Blue River Valley Schools Incorporate Six Sigma to Help Students Achieve Their Goals

Blue River Valley Schools are incorporating a Six Sigma program designed to teach students to achieve their goals and increase life satisfaction through education and career planning. The cognitive model program can be taught to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Blue River Valley began piloting the Six Sigma model in 2022 with all their students in partnership with Henry County native Alan Leduc. Leduc is a training coach under Dr. Mikel J. Harry’s Six Sigma Management Institute (SSMI®), and the school is incorporating the Six Sigma Learning To Think (L2T) training model into its curriculum and coaching.

Learning the cognitive model of Six Sigma allows anyone to add purpose and increase satisfaction in life by showing them how to achieve what may seem impossible. The model helps students create goals based on their personal values, and then links those goals to their educational and life plans. This process helps students stay focused and motivated, and it also helps them to see how their individual goals fit into the larger picture of their lives. In addition, the cognitive model of Six Sigma teaches students how to think critically and solve problems.

“Our students are learning that dreams and the steps it takes to make their dreams come true are achievable,” said Lori Dickerson, Assistant Superintendent at Blue River Valley Schools. Dickerson handles the curriculum and manages the Six Sigma program at Blue River Valley.

The first year was a time of learning, and the program has continued to improve and adapt to the needs of the students through regular team meetings. Administrators, teachers, and Leduc comprise the Six Sigma team. The team meets throughout the year as they continue to build and implement this learning platform and track data continuously.

Blue River Valley is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for all students and is constantly looking for ways to improve the program and make it more effective. Dickerson noted, “We want to provide students with the opportunity to engage, experience, and explore careers so that they are better educated on career opportunities in Henry County and beyond.”