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How to Understand how to Improve Outcomes in Your School

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Edward Deming

From pre-school to higher education we have been both officially and unofficially held to expected outcomes by our communities who uphold the value of education. Throughout the ages of school improvement it has always been an inherent mission for schools is to educate students to be better than they were. When asking this question of being better than they were or can we truthfully measure our outcomes to measure our school attenders and employees that they are succeeding to achieve at their true potential. When we walk the halls and view classrooms or sit in on an online course what is the measure that the teacher is reaching their full potential or are the students being an realizing an opportunity to move closer to their potential? Schools have often accepted redundant teaching methods over the years and produced lesson plans that have been the same way for many years. When our student audience has changed over the years our teaching approaches now needed to adapt to the learning styles and values of our society.

It is a proven fact that giving grades for our students is without a doubt is a very subjective measure to predict and show competencies accomplished. Very little is measured from a skills perspective for skill in a competency at the conclusion of any term. We can extend this weakness to how we give opportunities for the educators to improve their potential by improving instruction. The measures of instruction fit into the same class as our student measures which is very subjective. As we look at these glaring facts our schools at all levels of for-profit, non-profit, private and sectarian are influenced by government regulations focusing on these old outdated forms of measurement. Our states are using standardized testing for measuring the success of their resident students. When we should be looking for improvement, we are looking at a standards established for only those that could meet the artificial targets. Improvement starts with a baseline and a build from there.

I am sure many of you remember the movie “Money Ball” with Brad Pitt as the general manager of a professional baseball team. This was a story of an actual team who relied on results to improve the team outcomes with success. The data were pointed at the key targets to make baseline improvement of the team. Measurement dictates a process for improving outcomes. The baseball team proceeded to an ultimate outcome of success. If we can use the premise of process by using data we too can have success in our schools.

Schools and colleges making these adjustments will offer to all their stakeholders visible growth by allowing for participants to move to higher potentials. By making these process changes outcomes are not subjective but measuring validated targets after the improvement of learning.

If you have any interest in making this change I have the process used now for eight years that makes the data work for you. Process is key to success in any organization. Process was the key to improving industry by a famous industrial consultant who rebuilt Japan after World War II. Dr. Edward Deming.

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Surprisingly Schools have not did much to capitalize on this process. Research coming forth now may change this practice in our academic centers.

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It is certain that by establishing the correct target by using data and analytics with schools in any environment or culture can improve. GRCARLSON INC. are here to help you make the transition.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren

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Senator Warren is one of the best scapegoat rhetoric communicators of “who are the bad people?” We have to many dictatorial candidates around the world who have found sensationalism to be their mode of operation. To be sure that when we attack with sensationalism is a way to get attention and produce fear into your hearts and minds. When individuals attack race, religion or freedom it has been destructive historically. The only thing we don’t know about our future is the history we have not read. Our American leaders have for centuries found the purpose for American citizens to have freedom of choice. When anyone has directed their motivation to reduce your freedom or take it away diminishes the value of your voting rights. I have always been a proud American who has had a long history of family who have fought for those rights. When ever I see someone spouting rhetoric with generalized threats and accusations about institutions or people I am concerned. Senator Warren’s lack of knowledge on the service of all educational institutions is transparent. Her direct attack on all career schools is a complete generalization of all schools in that particular sector.  Anyone who has taken this position encourages actions for innocent people being hurt. Over the past eight years it has been devastating to see how students, communities, and teachers across the country have been negatively affected by being associated with career schools. My career has taken me across all levels of education for the past fifty years. My association with America education has given me the opportunity to meet and work with a great number of dedicated and committed educators. It is without question the actions of people like Senator Warren has influenced the destruction of the ability of these people to perform great outcomes for student lives and teachers to perform great achievements for their students.

