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Part Two: Is Lean Curriculum Appropriate for the 21st Century High School?

This is part two of our series about a collaboration between Lean Learning Center, Oakland University, and the Clintondale Community School District offering students in two elective classes at Clintondale High School a six-week (30 lessons) course on Lean methods that included an extensive project-based learning simulation. If you’d like to catch up on Part One – click here. Now that we’ve reviewed 21st century high school curriculum, let’s review what Lean is: Overview of Lean Lean Fundamentals is a series of simulation-based/problem-based lessons for collaborative/team learning promoting knowledge, dispositions and applications of the widely used Lean body of knowledge and practice. Lean or the Lean performance management system encompasses a philosophy founded on five principles and a methodology of many (45+) tools. Lean is designed to promote logical analysis of an existing situation’s root problems through collaborative problem solving to eliminate root causes. In short, Lean is a way to improve paradigms through critical thinking and reflection (habits of mind and heart) and to improve processes through piloting of ideas and solutions (habits of hand). Lean relies on everyone to respect individual and collective potential (respect for people) and to use continuous improvement as a committed way to create [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:24:51+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Lean Learning Center|Comments Off on Part Two: Is Lean Curriculum Appropriate for the 21st Century High School?

Part One: Is Lean Curriculum Appropriate for the 21st Century High School?

Lean Learning Center recently participated in a collaboration with Oakland University and the Clintondale Community School District offering students in two elective classes at Clintondale High School a six-week (30 lessons) course on Lean methods that included an extensive project-based learning simulation. This program set out to prove that lean can provide high school students with real-world applications of skills in mathematics, process engineering, problem-solving, observation, entrepreneurship, marketing, inventory control, and more. This pilot also incorporated a flipped pedagogy of online videos and animations, supported by in-class teacher-led sessions and student teamwork. High School Education A 21st century high school is expected to provide students with rigorous learning experiences in a comfortable, supportive, safe, yet challenging learning environment. It is required or legislated that opportunities are available for core academic achievement (English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) and electives (Health/Wellness/Physical Education, Art, Music, World Language, etc.), as well as for specialized programs (STEM, STEAM, etc.) or Career and Technical Education programs (Business & Technology, Agriculture, Hospitality, etc.). All course and program options should result in college and career readiness for all students. In response to this context, high schools are finding many ways to meet these expectations. Examples [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:24:53+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Lean Learning Center|Comments Off on Part One: Is Lean Curriculum Appropriate for the 21st Century High School?