LEAN Frog Named One of Nation’s Best

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 17, 2016) – LEAN Frog has been named the Southeastern Regional Finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.  LEAN Frog is one of seven finalist companies that is in the running for the Chamber’s 2016 Small Business of the Year award.

Print“We are thrilled to be selected as the Southeastern Regional Finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award,” said Sherri Headrick, LEAN Frog Co-Founder and the Director of Marketing and Personnel. “The recognition reinforces that this is a time of exciting growth and opportunity for LEAN Frog and our mission to maximize the services public schools provide students, parents and communities. We are thankful for the support of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the hard work of our talented team and the trust of our wonderful customers.”

The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award recognizes the success of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. Award winners demonstrate excellence in business strategies and goals, staff training and motivation, customer service and community involvement.

“It’s not easy to be a small business today, but that has not deterred companies like LEAN Frog from striving for and achieving success,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “American small businesses, and especially these finalists, demonstrate the traits that have made our economy the envy of the world – the ability to innovate, take risks, work hard, and dream big. The Chamber is proud to honor these outstanding companies as examples of what can be achieved in a free enterprise system.”

This award follows several other local, state and regional awards and recognitions received by LEAN Frog over the past few years, including 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Top 100 Small Businesses of the Year, 2015 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Best Places to Work Award, 2013 and 2014 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award and 2013 Better Business Bureau of North Alabama Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics for Small Businesses.

As a regional finalist, LEAN Frog will be recognized at the America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 14, 2016. At the event, one finalist will be named the Small Business of the Year and presented with a $10,000 cash prize.

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LEAN Frog announces new executive team member Dr. Brandon Payne

Huntsville, Ala. — LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc., is pleased to announce its recent hire of Dr. Brandon T. Payne, who will join the LEAN Frog team as the new director of operations. In this role, Dr. Payne will provide directional and operational oversight of client programs, projects and services at both the LEAN Frog headquarters in Huntsville, Ala., and the regional office in Mobile, Ala.

bpayne.photoWith more than 21 years of experience in K-12 public education, including 13 years as an administrator, Payne is an experienced, collaborative leader. He has facilitated student achievement in the classroom and through the development and implementation of system-wide initiatives and continuous improvement plans. Dr. Payne is a Consortium for School Networking, Certified Educational Technology Leader — the only superintendent or deputy superintendent in the state with this certification — and has his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from the University of Alabama.

“Dr. Payne is a well-respected leader in Alabama public education, both for his work in the instructional environment and for his supervision of the day-to-day operations of schools and school systems,” said Sherri Headrick, LEAN Frog co-founder and director marketing and personnel. “We are pleased to welcome someone of his caliber, experience and knowledge to the LEAN Frog executive team.”

Dr. Payne was previously the assistant superintendent of Cullman County Schools and now serves as the interim superintendent as Cullman County conducts its search for a new superintendent. Dr. Payne will assist in the search for and transition of the new superintendent.

“Public education is a part of my DNA. As I leave the formal setting of public education, I am excited to join an award-winning company that has a proven track record of helping public schools succeed,” said Payne. “I look forward to helping LEAN Frog help students across the Southeast.

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Alabama’s Best Contest Winners Announced at AASB Winter Conference

We always have an exciting time at Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) events. This year’s Winter Conference was no different. We had the opportunity to interact with Alabama’s very dedicated and hard-working school board members. Our President and Co-founder Byron Headrick gave a wonderful presentation on “The Pitfalls of Poor Strategic Planning” to a packed room of very engaged board members and superintendents.   LEAN Frog friend and great superintendent Dr. Shelly Mize, Tarrant City Schools, won the prize for our drawing – a cool AUTO x series drone. (Don’t worry the contest was not rigged. AASB Executive Director Dr. Sally Smith drew the winner’s name.) However, our favorite part of the AASB Winter Conference was announcing the winners of the second annual Alabama’s Best contest.

