It can be difficult for people to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change, such as the challenges imposed by Covid-19, but also other changes that affect people’s well-being. The TOC for Education tools and methodology enable people of all ages (4 and up) to develop resilience. In so doing, they develop the ability to cope with adversity and to be happy and successful again after something difficult or bad has happened. Moreover, despite all the technological and scientific improvements of the last few centuries, people still struggle to cope effectively with the unresolved internal and external conflicts of daily life that adversely affect people’s well-being and peace of mind. This result impedes learning, success in the workplace, and societal harmony. Those who so passionately strive to motivate and lead students, employees, citizens, and even families need the support of simple yet profound critical thinking and communication tools that get repeatable results as noted in these applications to:
* Resolve Conflicts Without Blame
* Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
* Children Who Have Been Abused
* Enable Youth Under Stress to Make Healthier Choices
* Sports Teams
* Enhance Self-Efficacy Throughout a School System
* Create Win-Win Conflict Management
* Create Dynamic Resilience Organizations
* Lead a Group During a Pandemic
* Create Responsible Decision Making and Behavior in Schools
* Develop win-win mindsets in Prison Inmates
Critical thinking is a widely accepted educational goal that is fundamentally needed by everyone in order to make and act on informed decisions. The TOC tool kit and methodology uniquely enables people to identify and challenge the assumptions needed for breakthrough solutions as well to communicate them in a way that improves civil discourse and interpersonal relationships whether in a classroom, a boardroom or the home. These desired results require a methodology that is effective with both visual and verbal thinkers and is simple, graphic, practical, and works without regard to age, culture or political systems. Taught through existing curriculum in schools, home education or online learning, the generic techniques enable students to gain confidence in their capabilities to succeed academically as well as to transfer the problem solving techniques to real life, thereby making learning relevant as noted in such applications as:
* Students’ Class Examples of TOCfE Thinking Tools for Building ‘the Muscles of Mind’ to Overcome COVID-19
* Using TOCfE Thinking and Communication Tools in Parenting
* How TOCfE Tools Enhance Critical Thinking
* Teaching Critical Thinking to Young Learners Who Can Not Yet Read or Write
* How to Write A Logical Essay
* Use of a TOCfE Tool to Build Reading Comprehension Skills
* Problem Solving Maps for Math
* The Erasmus Project to Teach TOC Critical Thinking to Teachers in 3 European Countries
* Using TOCfE with MBA Students at Kyoto University
Rami Goldratt currently serves as CEO of Goldratt Group, the leading organization in Theory Of Constraints (TOC) implementations. Over the years, Rami has been involved in consulting engagements with retail, automotive, textile, chemical, and service industries all around the world.
Rami is considered one of the most influential leaders of the TOC body of knowledge, and is highly regarded for developing the TOC applications to Sales and Marketing. His ground-breaking implementations in this area have become the standard of TOC in sales.
Rami was also among the pioneers in developing and implementing TOC applications for the education system – guiding hundreds of teachers around the world in applying the TOC thinking Processes for children’s education.
Kathy has a B.A. in History and taught World Cultures and Critical Thinking at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville, Florida She has been the President and CEO of TOC for Education, Inc. since it was established in 1995 by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt as a 501c3 not for profit organization to spread the thinking and communication tools and common sense methodologies of the Theory of Constraints to all who educate. Under Kathy’s leadership, TOCfE has established programs in over 20 countries on 6 continents. She is author of a textbook, TOC Learning Connection, and co-author of The Story of Yani’s Goal, published as a series of 4 children’s books to teach the TOC tools through an adventure story. Kathy’s training materials have been translated into 7 languages. She has received extensive experience in the art of teaching and learning from her students on 5 continents, ranging from children to Ministers of Education.
Dr. Corpuz is the Schools Division Superintendent of Quezon City, Philippine (Department of Education). She is currently overseeing the education of more than 436,000 students enrolled in 156 elementary and secondary schools. Jeni received a B.S. and PhD from the University of the Philippines having defended her dissertation entitled, “TOC for Education Tools in Selected Technology and Livelihood Education Components: An Integration.” She became a TOCfE facilitator in 1998 while assigned as Principal in Quezon City. Since then, and as a Lead Facilitator, she has trained teachers, counselors, and principals to implement the TOCfE toolkit and methodology in counseling, curriculum delivery and leadership. She can attest to results with students in well documented, quantified, and scalable outcomes to include an award-winning dropout prevention program. Through the multiplier effect of teachers and her work over 20 years of using TOCfE tools, she has impacted millions of children.
