The Excellent Education System: Using Six Sigma to Transform Schools helps you discover and understand the technique of evidence-based learning and operations through which the modern school satisfies the need to increase the flow of successful students through the educational system from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
This book explains, in clear terms, what educational excellence means and the principles of process improvement. In addition, it gives your an introduction to the Six Sigma methodology. Included in the discussion are case studies of educational professionals who have found a new world centered in the evidence-based educational processes. These processes lead to many examples of dramatic turnarounds in some failing schools.
The author presents strategies and actions that you can use to improve schools such as those presented in the case studies. The Appendices provide a wide variety of tactical resources for implementation.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Chapter 1: What Do We Mean by Educational Excellence? Chapter 2: Six Sigma: Where Did it Come From? Chapter 3: What is Six Sigma? Chapter 4: The Six Sigma Toolbox and Methodology. Chapter 5: In Plain Sight: Sources of Wastes . Chapter 6: Applied Six Sigma and American Education: Primary School. Chapter 7: Applied Six Sigma and American Education: Secondary School. Chapter 8: Applied Six Sigma and American Education: Private Schools. Chapter 9: Applied Six Sigma and American Education: Charter Schools. Chapter 10: Applied Six Sigma and American Education: Higher Education. Chapter 11: The I Goals 9 Solution. Chapter 12: Bringing it Altogether. Chapter 13: The Road to Educational Excellence. Further Reading.
Daniel T. Bloom is a well-respected author, speaker, and HR Strategist, who has worked as a contingency executive recruiter, a member of the internal HR staff of a Fortune 1000 corporation, and as a Corporate Relocation Director for several real estate firms. He is an active participant within the HR Social Media scene maintaining Blogs on BestThinking.com, Wordpress, Human Capital League, Blogger, Toolbox for HR, and others. Since 1980 he has written over 40 articles and white papers which have appeared in the professional press and online.
Dan is also a frequent contributor to the HR site Hirecentrix. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Worldwide ERC, and a Professional member of the National Speakers Association. He currently serves as a member of the Engineering Technology and Building Arts Advisory Board at St. Petersburg College. After 30 years involvement in the industry, he is a Subject Matter Expert on issues surrounding Domestic Relocation issues.
A graduate of Parsons College with a degree in Education, Daniel Bloom is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR); a Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Senior Certified Relocation Professional. He founded Daniel Bloom & Associates, Inc. in 1980 following a lay off from the HR department of the ECI Division of E-Systems.
"Excellent, excellent, excellent read."
-Kamaljit K. Jackson, Quality Systems Manager Gateway Technical College
"I could not put it down! This is an excellent resource and compelling read for anyone committed to improving their organizations performance. I can’t wait to share the book with my colleagues and staff."
-Dr. Bryan Albrecht President & CEO Gateway Technical College
"For the past 20 years I have been applying a combination of Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints to drive improvement in a variety of fields including manufacturing, healthcare and maintenance, repair and overhaul. In each case, the results achieved have been outstanding in terms of profitability and flow. I’ve often wondered how this same approach would work in an academic environment. The good news is, my days of wondering are over, thanks to Dan Bloom!
Dan’s new book, The Excellent Education System: Using Six Sigma to Transform School, provides educators, at all levels, with the framework and plan for improvement. To quote Dan, "The bottom line is that the TOC segment of the TLS orientation provides answers to three vital questions:
- TOC tells us what has to be changed
- TOC tells us what we need to change the process to
- TOC tells us how to make the change happen
The perspective then moves to the use of lean tools to remove the obstacles and then the Six Sigma tools to create a standard of work going forward."
Although Dan provides the key attributes for a successful educational improvement initiative, it is these three questions that every educational institution must answer correctly in order to successfully drive their improvement effort.
Dan brilliantly lays out the necessary tools from each improvement methodology and provides relevant examples on how to use them. Dan also tells us that improvement can’t just be from the top down. Improvement must come at all levels with active participation at all levels of the organization.
Well done Dan, and I highly recommend this book to all administrators, teachers and students!"
-Bob Sproull, Certified LSS MBB and TOC Jonah
"I taught college for many years and wished we would have had this book. Our quests for excellence would have been much more structured, laser focused and successful. Like most educators, we were not versed in the Six Sigma approach and would have greatly benefited from Daniel Bloom’s discussion of excellence, comprehensive review of Six Sigma and practical application for the classroom. A hidden benefit would have been how it can provide a framework for communicating between teachers, administration, students, parents and the taxpayers.
In the end, this book will help schools prepare students by reexamining the process of education, eliminating waste and building a much needed foundation of excellence. It is then that students will thrive in an ever-changing world. I highly recommend it for teachers and administrators ranging from K-12 on through college. If I were scheduling a faculty in-service, this book would be the first place I would start."
-Loren Murfield Ph.D.
"I salute Dan Bloom for asking the right questions and presenting a proven strategy for creating a culture of transformation that is aimed squarely at creating excellence in our educational system. Bloom aims his expertise at teacher and student thinking systems in a way that is refreshing, effective and on point. This book is a must for teachers and administrators looking to create change in the education system."
-Carl Nielson, Chief Discovery Officer, Success Discoveries Author/Developer, Career Coaching for Students