How CTOs Can Craft Technology Implementation Plans That Work for Their School Districts

March 21, 2017
The digital revolution is not going unnoticed in the world of education. Once the province of blackboards and textbooks, schools are increasingly looking to digital alternatives such as tablets and laptops. In 2015, many school districts reported budget increases to bring technology into the classroom in the following areas of IT.

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Topics: database backup and recovery, CTO, k-12, implementation

Researching and reviewing K-12 enterprise resource planning systems

March 13, 2017
Are you starting to research K-12 enterprise resource planning systems (ERP)? It can seem like a daunting task when you start comparing products that are available. Financial/human resource/ERP systems can help your district get ahead when it comes to managing and interpreting data and strategic information. We’ve developed a cheat sheet for you to utilize throughout the research and review process so you can better understand what to be looking for in a K-12 financial and human resource system.

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Topics: Superintendents, infographic, CFO, ERP, k-12

Succession plans foster leadership, continuity and quality

March 2, 2017

On every new K-12 superintendent’s first day, part of that person’s job should be to start looking for the next superintendent.

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Topics: Superintendents, Leadership, k-12

Organizing Security Protocols

February 17, 2017

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

There is no doubt that just about everyone has been thinking about data and network security across the K12 spectrum.  I have had recent conversations with School Board Members, parents, school district auditors, solutions vendors, and many school district security personnel.  It seems that every conference that I have recently attended has some presentation of discussion on security protocols.
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Topics: technology, Privacy, CTO, data, K-12, data security

Helping Teachers Embrace Classroom Technology

February 14, 2017

By Dennis Pierce 

Change is hard in any context, and that’s especially true when it comes to trying something new in front of a classroom full of students. How can K-12 leaders get veteran or reluctant teachers to embrace change and try new ways of teaching with technology?

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Topics: Superintendents, technology, CTO, K-12, Teachers

CFO Roundup: Fraud Prevention

February 10, 2017

Five post Chief Financial Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is fraud in school districts.

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Topics: Superintendents, financial and human resources, CFO, K-12, fraud, internal controls

Top EdTech Trends to Watch This Year

February 7, 2017

By Dennis Pierce 

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Topics: Superintendents, technology, edtech, Best Practices, integration, CTO, K-12

PowerSchool Acquires SunGard K-12; Unifies Administrative and Instructional Technologies to Improve the Education Experience

February 2, 2017

Acquisition to provide schools and districts with the essential infrastructure to manage every aspect of school operations

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Topics: sis, K-12, ERP, PowerSchool, Acquisition

Keeping the Right Perspective

January 31, 2017

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

Over the years, I have often been asked to share practices as a technology leader that have made a difference.  I have always been happy to do so.  I have always felt that all of us, as educators, are in the same boat.  We are all looking for better ways to ultimately serve our students.  And so I share.

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Topics: Resources, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

4 Hidden Financial/HR Workflow Snags to Eliminate

January 27, 2017

K-12 school systems have made great strides in automating key financial/HR functions -- few districts still operate solely by pushing paper and/or sending email attachments. But even if your district has an integrated software solution for finance/HR, you may be losing productivity by getting caught in these four common workflow snags:

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, financial and human resources, CFO, K-12, ERP, Workflow