For Immediate Release
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Nov. 21, 2013 —Five teams from K–12 and higher education institutions are recipients of this year’s Education Team Excellence Recognition Awards.
The awards, which showcase the nation’s most outstanding improvement efforts, were presented at the 21st annual National Quality Education Conference sponsored by ASQ. The recipients are:
Universidad Tecnológica Nacional – Facultad Regional Buenos Aires, C.A.B.A., Argentina — The team was honored with a distinction level award for its improvement project to reduce the time to return test records using quality improvement tools such as ISO 9001 and PDSA.
Ingenium Charter Elementary School, Canoga Park, Calif. — The team was recognized with a merit level award for its use of continuous improvement to establish, monitor and evaluate an innovative data analysis process to drive outstanding results in student outcomes.
Kaneland School District, Maple Park, Ill. — This team of educators received a merit level award for implementing a panel process in which multiple candidates are interviewed in one session. The district has seen a 7-12 percent increase in student achievement scores in classrooms that have teachers who were hired through these panel interviews.
Kaneland Harter Middle School, Sugar Grove, Ill. — The team received a finalist level award for using quality tools to help students and parents during the middle school transition. Their comprehensive plan included a student orientation, community Step-up Night and summer Jump-Start Program aligned to help students and parents better acclimate to middle school.
University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, Wis. — This team received a finalist level award for its project to apply virtual modeling and lesson study to improve teacher performance and enhance students’ critical thinking and learning outcomes.
“This award provides educators with an opportunity to highlight their use of quality improvement solutions to solve a variety of challenges faced throughout their districts,” said ASQ Chair John Timmerman.
The Education Team Excellence Recognition Process recognizes teams that are improving educational outcomes, stakeholder involvement and school quality. Past honorees have used the plan, do, study, act, or PDSA, method and other tools to improve math scores, close the achievement gap between schools and lower employee health care costs by operating a highly efficient medical center within a school district.
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, Mexico and a regional service center in the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at www.asq.org.