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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 »

Superintendent Study Councils: A Fantastic Way to Lunch and Learn!

Superintendent Study Councils:  A Fantastic Way to Lunch and Learn!

You may or may not know that prior to moving to the Huntsville/Madison County area, our Sales and Marketing Manager Dave Knowles had a 30 year career in the hospitality industry, working specifically in college and university food service management.  Imagine his delight witnessing new generations of young culinary artists work their magic while he… 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 »

Reach Out and Read: A Great Prescription for Young Developing Minds

Reach Out and Read:  A Great Prescription for Young Developing Minds

Getting off to a good start in reading is critical to children’s academic success.  The non-profit organization Reach Out & Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  They work with pediatric health care providers to incorporate pre-literacy counseling with families… 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 »

Everyone Needs/Deserves a Great Coach

Everyone Needs/Deserves a Great Coach

We probably all have a “Greatest Coaches of All Times” list.  Here in the Southeast that list would probably include legendary college coaches like Pat Summit of Tennesse’s Lady Vols and Paul “Bear” Byrant of the Alabama Crimson Tide.  These coaches are revered not only for their championships and their winning records, but for their… 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 »