The GHP® production process is based on agile manufacturing principals. Although this is the most effecient manufacturing process, GHP® is not about "better, faster, cheaper." GHP® is about learning to work together, learning process management together, learning to find efficiencies together, learning to create change for the common good together, and learning to apply our new understanding to our academics to help solve the health and economic challenges we face.

It is important to realize the production system is configured for students to face into the system, to stay at their assigned step and pass the hat through the different steps of the system. Students feel awkward at first, however, through repetition they master their step and increase quality and output. Students are encouraged to master all 12 steps in the first rotation, then, in the second rotation, the curriculum presents concepts such as: scale, resource allocation, quality control and leadership. This set-up promotes positive pro-social behavior, stronger task persistence, and great work habits.

Goldman et al. suggests that Agility has four underlying components:

  1. Delivering value to the customer
  2. Being ready for change
  3. Valuing human knowledge and skills
  4. Forming virtual partnerships

The first three of these are also attributes of lean manufacturing.

“I am so impressed with the GHP® I am a business systems analyst and I can effectively convey so much to youth through this platform. As a team, we have a focus, we have tasks, we have a timetable and we have a goal.  It is wonderful to volunteer at the program site. Working together we problem solve as we role model productivity, caring, and citizenry. ”

James L, Business Process Analyst and Adult volunteer at NoVa Juvenile Detention Center


HATS Headquarters® is a turn-key “hat” factory housing all instructions, materials, and machines to run Glories HATS Project® workshops over the course of an academic year or summer program.

HATS Headquarters® Kit


HATS Headquarters® comes with the suggested implementation timeline and curriculum listed below. The process begins with four to six student leaders, a teacher supervisor, and a committed parent. Student leaders commit to to mastering the Train the Trainer workbook. When this is accomplished, the Rotations can begin with 15 - 20 students in Rotation One. These students are the project backbone and "prime the pump" so to speak.

After the initial leadership training period, the production configuration expands like an accordion, and follows the progressive curriculum schedule, providing students opportunity to move from entry-level to capable then competent and expert leaders. This establishes the leadership and confidence to direct a community wide workshop at the end of the program with up to 250 participants. The process management, leadership and self-efficacy developed through this process is significant.

Each GHP®workshop is presented in the same format:

  • Students are presented with the curriculum learning concept
  • Students set-up the assembly-line process
  • Students run the assembly-line meeting the production goals while practicing the learning concept
  • Students disassemble assembly-line back into the HATS Headquarters®
  • Students may have virtual visitor
  • Students comment and discuss learning goal

Students can enter GHP® at four intervals; at the beginning of each ten session rotation. This allows student flexibility for additional after-school activities while other participants can advance consecutively from the first through the second, third and fourth rotations, taking on management and leadership roles in mentoring new participants. As students’ progress, they enhance their understanding of entrepreneurship, project management, resource allocation, production, and collaborative problem solving. In rotation three, students take on an independent aspect of the project for personal interest research and innovation. These research projects are presented as posters at the annual community event where participants receive their Certificates of Accomplishment or the President’s Volunteer Service Award or Congressional Service Award depending on their service goals.

suggested curriculum rotation

Suggested Lesson Plans
GHP® builds skills by practice. After ten consecutive workshop sessions, students move up to the next level to build yet new skills while reinforcing skills from the previous rotation.  The levels are as follow:

  • Entry Level: Health, Systems Thinking and Personal Effectiveness Competencies
  • Capable Level: Health, Process Management, Innovation & Workplace Competencies
  • Competent Level: Health, Leadership and Management Competencies
  • Expert Level: Health, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Innovation
  • Final Team Project: Leading a community GHP® workshop + poster session

Each workshop session draws on multiple learning styles. This system interweaves a variety of key principles of learning that have been shown to increase learning. These include:

  • Self-explanation (where the learner explains the material to another student)
  • Immediate feedback (through the tutoring system)
  • Multimedia effects (which tend to engage the student)
  • Active learning (in which students actually participate in solving a problem)
  • Dialog interactivity (in which students learn by engaging in conversations and tutorial dialogs)
  • Multiple, real-life examples (intended to help students transfer what they learn in one context to another context and to real world situations)
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