Tips for Implementing a Standards-based Grading Model

December 9, 2016

As educators today focus on teaching students specific skills and concepts, more and more school districts are turning away from traditional grading systems in favor of a standards-based grading model.

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Topics: Superintendents, standards, Best Practices

Redefining District ROI: Return on Value as the New Benchmark

December 8, 2016

It’s time for schools to look beyond the financials when it comes to investing in data management systems. Measuring non-fiscal returns can reveal a clearer value of the investment.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, White Paper

3 Tips to Use Your Master Schedule to Embark Change in Your District

December 6, 2016

By Justin McKean

I LOVE the scheduling process.  It is a challenge and a fun puzzle that I enjoyed being a part of during my time in education.  We had the old school “whiteboard” mentality when it came for building the master schedule, and then we scheduled students 1 at a time, by hand!  We had a small population but we did not trust the scheduler to customize the schedule with the best interest of the school, students, AND teachers in mind.

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, Master Schedule Builder

CFO Roundup: Making Financials Understandable

December 2, 2016

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 making district financials understandable.

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Topics: Resources, CFO

Setting a Place for Teachers at your District's Table

December 1, 2016

 

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Put a group of K12 teachers in one room and a group of K12 administrators in another room, and ask both to list the main things that would improve the district’s performance and morale. High on both lists would probably be: better collaboration between teachers and administrators. Here is a link for a quick guide to Setting a Place for Teachers at your District's Table.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Teachers

Three New Online Tools to Support EdTech Success

November 30, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

Are you prepared to support new EdTech initiatives in your school or district? Do you have a clear process in mind for choosing and evaluating new software and technologies to support your goals successfully? Are your digital learning resources fully accessible for all students?

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, edtech, CTO

Edtech Purchasing 101 Ebook

November 28, 2016

How you find, evaluate, and choose ed-tech products for your schools is a critical factor in your students’ success—and a recent report by the Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association suggests this process leaves a lot to be desired for both educators and software providers.

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

Infographic: Tips for Holding Conversations about School Funding

November 26, 2016

When it comes to district financials, numbers don't always provide insight into the inner-workings of your district. We've put together some tips on how to present your district financials to other stakeholders in this infographic:

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, CFO

Solutions for Declining Enrollment

November 22, 2016

Sudden, drastic or prolonged drops in enrollment can be challenging, at best, for a school district. At worst, they can be financially devastating.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Enrollment

Five Keys to Becoming a Data-Driven District

November 21, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

Pennsylvania’s Radnor Township School District has consolidated its data silos within a single platform [ read their story HERE], a process that took a few years but has been worth every minute. Now, teachers and administrators have only one place to go to analyze student achievement data, which has helped inform their instruction—and Director of Technology Byron McCook shared five keys to the district’s success.
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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data