AASB and LEAN Frog co-sponsor the contest which is open to all public schools in Alabama. This year we expanded the contest to include instructional best practices as well as non-instructional practices. The entries were judged on creativity, sustainability and impact on students. We would like to congratulate all of the school systems that submitted entries for the 2nd annual Alabama’s Best K-12 Practices contest.

The 2015 Alabama’s Best K-12 Practices Award winners are . . .

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kim Hendon and board members Lisa Reed, Lynn Houston and Mary Ann Jordan accept the $3000 Grand Prize for Roanoke City Schools

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kim Hendon and board members Lisa Reed, Lynn Houston and Mary Ann Jordan accept the $3000 Grand Prize for Roanoke City Schools

$3,000 Grand Prize Winner – Roanoke City Schools

Outdoor Educational Center

The winning entry and $3000 Grand Prize winner was Roanoke City Schools with their Agricultural Project Based Learning practice. Their best practice highlights the importance of engaging students in authentic and real learning. Roanoke City’s five acre Outdoor Educational Center houses everything from fish ponds to bee hives, from blueberry bushes to a hydroponic greenhouse. Students not only participate in a cross disciplinary agricultural curriculum, they also utilize science, math, reading, and technology in a real world setting as they sell catfish and tilapia from the fish ponds and fresh eggs from the chicken coop.

Nearly one third of the students at Handy High School participate in this hands on project which requires to utilize the four Cs: critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. Future plans include having a storefront in downtown Roanoke for selling eggs, fish, vegetables, honey and jam.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Coefield accepts runner up $1000 prize for Pelham City Schools

Superintendent Dr. Scott Coefield accepts runner up $1000 prize for Pelham City Schools

$1000  Runner-Up Prize – Pelham City Schools

Journey to College and Career Readiness 

Pelham City Schools was a runner up winning entry receiving a $1000 cash prize. Their Journey to College and Career Readiness entry highlights the role of collaboration in ensuring a sustainable best practice.

While other school systems establish programs and develop their curriculum to help prepare students for college and career, few do it systematically from Kindergarten through 12th grade. This practice provides every student in Pelham City Schools (starting in Kindergarten) with the opportunity to explore, identify, and narrow college and career interest throughout his or her school career.

To ensure the sustainability of the practice, local school administrators, instructional coaches, high school college and career advisory boards review the vertical alignment annually to ensure career opportunities align with workforce development data, business partners’ feedback and student interests.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Freeman, CNP Director Kelley Wassermann, and board member Jennie McGehee accept $1000 runner up prize for Sylacauga City Schools

Superintendent Dr. Todd Freeman, CNP Director Kelley Wassermann, and board member Jennie McGehee accept $1000 runner up prize for Sylacauga City Schools

$1000 Runner-Up Prize – Sylacauga City Schools

Indian Valley Elementary Recycling and Repurposing Program

Sylacauga City Schools was the other runner up and recipient of $1000 with their Indian Valley Elementary Recycling and Repurposing Program. Sylacauga City’s entry highlights how caring and creative staff can make a positive impact on students in need.

The CNP staff go the extra mile in customer service to provide a funding source for students with negative meal accounts. By collecting, cleaning, and recycling disposable food containers students bring from home such as the lunchable plastic trays and Capri Sun pouches, the recycling revenue has funded a special account to help students who do not have enough money to cover lunch. Since its inception close to 800 students have benefitted from this best practice. This practice not only benefits students, but it also demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship.

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AcceleratED formed to offer K-12 School Systems a Competitive, More Efficient IT Staffing Model

 

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Huntsville, AL – Universal Solutions Initiative (USi), an expert technology and engineering solutions provider and LEAN Frog, a leading continuous improvement solutions provider for public schools, have joined forces to strengthen the IT services offered K12 public education customers.