Wonjoon Choi graduated from Seoul National University and received a Ph.D. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Ulsan, Korea, focusing on practical application of TOC (Theory of Constraints) Thinking Tools to Classroom Learning. He is certified in the TOC Thinking Process and other areas by the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization and is a Lead Facilitator certified by TOC for Education, Inc. He is an advisor to TOCfE (TOC for Education) Korea and has been working with teachers in Korea for introducing TOC Thinking Tools into classrooms.
As a board member of the Korea TOC Association, she is constantly interested in creative problem-solving methodologies, and has been working hard in teaching and promoting the value of TOCfE to teachers, the general public, and elementary, middle and high school students.
By applying the TOCfE thinking tools to the reading-essay class, her students are educated to express their thoughts creatively and logically and to have confidence in writing. In addition, she invented a Cloud Debate format using the TOCfE thinking tool Cloud, which seeks a win-win solution and guides the improvement of problem solving ability. Some of her skills include: 1) Thinking Designer to help students grow into thinking children, 2) TOC Learning Connection Master Facilitator, 3) Reading-essay lecturer, and 4) Design Thinking Coach.
Ms. JoongSook Hwang served as an elementary school teacher for over 30 years until August 2015. While working as a teacher, she applied TOCfE thinking tools to elementary school students to improve their debating, problem-solving and execution skills. For next several years, she worked as an educational researcher at Incheon Education and Training Institute as well as a supervisor for Incheon Metropolitan City Bukbu District Office of Education in S. Korea. Currently, she works as a vice-principal of Yongma Elementary School in Incheon and serves as the director of TOCfE Korea.
Dr. Sirias has a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Business Administration both from The University of Memphis. He is also an ISCEA Certified Critical Chain Project Manager, a certified TOCFE trainer, and a certified TOCICO thinking process implementer. Dr Sirias is currently a Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Sirias is co-author of the book “Bridging the Boomer Xer Gap” selected by Soundview Executive Summaries as one of most influential business book of 2002 and by ForeWord magazine as Book of the Year. He is also co-author of the book Success…an Adventure written to teach students the thinking tools of TOCFE. Dr. Sirias is also the inventor of the methodology known as Problem Solving Maps, used to help students develop quantitative reasoning skills. Problem Solving Maps strategies are now being used in several countries around the world. His latest book, co-author with Dr. Chris Strear, is Smash the Bottleneck: Fixing Patient Flow for Better Care, which details the use of TOC to improve patient flow in hospitals and clinics.
In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Sirias is a former chess Olympiad.
Rosy has a B.A. in Business Management and has received extensive training in Inclusive Education, Psychomotor Education, Learning Sills, Teaching Skills and Neurolinguistic Programming. She has an International Coach Certification from the International Coaching Community. Rosy has taught at Universities of Mexico City, Queretaro and Leon and served as principal of several private schools where she holistically applied TOC for Education critical thinking and communication tools with teachers, students, staff, and parents. Her many distinctions include International Essay Award from the Von Mises Foundation, the Guanajuato’s Women’s Award, and the Excelsis Diamond Award for Leadership from the Global Quality Foundation. A TOCfE Lead Facilitator, Rosy is currently partner of EKIP! and Qi Consulting based in Leon, Mexico. Her international trainings and lectures include those in Peru, Chile. Poland, UK, Philippines, and USA.
Marcelo is a consultant and trainer specialized in crime prevention, human development, critical thinking, and team building skills. Because of his qualitative trainings in conflict management and other social issues, Marchelo is a recognized leader in this field in his state of Guanajuato, working with the Ministry of Education and other government agencies as well as business enterprises. His recent work includes a project with juvenile offenders to prepare them to return to society with skills needed for social reintegration. In addition to Mexico, Marcelo has conducted trainings on bullying and conflict resolution in USA, United Kingdom, Poland, and the Philippines. The volunteer Director of TOC for Education, Mexico and Lead Facilitator, he has volunteered with a TOCfE Pathways to Peace project involving several Rotary Clubs and has been nominated to be a Rotary Peace Fellow. Marchelo is trilingual and has a BA in International Business.
