Dashboarding 101

January 17, 2017

By Justin McKean

The buzz around dashboards continues to grow, and, as I travel the US providing demonstrations, more and more educators are interested in learning what dashboards can do for them.  I am going to walk through what a data dashboard is, why they are becoming so popular, and then lay out my 5 tips to get started. 
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, data, K-12, Dashboards

What Skills Should a Tech-Savvy Teacher Have?

January 13, 2017

By Dennis Pierce

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is seeking public feedback on its revised ISTE Standards for Teachers, which define the skills and competencies that digital-age teachers should demonstrate. What do you think of these new draft standards—and how closely do they align with the roles and responsibilities your own teachers perform?
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eBook | The Business Approach to Superintendent and K-12 School Board Relationships

January 12, 2017

Many concepts that work in business can also be applied to school district management: leadership, teamwork, and building trust one interaction at a time.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, ebook

How to Build an Effective & Qualified School Technology Team

January 10, 2017

Finding the Right CTO and School Tech Team Members

School boards, administrators and superintendents often put all of their faith, and budget, behind new technology in hopes of reaching children and improving results. Unfortunately, that’s only half of the equation. Each district needs an effective school technology team to turn all of this new equipment, software and support into a useful endeavor.
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Topics: Best Practices, CTO, Team

Superintendent Roundup: Reflecting on 2016

January 6, 2017

Five post Superintendent round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is reflecting on the lessons learned in 2016.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents

Tips for Engaging Parents in Their Child’s Education

December 27, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

Parent involvement is a well-known strategy that can help boost student achievement, but a significant majority of teachers say fewer than 25 percent of parents are involved in their classroom, a new survey reveals.

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Topics: Superintendents, Parent Engagement, Best Practices

Family First, Always

December 22, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

It goes without saying that it is not easy being in a leadership position.  There are so many things to deal with beyond simply doing the work.  There are personnel issues.  There are morale issues.  There are political issues.  So how does one deal with this?  Good question.
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, CAO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

8 Financial Benefits to Cloud Computing

December 20, 2016

Ongoing pressures and fiscal uncertainties continue to weigh on districts. The good news is that cloud computing has come of age, and is providing CFOs with access to computing resources and capabilities that were once out of reach. More districts are determining that cloud-based services can provide powerful and capable solutions while decreasing capital outlays and operational costs.

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Topics: Resources, "Cloud Storage", CFO

CTO Roundup: Rethinking Edtech

December 16, 2016

Five post Chief Technology Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is rethinking edtech.

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Topics: Resources, CTO, Roundup

The Authoritative Guide to Purchasing a Student Information System

December 15, 2016

It can take anywhere from 6-12 months to choose a Student Information System (SIS). The SIS purchasing process involves a lot of different ideas of what all stakeholders need. This guide is designed to help you get started.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, CTO