A school district has received recognition for the use of an innovative business model in the classroom by applying LEAN principles to literacy.
LEAN principles maximize value while using fewer resources. The efforts of the Kimberly Area School District have been recognized by the American Society For Quality, which awarded the district one of nine worldwide awards for Education Team Excellence Recognition.
Several years ago, the district began its Continuous Improvement Project, and teachers were trained in applying LEAN principles to their classroom instruction. This has resulted in a standard work model for literacy, in which teachers look at student data and adapt instruction to fit those students.
In the second grade, children are grouped according to their needs with one of the five second grade teachers. The children in the groups have different abilities, but the focus is on needs, which are different. For example, students who struggle with spelling are in one group, while students who need help with word recognition or descriptive words are in other groups.