Tuesday, November 5, 2019
8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Campbell Lounge, Center for Sports and Recreation

Lean Sigma Academy for Educators

Adelphi University’s Office of University Admissions in collaboration with the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business invite school counselors, principals and superintendents to participate in this customized interactive professional development event.

Adelphi University’s Lean Sigma Academy

Lean sigma is an evolving philosophy aimed at the elimination of waste and addition of value. It is a continuing process of change involving everyone within the organization. Fundamentally, lean is about leveraging employee knowledge and experience to identify and eliminate waste from our processes so we can spend more time, effort, resources on the things that matter to our students, employees and other stakeholders, and less on the things that don’t.

To become a Lean organization, the philosophy must be embraced by organizational leaders and employees at all levels. The first steps in the journey to become a lean organization is education. As this progresses across the organization, the Lean philosophy will begin to change the culture.

Key Takeaways

You’ll leave this presentation with a strong understanding of lean philosophy and how to introduce it to your work environment. Consider tools and exercises to bring back to your own workplace to put the philosophy into practice such as…

  • How to engage colleagues and create an office/school wide culture of improvement.
  • How to establish clear roles and responsibilities to cut down on processing time and eliminate disconnects in workflows
  • How to incorporate lessons learned in other industries in daily education-specific bottlenecks
  • How to implement bottom-up management, giving the front-line employees, who are closest to every-day challenges, the support they need to solve problems quickly.

Lean Program for Educators

Introduction to Lean (Lean Awareness 101)

Lean Awareness, designed for all employees of a school district, is a four-hour workshop that covers the philosophy of Lean as well as some basic tools that attendees can use. Some of the topics that will be covered in this workshop include:

  • What Is Lean?
  • The History of Lean
  • Lean in Education
  • The Focus of Lean
  • What Is a Lean Process?
  • Why Do Organizations Use Lean?
  • The Cost of Poor Quality
  • Focus on the Process
  • Lean Principles
  • How Do You Define Value?
  • What Is Flow?
  • The Concept of Pull
  • The Impact of Pull
  • The Pursuit of Perfection?
  • A3
  • 8 Wastes
  • Organizational Level Process Map
  • Value Stream Map (VSM)
  • PDCA
  • Swim lane Diagrams
  • Waste Walk
  • Kaizen Events

The developer and facilitator of Adelphi University Lean Sigma Academy is Dr. Alan Cooper, Associate Dean, Willumstad School of Business. Alan has over 25 years of experience in the area of strategic organizational transformation, with a specific focus on organization development (OD), customer experience and change management.

Breakfast and lunch will be served. Student-led tours of campus will be offered at the conclusion of the event. Please specify in your RSVP if a campus tour is of interest.

Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, November 1, 2019 by emailing Susan Ellis at

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:

Susan Ellis
Senior Coordinator of Special Recruitment
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