Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA): The Deming Cycle
Grand Canyon University: EDA 577
December 19, 2012
Acelero Learning Inc. is a for-profit organization that was founded in 2001. Comprised of four delegates, Camden/Philadelphia, Monmouth/Middlesex and Las Vegas, Acelero Learning provides Head Start services to over 4000 children and their families. In 2010, Acelero became the permanent grantee of a head start program in Philadelphia that serviced 536 children. Along with providing educational services to prepare young children for success in school, Acelero also works to empower the families that take part in the Head Start services. Family goals are set annually regarding issues such as unemployment and high school completion. Family Services and the Education service areas work together to provide quality service for the children and their families. The ultimate goal of Acelero Learning is to support a successful future for the children and families served through the program. In order to do this, it is important that data is collected and analyzed continuously so that planning for improvement is effective. According to Bernhardt (2004), a system has to be created that will lead to desired results the results are reviewed and reflected on so that all aspects of the system in improved upon (p14). The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Model looks at improvement not only success in the classroom but at success of the school. It can be adapted to a program when seeking school improvement through the establishment of goals, identifying methods used to achieve goals, collecting data and evaluating it. Currently, the assessments used in the school revolve around student achievement. While data is gathered regarding family goals, at this point educational assessments are the only ones available to a school system where the classrooms are all mixed aged (3-5) Head Start students and the results are visible to the teaching teams that serve them. Data is...
References: Bernhardt, V. L. (2004). Getting started with data analysis. Data analysis for continuous school improvement (2nd ed. p14) Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education
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