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The Old Mission Academy
A Novel of One Charter School's Experiences
Implementing Lean Education
By: J. K. Thompson
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Old Mission Academy - A Novel of One Charter School's Experiences Implementing Lean Education is about more learning for less money. Is it possible to remove the waste from education using lean production business concepts?
Jeff Ames thought so. Enough, in fact, to move his family to Northern Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula to start a charter school to implement this concept. This book weaves the tale of Jeff's successes and failures in establishing this unique charter school. While learning the fundamentals of problem solving, the Old Mission students prove a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and are soon over their heads trying to solve a dangerous mystery better left to the police.
The novel also outlines the controversial issues surrounding the establishment of charter schools. Are they the path to educational innovation and accountability, or do they just sap the strength of an already beleaguered public school system? Tie into this the basics of lean production, which is changing the very nature of how the world will be making things in the 21st century... and you have a book about vital issues affecting us all.
Read, learn, and enjoy!
He studied lean production first-hand as a member of the GM Technical Liaison Office with NUMMI (a GM/Toyota joint venture) in Fremont, California, where he became fascinated with its potential application to non-traditional areas, such as offices and schools.
Mr. Thompson is now president of In Sight Management Inc., and is author of two books: The Lean Office: How to Use Just-in-Time Techniques to Streamline Your Office and Lean Production How To Use The Highly Effective Japanese Concept of Kaizen To Improve Your Efficiency. He holds a BA, MA, EdS, and MBA from the University of Michigan. He has been married to his wife Connie for 28 years, and has one daughter, Elizabeth.
Chapter 1 - The First Day of School
Chapter 2 - The Soft Sell
Chapter 3 - Orientation
Chapter 4 - Dinner Time
Chapter 5 - A Lounge is not for Lounging
Chapter 6 - What's the Problem?
Chapter 7 - Selecting a School
Chapter 8 - Picking a Good Problem
Chapter 9 - Past, Present, and Future Tense
Chapter 10 - Round Number Two
Chapter 11 - The Problem Solving Model
Chapter 12 - Dinner at Eight
Chapter 13 - A Cruel Game
Chapter 14 - Sound Mind, Sound Body
Chapter 15 - Always Start With Cold Water
Chapter 16 - Dining Out
Chapter 17 - In The Long Run
Chapter 18 - The Plan To Be Fit
Chapter 19 - Randy's Problem
Chapter 20 - The 5S
Chapter 21 - At The Car Wash
Chapter 22 - Revenge is Bittersweet
Chapter 23 - This Way, Coach?
Chapter 24 - Blending Right In
Chapter 25 - Revenge II
Chapter 26 - I See Coffee, I See Tea
Chapter 27 - Cleaning Up
Chapter 28 - Scouting the Peninsula I & II
Chapter 29 - Housekeeping Items
Chapter 30 - The Raid
Chapter 31 - All the News
Chapter 32 - Winter Turns to Spring
Chapter 33 - The Last Dance
Chapter 34 - Spring Into Summer
Chapter 35 - The Parade
Chapter 36 - Randy & Jennifer Reunited
Chapter 37 - Down, But Not Out
Chapter 38 - The Porch
Chapter 39 - The Board Acts
Chapter 40 - Pedaling, Planning, and Dreaming
Chapter 41 - Up the Peninsula
Chapter 42 - The New Semester
The Old Mission Academy by J.K. Thompson, 206 pages; ISBN 978-1-896210-91-9; softcover: $29.95 ($US).
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