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LEAN Energy: Simple Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

LEAN Energy:  Simple Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

Are you looking for ways for your school to “go green” but do not have a large budget to hire an energy management consulting company?  Think Lean Energy.   At its heart, Lean focuses on eliminating waste from the value stream of a product or service.  (Click here  to see some examples of wasteful activities in… Read more »

Citizenship in the Digital Age: It Takes a Village

Citizenship in the Digital Age:  It Takes a Village

We gave our son a smart phone for his birthday.  My wife has been concerned for a number of reasons- the potential costs (she envisions enormous bills because of texting and downloading games), that the phone will be lost or stolen, that our son will lose his love for hardcopy books (he’s a voracious reader)… Read more »

The Shortest, Most Important Technology List

The Shortest, Most Important Technology List

Everywhere you look there is a top 10 Technology list.  From the top 10 science and technology innovations underway in 2014 (including an underground hotel in Shanghai) to the Tech 10 list of tablets to Time magazine’s recently identified Top 10 Tech Movies of the Millennium (Spoiler alert: Gravity won first place), we are at no shortage… Read more »

What Lies Beneath: Taking a Deeper Look

What Lies Beneath:  Taking a Deeper Look

In 1905 a curious 13 year-old boy named Ben Sands re-discovered what is now famously known as The Lost Sea located in Sweetwater, TN. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s largest underground lake, the Lost Sea is part of an extensive and historic cave system called Craighead Caverns.  Used by the… Read more »

Outstanding Customer Delight: Taking a Lesson from a Pal

Outstanding Customer Delight:  Taking a Lesson from a Pal

LEAN Frog team members were recently in east Tennessee supporting the First TN Superintendent’s Study Council.  While in the area, we were able to see the legendary Pal’s Sudden Service fast food restaurant at the original location in downtown Kingsport, TN.   You see Pal’s is not your ordinary burger joint.  Started in 1956 by Pal… Read more »

Providing Big Value-Add to Students and Parents with a Little Creativity

Providing Big Value-Add to Students and Parents with a Little Creativity

Everyone in public education is searching for ways their school system can increase the value they bring to students and their parents.  We often focus on that one big thing that will make students, parents and the community realize that public education is valuable, that one initiative that will generate support for education funding.   Well… Read more »

Breakfast in Classroom: Improving Our Schools… One Bite at a Time

Breakfast in Classroom: Improving Our Schools… One Bite at a Time

Non-instructional areas, such as the Child Nutrition Program (CNP), can significantly impact the finances, academics, and community relations of a school district.  Many Child Nutrition Programs suffer from inefficiencies such as low participation rates, high food costs, and high labor costs.  Some districts even operate at a financial loss, requiring the district to supplement CNP… Read more »

Efficiency in Education – Where to Start?

Efficiency in Education – Where to Start?

At no other time in history have we asked for so much from our public schools.  Yet at the same time, those same schools have seen funding continue to reduce.   Today, public schools are a long way from simply providing basic education in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Even beyond advanced 21st century student outcomes, our… Read more »

An Assessment is Not an Audit…Really!

An Assessment is Not an Audit…Really!

Often when our team goes in to a school system to perform an assessment, the staff members in the departments being reviewed appear nervous. From toe tapping to hand wringing, we have seen it all.  The amazing thing is how different many of them are at the end of the assessment.  The same individuals who… Read more »