We all must believe in a system that was created to deal with the bad actors in any individual or organization. Our freedom was derived from these guidelines by our forefathers to not make prejudicial accusations or generalizations about masses of people. These protections allow for a nation that embraces creativity and diversity. As an educator now for fifty years I have always been proud of the systems that has been developed to meet the needs of a nation, state and community. The opportunities of education have arisen by the pure knowledge of supply and demand in each of our habitats where we live. Whenever we strike down anyone of these opportunities we are affecting our citizens residing in these communities. They are faced with economic issues, employment issues, crime issues, welfare issues and mental health. By striking down any provider in a community which understands the need of that community there becomes a great gap. To maintain a strong healthy community the population needs to remain competitive by being a nation strong with well-educated people. By attacking any niche of education for destruction there will be a group of people adversely affected.

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America strong is the right to attend private schools, charter schools, public schools, nonprofit schools, career schools, community colleges, secular and non secular schools. All of these schools and colleges were an outgrowth of freedom of choice. Take any one of these offerings away and you are affecting a specific category of student with specific needs. Professional teachers are equipped and trained to work with their student base and are familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the entering student enrolled.

As a U.S. citizen I am making an appeal to you to be wary of all out attacks on institutions that have served us well over 200 years. We are a diverse country with varied needs. Individuals who are egocentric with polemic views can put our communities in grave danger. Be selfish with your freedom and don’t adhere to any proposal of action that may take it away from you.

The time has come where your communication can no longer be the silent majority but will be an out cry of sanity for our communities and neighbors. Communicate with your friends, neighbors, and elected officials that now is the time to let your voice be heard.

Education inherently was to be guided and built by the states and their local communities. There is enough proof today to see we have followed a money trail that has taken us away from this local control and the ability to have the freedom of choice.

As you proceed to all our elections national, state, and local be sure to be informed. False declarations and false accusations need to be discovered by you the consumer of news. You cannot depend on what you read or hear may be true. The facts need to be your guide. Never, Never give up your freedom to have a choice. Your vote in the future may be to keep your freedoms or give them away.

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New Corporation Looks to Fill the Gap

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Schools and colleges have great opportunities to meet the needs of their communities. Looking back on the origination of why proprietary schools were in such demand was the necessity to provide education and training in the workforce areas of need. Employers would say in that time the only way to meet the skills gap was to look to proprietary schools who considered the trades and technical skills as a way to meet the demand needs. As the pendulum swings the gap areas are clearly delineated by the workforce and their frustration with the lack of trade and technical school graduates. It is indeed refreshing to see a curriculum publisher who has stepped out in front to meet these needs for schools. It appears, NEXTSTEP has made entry and implementation for new and current schools very transparent. I have included the announcement below. It has been a tough time with schools in the last several years. Returning to our root expertise with the demand makes perfect sense.

Quantum Educational Services , a leader in Higher Education content, counseling and consulting,is pleased to announce the launch of NEXTSTEP, an educational product designed to help Career Schools , Community Colleges and Companies bridge the skills gap.
> IT, Cybersecurity, Health Care and Project Management are all changing and educational institutions have not changed to meet employer needs. As a result, 3.5 million open jobs go unfilled because Colleges do not address Company needs. In addition, imbedded certifications are a must in order to demonstrate competence. NEXTSTEP has partnered with CompTIA, ESPA and others to provide demonstrably qualified employees.
> If you have interest in programs in automation, robotics, IOT, cybersecurity, Health Information technology, nutrition, health information management, project management or other programs, contact us at http://www.quantumeducationalservices.com

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In the last two weeks we have been given a wake up call. Really I don’t believe we should have had much of a surprise. When did we not have special consideration for any one with the money to influence a decision. Politicians spend exorbitant amounts of money to win an election. News media broadcast through their journalism how much each candidate has spent. Hollywood elite sit in the best seats and attend events no family could afford to be present. Now! We have been informed how family members of money have received special avenues to admissions into some of our most prestigious colleges and schools. One entrepreneur saw the opportunity to cheat, lie, and commit fraud for the highest bidders. Who were the people who could and would take advantage of this opportunity? This is just a tip of the iceberg.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is iceberg.jpg