“Working with school systems throughout the Southeast, we’ve often seen a gap between IT services and curriculum and instruction.  We formed AcceleratED to bridge the gap between education, technology, and assessments,” said co-founder Byron Headrick.  “We start by asking ‘What do your students need today to succeed now and tomorrow?’  By providing proactive planning and successful execution we help school systems put technology that matters into the classroom.”

AcceleratED provides infrastructure and ender-user device services for public schools.  Utilizing an increased value/flexible cost approach AcceleratED offers flexible, year-round IT support that is based on the needs of the school system.

“We are committed to providing schools with the highest quality service available,” said co-founder Clayton Hinchman.  “We understand the challenges school systems face and we tailor our support services to help systems accomplish their unique mission.   Whether planning a digital 1:1 initiative or operating a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program, we can help school systems modernize their network infrastructure, reduce their service times, and integrate curriculum-driven technology solutions.”

For more information about AcceleratED and how we can benefit your school system, please visit http://acceleratedk-12.com/ or contact us at 256-715-7810 or contact@acceleratedk-12.com

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LEAN Frog is Looking for a Few Good Men or Women

 

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Come work with LEAN Frog and have a hopping good time!

 

Are you beginning your career in Lean Six Sigma?  Would you like to do something different from traditional work in manufacturing, finance, or healthcare?  How does making a difference in the lives of students in public schools across the southeast sound to you?

LEAN Frog is looking to add additional staff to assist in their mission to positively impact students, parents and communities across the southeastern United States through the application of Lean Six Sigma so that our school system clients become the most effective and efficient systems within the nation as marked by:

•             Improved student outcomes

•             Increased financial sustainability

•             Enhanced parent and community involvement

•             Innovative strategies and practices

Currently we are seeking entry to mid-level Lean Six Sigma Practitioners –

Experience:

Prefer some background experience implementing Lean Six Sigma in transactional office environments with some experience leading kaizen events and DMAIC problem solving projects.   A certification in Lean Facilitation or as a Green Belt is desired, but is not required.

Skills:

Strong communication skills; Ability to meet deadlines; Ability to quickly comprehend new project requirements; Ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem solving environment; Ability to work well in team setting as well as independently; Ability to facilitate diverse teams; A desire to learn; Openness to feedback and mentoring; Ability to maintain positive working relationships with clients; Consistently exercise professional etiquette; Must be able to rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals; A certain degree of creativity and the ability to travel within the southeastern U.S. is required.

Prior to hire all applicants will be required to pass a drug and background check.

If interested, please send an introductory email and resume to info@theleanleap.com.  We will be accepting applicants from June 25th to July 4th, 2015.   We look forward to hearing from you.

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LEAN Frog is Selected Best Places to Work Huntsville/Madison County

Huntsville, AL –  The team of happy, high-performing employees at LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc. was honored with the designation of Best Places to Work on Tuesday, May, 5, 2015, at a celebratory luncheon hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce.  For LEAN Frog, this award capped an amazing two years that has included receiving the U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Blue Ribbon Award, the local Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year awards (Huntsville/Madison County in 2014; Madison City in 2013) and the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2013.

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The Best Places to Work Award is an annual signature event for members of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County and is presented to the “best of the best” businesses – from the employees’ perspective — in  the Tennessee Valley.  The selection process involves quantitative evaluations from a third party specialist in measuring workplace satisfaction and is based upon each company’s employees rating their company in the areas of team effectiveness, retention probability, job satisfaction, and benefits.

This year more than 200 area businesses were nominated and 59 completed the process to become contenders for the award. Three companies in each category of Micro, Small, Medium and Large, were selected as the Best Places to Work in Huntsville/Madison County.  LEAN Frog was in direct competition for this award with sixteen other Micro Category companies.

“For all of our contenders and honorees, this is a very significant accomplishment and it speaks volumes about the caliber of companies and employees that call Huntsville/Madison County home,” said Tharon Honeycutt, President of MSB Analytics, Inc. And the Chamber’s Vice Chair for Small Business & Events.  “Employees and businesses are recognized by their peers for their contributions and the overall impression within their workforce in the  community, making this a very special award.  Congratulations to all contenders, and to our award winners – the torch is passed to you now – keep making us all proud!”

Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, LEAN Frog is a nationally recognized small business focused on improving education through the application of Lean Six Sigma.  LEAN Frog’s mission is to amplify available resources in school systems to further student outcomes, engage parents and community, and develop innovative strategies/practices through fully involving employees, reducing costs, and building a spirit of continuous improvement.

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LEAN Frog Named U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner

021679_blue_ribbon_2015_72ppi  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named LEAN Frog of Huntsville, Alabama as a winner in its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards®, a program that recognizes companies for their success and innovation and for their contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. LEAN Frog was selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to use our expertise and talents every day doing what we love—improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public schools and thus improving the outcomes for generations of students.  The LEAN Frog team is honored to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for our work,” stated LEAN Frog President and Co-founder Byron Headrick.

The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists from among this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners on March 18 and honor all of this year’s winners at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit, taking place June 8 – 10 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.

All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner will be decided through online public voting between February 19 and March 4. (Click here if you would like to vote for LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc. for the Community Excellence Award .  One vote per person please. )

Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, LEAN Frog’s mission is to amplify available resources in school systems to further student outcomes, engage parents and communities, and develop innovative strategies and practices through fully involving employees, reducing costs, and building a spirit of continuous improvement.  LEAN Frog has won numerous awards including the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award from the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the 2014 “Excellence is Not an Excuse” from Alabama A&M University, the  2013 Small Business of the Year Award from the Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama’s 2013 Torch award for Marketplace Ethics for Small Businesses.  President and Co-Founder Byron Headrick won the 2013 Excellence in Leadership & Service Award from the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

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And the Winners Are . . . The 2014 Alabama’s Best Non-Instructional Practices Award

This fall, the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) and LEAN Frog sponsored a contest to recognize Best Practices and Innovations in the non-instructional departments of K-12 public schools.  These Best Practices and Innovations have impacted student achievement and promoted the effective and efficient use of public resources statewide during the last two school years.

From Child Nutrition to Transportation to Student Services, non-instructional departments and programs in public schools across Alabama are implementing creative and sustainable Best Practices.  These Best Practices improve students’ well-being, help prepare them for successful futures, and encourage the involvement of school staff, parents, and the local community.  The entries LEAN Frog received boast some impressive results:

  • A 63% increase in high school breakfast participation rates
  • Promotion of unity and shared responsibility
  • A 5% increase in the number of students with perfect attendance
  • Assistance with motor skills for Special Education students
  • Improved ACT test scores
  • Dramatic decreases in detention
  • Over 98,000 hot meals served to children 18 and under during the summer
  • Reductions in truancy, discipline issues, and tardiness

LEAN Frog and the Alabama Association of School Boards congratulate all of the school systems that submitted entries and thank them for all they do on behalf of Alabama public education.  Award presentations and the winning videos and slides will be featured at the 2014 AASB Conference held December 3-6 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The 2014 Alabama’s Best Non-Instructional Practices Award winners are . . .

Winning Entry ($3,000 Grand Prize)  

Tarrant City Schools – A Creative Approach to Solving Child Nutrition Challenges

Many schools have seen drops in their student breakfast and lunch participation rates since converting to recipes compliant with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act law.  Even among those students still participating, some Child Nutrition Programs are reporting food waste when complying with standards set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Alabama State Department of Education.  Schools across the nation are grappling with the question, “How do you make nutritious meals that kids enjoy eating?”

Tarrant Intermediate School students demonstrate healthy approaches to problem-solving

Tarrant Intermediate School students demonstrate healthy approaches to problem-solving.  CLICK the photo to see Tarrant’s video submission.

