Continuous Improvement in K-12 Organizations: A Value-Stream for Efficiency & Process Improvement - Phoenix, AZ | Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix Glendale Sports & Entertainment District | jueves, 05. diciembre 2019

Continuous Improvement in K12 Organizations: A Value-Stream for Efficiency & Process Improvement
A new, high-demand workshop designed and presented by Kevin M. Steele, Ed.S.
2-Day WORKshop Specifically designed for Organization Leaders Working In K-12 Buildings: Superintendents, Board Members, Principals, Administrators, Lead Teachers, Team Leaders, Classroom Teachers, Building Admin Assistants (because they truly know everything…so bring them with!)
The Ultimate Workshop on Improving Your Schools Processes & Functions utilizing lean processes for continuous improvement.

Use value-stream thinking to identify problems at process level that are affecting operational performance.
Apply lean and continuous improvement tools and their appropriate use in K12 educational environments.
Improve a process in your organization in under 4-weeks by attending this course.
Shift the culture of your organization to empower individuals to make informed changes to processes in their own practice.
Apply what you are learning directly to a project of your choice to improve a process at your organization
Identify and reduce waste in your organization’s processes to free up taxed resources and strategically allocate resources better.
Create fundamentally different relationships with employees and others that focus on coaching and developing their problem-solving ability.

Day 1 – (In Person) 8:30am-3:00pm Introduction to Lean & Six Sigma Principles

Simulation in lean processes
Stretching the manufacturing technique to education
Choosing a Project
Scoping the Project
Tools, tools and more tools!

Day 2 – (In Person) 8:30am-3:00pm

Choosing a Project
Scoping the Project
Tools, tools and more tools!

Online Support & Collaboration (You Schedule w/ Presenter)

Review Project Status
“Phone-A-Friend” – Share issues and get advice from each other and the presenter to move forward.
Virtual Consultation Time

Key Benefits of Attending

Learning by Doing – Working with your own project and team, you will have the opportunity to make immediate connection to the material being presented and have concrete evidence of a working LEAN/Six Sigma improvement.
Focus on Constituent Needs – Continuous Improvement has its roots in manufacturing and focuses on the “customer” needs and expectations. In education, we adapt our “customer” to be the receiver of the improved process. This could be teachers after an evaluation process is reviewed, it could be students after a discipline process is reviewed.
Walking the Walk – Gemba walks are the start of the process. We will review steps you can take to have successful Gemba walks in your organization.
Consulting Time – We have built in the consulting time for this workshop with our online sessions between the meeting days. You will have access to the other attendees and the presenter during this time.
Differentiate between value and non-value activities and start to identify those within your improvement cycle.
Measure & Analyze the efficiency of an existing process and improve the efficiency of a broken, cumbersome process
Communication strategies for introducing the process improvement phases and strategies to work effectively with resistors to the process.
Re-Measure the efficiency of an improved process
Deliver better results faster with fewer resources
Mapping the “customer” value stream
Implementation of LEAN methods (5S, Poka Yoke, Kanban & Kaizen) to decrease waste
Identify the 8 forms of waste and reduce those throughout your processes.
Adapting LEAN & Six Sigma processes into a learning and teaching environment.
Receive a detailed resource handbook packed with ideas, suggestions and step-by-step instructions on how to create and manage a continuous improvement project … You’ll have access to practical ideas, information and resources to help you get started immediately

“Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.” W. Edwards Deming
Our educational organizations **** unprecedented challenges. Amid societal calls and government mandates for improved student performance, educators find themselves tasked with meeting annually increased performance expectations but doing so with diminishing financial and political influence – essentially, doing more with less. This workshop will take you through simulations and real-world application of many of the points of LEAN and Six-Sigma improvements. Many of these improvements will result in increased employee commitment, improved processes, waste reduction and much more. All of which will show returns in the improved culture of your organization and the budget!
Kevin will present many tools, but will assist you throughout your process with selecting and customizing the right tool to your specific needs. Kevin’s practical style of presenting and working in continuous improvement will cut straight through all the buzz words to the process and the approaches to solve the issues at hand. The workshop will be filled with strategies to get your project off the ground and in production in the 4-week time span of the course.
Come Prepared
Please bring with you a list of at least 5, but no more than 10 processes in your organization that you believe need to improve. These can be logjams of paperwork, flow of students in a lunch line, hiring of substitute teachers, discipline procedure backlog, bus driver turnover, disruptions to work in the main office of the school, etc.
Also, bring a laptop on which to work! We will provide the internet connection!
Uniquely Experienced Instructor
Kevin M. Steele, Ed.S. is a licensed K12 educator with over 15 years of classroom experience. Additionally, he is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with several years of practical application of lean processes in education. His current role as Assistant Director of Continuous Improvement at Valparaiso University focuses his lean improvement efforts on classroom design, educational technology, student experience and student facing services. His experience in and out of the classroom uniquely qualify him to work specifically with education-based organizations. He understands the imposed limits, perceived value and practicality of working in school environments.
Kevin has designed this workshop with many touchpoints for you to receive consultation throughout the 4 weeks (5 meetings) of this course. The course is designed to provide time and real-world experience with the tools and improvement cycles. We learn best by doing!
Session Agenda

Check-in will begin at 8:00am (A continental breakfast will be awaiting you with coffee, tea and pastries)
Program will run from 8:30am-3:00pm
Lunch will be on your own

Payment & Refund Policies

Paying by Purchase Order? We do that, too!  Instructions can be found on our Payment & Refund Policies page above.

Certificate of Attendance
Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the completion of the workshop that states the following:

Workshop Title
Clock Hours = 16.5 hours max 

Graduate Professional Development Credit Available

Through a partnership with Brandman University, all programs offered by the International Center for Education qualify for graduate professional development credit for an additional fee paid directly to Brandman University.  Details can be found at:

The International Center for Education is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) approved sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) workshops.  A certificate of attendance will be issued to all attendees with our CTLE Sponsor Number listed. CTLE provider #23594