I ask you where does that put you when you are reading this? Circling back looking at where colleges, politicians, leaders, and news media have been predators of colleges and schools who were serving students from the middle class and low socio economically challenged communities. The schools didn’t have millions or billions of dollar endowments. They relied on the systems allowed them by the federal government to allow these students to attend post secondary education. They were graced with attaining student loans initiated by the federal government to reach their potential academically. The majority of this population came from families that had never had any one attend a college. Family members who hadn’t been in a school since high school for six to ten years. Looking to better their families they attended the only school they could afford with private student loans. Others came from colleges and schools they could no longer afford or could not compete with the rich and famous. Over the past six years thousands upon thousands of students have lost their schools. The pitch was these schools were committing fraud and pressuring students to enroll. My life has experienced thirteen U.S. Presidents where everyone has held education of society as important. In the last ten years we have done irritable damage to the student population pursuing a better life. No one ever ask when these students take these loans where the interest payments go? We are in the middle of a drastic need to get our heads on straight and stop pointing our fingers and really look to how to improve access and completion with appropriate outcomes. Gallup completed a study on how our U.S. population perceived higher education:

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How can we gain any confidence going forward with these measures of reliability. Recently, a group of people gathered to consider how to monitor and engage colleges and schools to improve their performance. Some of you may be asking who are these people and how can they understand and know who I am and what my family needs for an education?

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Let’s be honest with our path of needs. I have enjoyed teaching and being a leader in the education arena for forty-nine years. It has been a blessing to work with youth and adults across the United States and abroad. Education always becomes important during elections to gain votes from parents and adults interested in education. So ask your self why the governing bodies have continued to accept the inequity of our schools and colleges in funding and regulations. This nation has been blessed with the ability to provide schools and colleges reaching the needs of many citizens with interest in an abundance of vocations. No one single career path or education endeavor is better than another. Life provides the opportunity to discover vocations that will foster individual achievement and satisfaction. The only path to success isn’t always a college. My journey in proceeding through the education maze was by having opportunities at a trade school, junior college, metropolitan college and large university. My life gave me the opportunity to teach at all levels and provide leadership for hundreds of colleges. First hand my life has allowed me to see how our schools can influence lives.

On the scale of measuring education success and opportunity how can we improve:

School and College access

equitable funding and regulations

School operations equal with opportunity, materials, technology, equipment, the retention of teachers.

Teacher education improvement (instruction design and methodology)

Allowing for students to receive personalized education by recognizing where they are functioning at the entrance into school

Student performance measurements from baseline data and not standardized test

Meaningful measurements for schools recognizing their populations with analysis of data

Variables affecting success and how to address them

Improve school attendance

Collaborative engagement between employers and schools

Flexibility (scheduling, matriculation, reaching competencies)

Stop the caste system of education in our nation

Today is the day we should start the road to improvement. A fifty member panel working around the political correct process is not the answer for the future. People like to think they are experts in education because we all went to school somewhere. I think we would all agree things have changed dramatically over the years since the year I was born in 1946. But some things have never changed. We should begin by asking why not?

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The Most Important Topic with Great Attention

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Path Less Traveled

The best way to start this article is to write it to myself. Throughout the years during my life it was no secret how important my family and community regarded a good education. For me to further my education beyond high school I knew I would be the first to go on to higher education. My path was nothing but questions on how I could actually go to on after high school? My inner thoughts were crowded with “Am I smart enough?”, “how can I afford it?”, “what should I study to become?” and many more deterrents to go forward. This time was in the mid to late 1960’s. The saying that some of us get to be in the right place at the right time applied to me. Fortune presented itself for me to gradually take the path by attending a junior college and then going on to a four-year university. I graduated as a teacher in 1969 with no student loans. I further continued my education and completed a Master’s Degree with no student loans. By age thirty-two I had finished my doctorate in education with no student loans. Did I have any scholarships or grants? Yes I did but not enough to pay for all the tuition and books. For me to complete any of my degrees I needed to work. I worked forty hours a week plus attended college full-time. How could that be possible? By planning my matriculation with courses, times and dates the plan was laid out to have a path of success. Good advisors and teachers helped to make all this happen. My goals were on a great start to completion.