The 2014 “Alabama’s Best” award-winning entry (and winner of the $3,000 grand prize) addresses this question and focuses on how Tarrant City Schools improved their Child Nutrition Program through the implementation of a series of best practices over the last two years.  “With all of the changes that have come about with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, we are continuing to ensure that all stakeholders have a voice and we are striving to implement as many requests as possible within the HHFKA framework. It is an on-going process and we will continue to tweak the program as needed,” said CNP Director Kelley Javinett.

Through their research, Tarrant City Schools discovered that “reduced-price” families missed qualifying for “free” meals by less than $500 per year. As a result, they implemented a Universal Breakfast Program in the spring of 2012.  This program increased breakfast participation across the whole district.  The greatest impact was at Tarrant Elementary, with participation increasing from 54% to 95%. Later in the 2012-13 school year, Tarrant City Schools implemented the Provision 2 option in the federal School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program, thus providing free breakfast and lunch across the entire district, resulting in simplified paperwork, streamlined meal service, and further increased student participation. In the spring of 2013, student focus groups were conducted on student preferences, with the data used to drive purchasing decisions and meal preparation.  Items such as hot wings and buffalo chicken pizza were added to lunch menus. Based on student feedback, the switch was made to 8 oz. plastic milk containers versus traditional cartons, resulting in an increase in milk consumption by 30% daily.   In the spring of 2014, a “Kitchen Cook Off” was held to determine entrée appeal and taste. This data was used to drive Child Nutrition professional development activities.  The sustainable results are increased student participation in breakfast and lunch, greater acceptance of the menu, and more engaged students and staff who feel their voices have been heard.

Runner-Up Winning Entry ($1000 Prize)

Huntsville City Schools – A Role Model for Implementation and Impact

 As the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service points out, “Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.” The USDA established the Summer Food Service Program to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals and snacks throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Unfortunately, fewer than eight percent of Alabama students eligible to receive meals in the summer were actually getting them.

Westlawn Middle School students saying a prayer before eating their supper.

Westlawn Middle School students saying a prayer before eating their supper.

Huntsville City Schools’ award-winning second place entry highlights the system’s successful implementation of this program.  Free meals meeting Federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. Huntsville City Schools’ unique approach involved city-wide collaborations such as partnering with other local organizations like Girls Inc. and other groups who have active summer programs, partnering with the city of Huntsville to provide free bus transportation to children who need a ride to school so they can eat, and setting up Alabama’s only SFSP to provide three hot meals per day.  This resulted in almost 100,000 children served.  The number of summer meals served to children across the city was three times as many hot meals provided in all SFSP programs across the entire state of Alabama combined!  As a result, Huntsville City Schools has been identified as a state, regional, and national role model for implementing SFSP.  However, it is the thankfulness of the students and their families that brings the greatest satisfaction to those that implemented the program.

“They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  I believe this picture (students at Westlawn Middle school praying before eating a hot supper meal) tells you why Huntsville City Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski, along with the Huntsville City School Board, supports the Summer Foodservice Program,” said Child Nutrition Director, Joey Vaughn.

Runner-Up Winning Entry ($1000 Prize)

Sylacauga City Schools – A Committed Team Dedicated to Sustainable Interventions

“Response to Intervention is not a special education initiative; it is a general education obligation.”

Marcus Johnson uttered these words at the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony.  The 2011 National Superintendent of the Year, who coached four Sanger(CA) Unified Schools District schools from the bottom 10% in student achievement to National Blue Ribbon status, discussed the importance of teamwork during his featured presentation at the 2014 Ceremony.  He described a team as “a group of people working together interdependently to meet a common goal and holding each other accountable.”

Sylacauga Success on Saturday--engaging our students in every way!

Sylacauga Success on Saturday–engaging our students in every way!