Debi Roberts MA Ed. is the CEO of suicide prevention charity, The OLLIE Foundation. She is also a Project Officer at Children’s Services Hertfordshire County Council in the United Kingdom. She specialises in young peoples’ emotional wellbeing, mental health, and emotional literacy in educational settings. One of the world's leading experts in TOC applications for behaviour, she recently piloted the use of TOC in suicide interventions. In addition to a book, Storytelling for Better Behaviour, Debi has authored an adult mental health course for the Royal Society of Public Health and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group programme for non-clinicians. She developed and leads the innovative Empathy Project that trains and deploys older teens within hospital emergency units. She is a Trustee for educational charity Students4Students and is the is the volunteer Director of TOCFE, UK.
Daiva has a university pedagogical education with a bachelor degree as history teacher and master degree as social science teacher. After working more than 15 years as a classroom teacher in a secondary school, since 2004 she has worked for the Anyksciai Education Assistance Authority, an institution in the region providing informal adult education. As the specialist there, her main task is to organize the qualification improvement work of the members of educational institutions for more than 400 teachers locally as well as in other communities. In 2015 she began the implementation of TOC for Education critical thinking and communication tools in Lithuania by organizing and initiating all kind of workshops and projects for teachers and became the volunteer director of director of TOCfE, Lithuania in 2017 because, in her words: “ I believe that TOCfE provides the best tools and philosophy in changing students' thinking, teaching them to solve their own problems and to create work and personal life success.”
An electrical engineer by education, John Suerken served as a US Air Force officer for 24 years and, after retirement in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, later completed his career in industry supporting the research, development, testing, and acquisition of weapons carried on military aircraft. After completing formal employment, he joined Kathy Suerken in her establishment of TOC for Education. John is the TOC for Education web master and provides the organization with logistics and marketing expertise. He also supported the development of the original Yani’s Goal CDROM and its subsequent conversion into print, now available as four published children’s books. John and Kathy make their home in Niceville, Florida, USA.
Christina Cheng is the Singapore director of TOC for Education (TOCfE). She is TOC Jonah certified and a Lead Facilitator for TOCfE. Since 2004, she has spearheaded numerous TOC initiatives outside of the traditional schools’ framework and trained diverse audiences in education, government, and corporate well as the social services sector in Singapore. Her pioneering work in Singapore prison rehabilitation services has been internationally recognised and she is a noted chapter author in the Theory of Constraints Handbook. She is deeply passionate in using TOC to help the marginalised sectors of society to overcome their life constraints. Prior to her TOC involvement, Christina worked as a private equity director with a European Bank. Currently she runs weekly volunteer TOC programs for the Singapore Armed Forces Detention Barracks as well as a Christian women's halfway house rehabilitation centre and sits on various charity boards.
Dr. Reiter is the owner of the Reiter Center for Personal and Organizational Leadership LeadTOC. She is focused on leading people through processes and achieving results in business and education systems and personal development. An international TOC expert, she gives lectures and seminars coaching managers for wellbeing, communication skills and effectiveness.
Dr. Reiter is a lecturer at the Open University in Israel for professional development. Her work with Israeli Ministry of Education is aimed at raising achievements and leading innovation. Her work has been recognized for international innovation in education and research by organizations such as the ICA and AREA. She developed the 5E model for Entrepreneurship and Well-being that creates holistic body of knowledge for running organizations and personal growth.
Dr. Reiter earned her PhD from the Haifa University in the field of SRL -self-management.
Dr. Miri Goldratt is a researcher in the Chair for Values Education, Tolerance and Peace Education, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She teaches in the Master's Programs “Management and development of non-formal education systems”. In Ono Academic College she teaches in the Bachelor's degree of Education & Society. Her courses are dealing with youth leadership, entrepreneurship, volunteering, social involvement and alternative education. Dr. Goldratt’s research fields include values education and theoretical issues in non-formal education. Based on TOC (Theory Of Constraints) she develops educational interventions and serves as an academic and organizational consultant in training programs of officials in non-formal education administration, the Israeli Education Ministry. The animated program she developed and the thinking games called “Roni's Thinking Games” have been recognized as patents and are available and sold in stores across Israel.