Differences in that time and now was the tuition for me was affordable if I worked hard to have the additional funds each semester I could continue. Today’s tuition has grown to be inexcusably unaffordable and it has placed many students into lifetime debt. Through governmental allowable loans for students colleges escalated their tuition to be equal to what is allowable by the government programs. So upon graduation today a student now owes large amounts of money in federal student loan commitments. Colleges and schools became the scapegoat of the problem of student loan indebtedness. My era knew that upon graduation that upon taking our new jobs it would be at an entry-level and we could within time increase our incomes by our experience and our ability to be successful in our chosen professions. This worked so well it gave all students the opportunity to grow within their career. Today, loan debt has presented itself with frustration and anxiety to earn large amounts of money fast to meet student loan payments. Our government decided the way to face up to this student loan issue is to require schools tuition match a ratio with starting salaries in the given career field. This was without any regard to operations cost to the schools and the salaries needed to keep good teachers in their profession. This practice now had no regard  for  graduates to grow in time into their salary potential with success on the job. My work path has always been to practice a plan of getting better to achieve higher goals.

How important is a good education to any country. Should it be affordable? Does it have equity to other high priority funding in America? Does America encourage a caste system of education where those that have high incomes can afford better education than others. Have we priced out middle class Americans from attending expensive elite colleges? How many average American high school students have the opportunity to aspire to greater achievements? Has research shown the lack of trust for our schools and outcomes?

In the last few days we have only seen a small indication of the corruption and potential inequity in our systems. We will see finger-pointing and blame directed in all directions. The real need comes down to a complete look at cause and effect of all the education systems from the front door to tha back. All education in America is special. It is time all education be treated equitably. The better our citizens are educated the better our country’s foundation will stand. There is enough blame on this situation to go around running all the way to a government that has created corruption by its contradictory regulations and inequitable treatment of all schools.

America is better than this and a new era with a new path is necessary to get us back onto a moral, high integrity, dedicated systems to serve our citizens.

Any issue has a cause and usually it is deeper than it appears.

My prayers are for the those that look to education as a solution in life!

Federal Update: USDE Negotiated Rulemaking Session Meets in Washington, DC

At the February 19-22 session, the committee received reports from each of the subcommittees, responded to questions posed by USDE and addressed several proposed regulations, including:

  • Permitting accrediting organizations to waive certain criteria for institutions to encourage innovation.
  • Transfer of credit among institutions.
  • Limiting the number of states in which a regional accrediting organization could operate.
  • Establishing a definition of “regular and substantive interactions” in distance education, as well as definitions of phrases such as “monitoring reports” and “substantial compliance.”
  • Protecting religious mission at faith-based institutions.
  • Transparency of the accreditation process, including making accreditation reports public.

Change of allowable scope for regional accrediting organizations and transfer of credit issues generated significant debate among committee members. The committee continues its negotiations and has not reached a decision on any of the issues discussed.

It is important colleges and schools stay informed with the current activity of the committee meetings. How would these or other changes affect your accreditation organization?

There are two more sessions for this committee meetings.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) held the second of four sessions of its negotiated rulemakingon accreditation and other topics on February 19-22, 2019 in Washington, DC. Negotiated rulemaking is the process used by USDE for stakeholder representatives to meet with USDE to negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule or regulatory change. The first session of the negotiated rulemaking met January 14-16, 2019, with the third session scheduled to meet March 25-28, 2019. A fourth session has been added, scheduled for April 1-3, 2019. All sessions are being held in Washington, DC.

 

When Education Forgot Left or Right

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No Child Left Behind“, which is a confession there must be children left behind. The entire program was developed on conformity and a linear process of learning and not taking into account the learning dynamics. The more our children exhibit right brain behavior the linear education system provides for testing to determine what might be wrong with the child. When the only disease they may have is called childhood.