Sylacauga City Schools’ award winning second place entry, “SOS — Success on Saturday”, demonstrates the role that teamwork and dedication play in helping students achieve.  Students from third through twelfth grades participate in math practice, Leader in Me activities, ENGAGE testing, counseling, school projects, credit recovery, and other supporting activities at no cost.  The program takes place on Saturdays at three Sylacauga City Schools with over 200 students receiving tutoring, homework help, and life counseling. Administrators, counselors, and teachers provide personalized intervention and support; CNP workers provide breakfast, snack, and lunch; and the system’s bus drivers provide safe travel to and from the program.

The academic growth of SOS students is impressive.  Retentions in the ninth and tenth grades have dramatically decreased, while there have been no retentions in the third through fifth and eighth grades in the past year. The program has garnered the support of students, parents, the community, and school staff.  When asked to prioritize student support programs, principals unanimously choose SOS as their number one choice.  As Carol Martin, Director of Instruction and Intervention remarked, “Parents now call and ask if their student can attend SOS, and students even ask to attend!  They recognize what great results we are seeing.  SOS is one of our most successful RTI interventions.”

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LEAN Frog Congratulates 2014 MCC Small Business Awards Winners

LEAN Frog was honored to participate in the Madison Chamber of Commerce (MCC) 2014 Small Business Awards last night at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama.   As the 2013 Small Business of the Year winner (LEAN Frog) and the 2013 Excellence in Leadership and Service Award winner (Byron), our President and Co-founder Byron Headrick presented the 2014 awards for these categories.  Congratulations and best wishes to Debbie Newman (General Manager) and team of Best Western Plus Madison-Huntsville Hotel, the 2014 Small Business of the Year and to Beth Martin (Madison Market President, Progress Bank), the 2014 Excellence in Leadership and Service Award winner.

2014 Winners

We congratulate ALL of the nominees, finalists and winners and we thank you for your contributions to our community.  We started LEAN Frog in 2009 as a consultancy helping area small businesses develop and implement sustainable businesses processes.  We shifted focus to working with public schools in 2011—helping schools improve efficiency and effectiveness in their non-instructional departments through the practical application of Lean Six Sigma systems and tools.  Small businesses and schools are two of the building blocks of any successful community and LEAN Frog is proud to serve both of these institutions.

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From Titans to Therapy Dogs: Enter Alabama’s Best Contest Before Oct. 17 Deadline

  • A Tennessee Titan visit. A visit from a senator-smooching therapy dog.
  • Hot nutritious breakfasts provided during the summer.  Breakfasts and personalized interventions provided on Saturdays.
  • Teaching students and parents the importance of consistent school attendance.  Teaching athletes the importance of leadership, character, integrity and discipline.

3 practice snipThis is a just a sample of the wide range of entries we have received for the Alabama’s Best Non-Instructional Practices Contest.  Keep ’em coming!  The deadline to enter is this Friday (October 17, 2014).

The Alabama’s Best Contest recognizes and awards best practices and innovations in the non-instructional departments of Alabama’s K-12 public schools.  The winning entry will receive $3000.  Two second place winners will receive $1000 each.

LEAN Frog and the Alabama Association of School Boards are recognizing Alabama school districts (or schools within a district) for the significant role non-instructional support services play in promoting student achievement.   From Child Nutrition to Transportation to Student Services, non-instructional departments in public schools across Alabama are implementing creative, sustainable best practices.  These best practices improve students’ well-being,  help prepare them for successful futures, and encourage the involvement of school staff, parents and the local community.  The entries we have received so far boast some impressive results:

  • A 63% increase in high school breakfast participation rates
  • Promotion of unity and shared responsibility
  • A 5% increase in the number of students with perfect attendance
  • Special Education students helped with motor skills
  • Improved ACT  test scores
  • Dramatic decreases in detention
  • Over 98,000 hot meals served to children 18 and under during the summer
  • Reductions in truancy, discipline issues and tardiness

2nd 2 practiceDoes your school or school system have one or more innovative practices or creative solutions that deserve to be recognized?  Review the requirements, rules and regulations for the Alabama’s Best Contest and ENTER NOW.  Deadline to enter is Friday, October 17.

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