Dr. Wakabayashi is a Professor of Marketing, the Director of the Center for Research in Business Administration of the Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University, and President of Kyoto University Co-op. After attending the first Japanese TOC Learning Connection Seminar in 2011, he was inspired to begin teaching the TOC for Education (TOCfE) thinking and communication tools to his graduate students as well training others in the TOCfE Seminars for educators and business professionals. In 2012 he became President of TOC for Education, Japan, which now hosts frequent seminars and study events throughout the country and which has sparked many cutting edge implementations. Dr. Wakabayashi is also a recognized civic leader serving as: President, CIEC (Community for Innovation of Education and learning through computers and communication networks); Chairperson, Kyoto City Tourism Promotion Council and Chairperson, Kyoto City Traditional Industry Revitalization Promotion Council
Mayuko is a Project Director at Goldratt Consulting, Japan. She is also a Lead facilitator and Director of TOC for Education (TOCfE) Japan. When she realized parenting is an every day struggle, she started to use the TOCfE critical thinking tools with her daughter and realized they can unlock the potential of children’s thinking skills. Her case study is very simple and has been introduced to companies and local governments in order to show how parents can guide children’s behavior in a better direction. In her work as a consultant, she has had many experiences in ‘growing’ people by guiding them to think critically and manage organization holistically.
Motoi Tobita (Tobi) principal of Goldratt Consulting, Japan, received a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Florida, USA and has authored a dozen referred scientific papers. Originally Tobi aimed to be an astronaut to give all people in his nation a sense of energy. Now his dream is significantly upgraded with TOC tools. A master lead facilitator of TOC for Education (TOCfE) Tobi’s applications of the three thinking tools to sports include coaching a world ranking and top junior tennis players, an Olympic rowing athlete, a collage volley ball team and a high school tennis team. His work with junior high and elementary school soccer teams to improve performance focused on team building through the TOC questioning techniques to challenge assumptions. In addition to his sports applications, Tobi’s TOCfE mentoring led to a skyrocketing increase in a high school student’s math performance, and a life-changing impact on a student diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
Vinicius Romano is a leader in digital transformation and technology with 22 years of experience working in technology companies. He graduated in Information Systems at UNIFI and has an MBA from FGV in Strategic IT Management, and Project Management. Since 2017 he has been the leader of the TOC for Education program in Brazil. He is responsible for applying TOCfE training for teachers and volunteer multipliers and his efforts so far have had an impact on over 10,000 students. Vinicius created the TOC4Think web-based platform that allows all participants of the program to build and share their analysis of students’ and school issues using the TOC basic tools. Vinicius is inspired daily by innovation and learning new skills.
Diana has a B.A in Psychology and Pedagogy and a M.A. Degree in Education. She is a specialist in human rights education and university teaching. In addition to teaching at the Universidad Uniminuto in the faculty of Education Sciences, she works as a school psychologist in public education in Bogotá. She uses TOC for Education tools with children from vulnerable populations in cases of child abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, including forced displacement. Her published research also includes projects for inclusion and the development of social skills with children considered to have disabilities. Her research work has been published in the Journal of Counseling and Human Development. Diana is the volunteer Director of TOC for Education in Colombia.
Marta Piernikowska-Hewelt has an MA in Special Education from Gdansk University, Poland. She also studied International Education at Stockholm University. In 2007, she became a certified TOC for Education (TOCfE) facilitator and became a Lead Facilitator in 2020. She was a keynote speaker at the TOC International Certification Organization Conference in Germany Berlin; and at a TOC for Education Symposium in Toyko, Japan. She has 20 years’ experience of working with children and adults with disabilities, and is applying TOCfE tools in therapeutic work. As a certified mediator, she is teaching a Peer Mediation Program that utilizes TOCfE tools to teachers and principals in Europe. Marta is coordinating an IMPETUS TOC – International Erasmus Project for Innovation that involves teachers from schools from three countries. She has guided many TOCfE trainings and workshops for school leaders and other educators on 3 continents.
Belinda Small is a career educator who grounds her daily interactions by using principles stemming from the TOCfE framework. As a seventh grade Language Arts teacher, she conducted action research with an immediate need to stop disruptive behavior. The experimental outcome proved transformational, igniting world-wide attention and hope from other educators experiencing similar challenges in schools. Her continued used of TOCfE tools includes methods for streamlining literature analysis, improving standardized test scores, applying tools as a pre-writing processes, and creating skill practice for forming conclusions in Language Arts. She currently serves as an Assistant Principal in an American middle school where she works with girls’ discipline issues, curriculum and instruction, teacher evaluation, and manages the online learning option for family choice and quarantined students due to the impact of the current pandemic. Dr. Small studied at Troy University and the University of West Florida where she earned her Ed.D.in Curriculum and Instruction.
