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Applying Lean Methodology to K12 Part II: What to Build

Recapping Part I of our journey to apply lean methodology in a K-12 setting…
We started by defining the problem to be solved: increasing reading comprehension despite a limited amount of instructional time devoted to literacy instruction. Then we crafted a hypothesis: if we identify key reading strategies and apply them across content areas, then we’ll increase the amount of time spent in authentic reading-to-learn experiences and improve the students’ ability to comprehend a range of texts. And we developed a minimum viable practice (MVP): getting clear on the essential elements for effectively implementing the identified teaching practice.

With this hypothesis and MVP, we determined what to build to put our plan into action and test our theory.

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Applying Lean Methodology to K12 Part III: How to Measure Impact

Here’s a quick recap of parts I and II
In applying lean methodology to guide the implementation of our reading strategies initiative, we defined our problem, crafted a hypothesis, and used lessoncasts as the communication vehicle to define the minimum viable practice (the essential elements required for effectively implementing the identified teaching practice). We developed a two-week cycle to facilitate collaborative planning, reflection, iteration, and refinement.

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Applying Lean Methodology to K12 Part IV: What we Learned

Recapping Part I – Developing an MVP: We identified our problem, crafted a hypothesis, and used lessoncasts as the communication vehicle to define the minimum viable practice. Part II – What to Build: We developed a two-week cycle to facilitate collaborative planning, reflection, iteration, and refinement. Part III - How to Measure Impact: We developed lookfors to observe during classroom instruction and created shared assessments to measure student learning over time. 

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Applying Lean Methodology to K12 Part V: What I'd Do Differently

This is my final segment for this particular series on applying lean startup principles to the process for improving learning in the K12 environment. My previous entries recount the journey of developing an MVP for education, determining what to build, measuring for impact, and learning how to move forward. I’ll conclude this series by sharing what I’d do differently knowing what I know now.

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