Education Methods and Materials History, prior to the 19th century organizations and government involvement was minimal in public education. What happen in the 19th century in America? Quite simply it was the rapid growth of the industrial revolution. As public schools were instituted across America our schools curriculum were related to the business model. This model has changed very little up to today. Education was viewed under compliance and citizens becoming marketable to industry. Our system of education became linear and has been the same even up to today. Look for yourself at any curriculum in public schools or higher education. You will see the highest ranking importance addresses the student attenders with rankings for math and science as first, second humanities and third the arts.  Looking at this opportunity  students who may have right brain dominance would be in trouble. Our curriculum focuses in the heads of our students primarily on the left brain of importance. Arts are depicted as extra curricular activities by our schools and become a great experiences for future hobbies. While our high schools continually mind craft our students to be a production line to colleges and universities. Parents are continually presented with orientations on how great the high school is to prepare their child for college. Colleges and Universities often are the only schools invited to present in these high schools leaving out the trades, vocations and arts. This makes sense when your curriculum roadmap is towards higher education. Our lack of transparency of the left brain, right brain hemispheres that are connected to each other results in a limited education for students who don’t fit. Our attention for our life long learning in America needs to become more from an agricultural philosophy where we allow students to discover their strengths organically so they may take the path of a career they may love.

Today’s professional or worker who has experienced a linear education found themselves fitting into an economy where they were led to believe where they could make the best living by going to college. Research today shows that going to college may not be the best avenue for our students preparing in k-12 or higher education. When speaking with our nation workers many have explained how they have not liked their job and really can’t wait until they retire. Yet, there is a smaller group who have found the job they loved and have no intention of ever stepping away from what they love. These individuals are fortunate in that they have found organically what really fits their heart and soul.

Where does this take us: It is time where there needs to be a serious look at the curriculum. Instructional design cannot be looked at as no child left behind that doesn’t fix anything with the linear form of education we are promoting. It is imperative to recognize the human body and brain and how we prepare students for lives which they will enjoy using the talents they have been inherently born with. Discovery and focus by schools to help encourage and promote students into what organically has been given to them.  Educators must begin to understand that the body isn’t just the transporter of the head but as humans we have interest in all the different senses and how they relate to our life. It has been a tragedy for the treatment of the students who have experienced their schools closing that were focusing on the curriculums of left brain students. Innovation is often hard in that it doesn’t appear to be part of the norm. Trade schools, career schools, art schools, music schools encouraged the students who had the motivation to seek out educations that fit their left brain tendencies. For those who made those decisions for the right reasons had a higher odds of being happy.

If you are an educational leader you will need to address this phenomenon hopefully before it is not to late. Schools are in need of change. We are in an education revolution. Let your destiny be yours by making the changes to offer the most appropriate educational programs by understanding your new student generations.

I have included an article that expresses just one niche of supply and demand recognition that should awaken our cognitive thoughts.

Innovations that meet the needs for the future.

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Credentials for the Future

Jobs Over 55,000 Dollars a Year?

 

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There is lots of rhetoric about jobs, education and employers needs. Gallup has recently completed a research study. addressing many of the questions now being asked by high school graduates and  non-traditional students. Gallup is a well-known research organization that has proved some hypothesis and disapproved others. Their excellence has been put to the test by business corporations, political science, medicine, psychology and host of other inquiries. By Gallup accepting this challenge they have put a light of knowledge into the actual facts of what exist in the United States today. I would encourage educators, politicians and employers to read the Gallup study so the truth of the matter can be communicated and used to improve our needs and fill the gaps. Enclosed you will read the entire study. Be sure to share this with other colleagues and friends.

There is a need and it is time to address it through appropriate programs which lead to success for our students.

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Education and Employer Demands

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What are the Skills of the Future Demands?

Once upon a time the platform of education appeared to be forthright and not complex. Our generational changes with employers, attitudes, aptitudes, demands and societal expectations has classroom dynamics  becoming a balancing act to know and provide the needs for the future expectations. Trends in our society have direct effects on our instructional goals, materials, delivery and demands. Forbes magazine recently published and article that explain educational trends that will revolutionize the work-place in 2019.

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