Erinn Magee, Ed.D, is the founding Director of Chontales Academy in Juigalpa, Nicaragua. Chontales Academy offers an inclusive, international, English language curriculum and is a revolutionary concept for the Central region of Nicaragua. Starting with just 6 students in August 2018, her school has grown to 65 students in August 2020 despite the political, economic, social, and now pandemic crises affecting Nicaragua. Chontales Academy is her proudest achievement as an educator and human.
Maciej studied at the University of Gdansk, Poland and has a background in business. In the last 15 years his career has focused on education- publishing materials and giving trainings about critical thinking and TOCfE tools. As Director of TOCfE Poland since 2005, he has trained over 6,000 teachers in Poland and organized three TOCFE world Conferences in Poland: 2008, 2011 and 2018. He is the creator and publisher of the educational package of ‘Chest of Secrets,’ teaching three TOC tools to small children. A frequent speaker at TOCFE and TOCICO International conferences, most recently at their 2020 online conference, he also was keynote speaker at the TOCfE Japanese Symposium in Tokyo. Maciej is dedicated to bringing significant improvements to Polish education by promoting and implementing a variety of effective innovations in the field of education. In 2015 he co-founded Thinking Zone, the first school in Poland based on the culture of critical thinking.
Marinella is a primary school teacher with a degree in foreign languages and literature and in linguistic and cultural mediation. A tutor teacher at the Kore faculty of Primary Education in Enna, she is also a contract lecturer of "Didactic Laboratory of the English language" at the Kore University of Enna. She specializes in teaching students with special educational needs and is contract lecturer for special needs workshops at the science faculty of Primary Education in Enna. She is certified in school evaluation processes and national surveys of the school system and is a facilitator in national training courses for teachers.
Sharmarke received a B.A. from East Africa University and an M.A. from Kampala International University. During university years he worked with youth organizations to promote peace education and the culture of peace. Later, while working for the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention, he managed the Resource Center for Peace in Bosaso, where he led a UN ‘Youth at Risk’ project to contain and prevent violence. From 2015-17 he worked for the European Union Training Mission in cooperation with peace keeping missions in Somalia including UK, USA. Turkey, Italy, and other Somali partners. Sharmarke is currently a National Program Officer at UNHABITAT, working with the UN on a Youth Employment Program in Somalia to create save haven for vulnerable and marginalized young people. His responsibilities include designing youth development projects for job creation that include trainings for peace building and conflict resolution. Nominated for a 2021-22 Rotary International Peace Fellowship, he recently became a TOCfE facilitator.
Dr. Remylinda T. Soriano is the Education Program Supervisor in Mathematics, Division of City Schools, Manila, Philippines (Department of Education). She is presently supervising 2,041 Elementary, 475 Secondary and 56 Senior High School teachers with a total of 2,572 teachers. Aside from mentoring, coaching and giving of technical assistance to teachers, she is also monitoring and evaluating the performance of 180,341 learners in the elementary, 109,497 learners in the secondary and 13,283 learners in the SHS with total of 303,121 learners enrolled in 105 public schools in Manila. Remylinda, received her college degree at Manuel Luis Quezon University, and Masteral and Doctoral degrees at National Teachers College, both in Manila.
She became involved in Theory of Constraints for Education (TOCfE) last 2018, through a Short-term Course on Problem Solving Maps facilitated by Dr. Danilo Sirias, author of the program through the initiative of Dr. Jenilyn Rose B. Corpuz, her former Schools Division Superintendent. Only 330 Mathematics teachers enrolled in the course but now all teachers are using PSM tools in their classrooms. Slowly, she can now see the effect or impact of these tools to the performance of learners. She developed, together with her teachers, worksheets based on maximum learning competencies involving PSM tools, and included in the modules in Mathematics. She is lucky and proud to say that the Grade 9 Mathematics modules developed by Manila secondary teachers are to be used in national circulation which include PSM tools. Because of this, PSM tools are not only for Manila but for the whole Philippines.
A million THANKS to Dr. Danilo Sirias, Dr. Jenilyn Rose B. Corpuz and to the whole TOCfE family!
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