How to Lead Change Effectively in Schools

August 26, 2016

By Dennis Pierce 

Leading large-scale edtech projects can be quite a challenge. Introducing change of any kind makes people uncomfortable—and that’s especially true when the change involves technology use. Effective edtech leaders are able to convince staff to buy into the change by coaching, motivating, and inspiring them.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, CFO, CTO

Foundation for Successful Schools: All About Who CARES

August 25, 2016

This week we are featuring a post from one of SunGard K-12's own Solutions Specialists, Justin McKean. Justin recently wrote a blog post regarding developing successful schools, businesses, and being successful in life.  “When you analyze the strengths and beliefs of your campus, do you not only believe in them but put those thoughts into action?  When we build our foundation for our campus/district/school we need those concepts to not only be heard but followed or your “house” may fall. It all starts with who C.A.R.E.S.”

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practice, Leadership, Opinion

Creating a Culture for Sustainable Change

August 23, 2016

This week we're excited to feature a post on district culture. We're lucky enough to have Kara Gann & Dr. Annette Smith from Smith and Gann Educational Consulting, guest blogging for us. Both of them come with strong backgrounds in the K-12 industry. Kara Gann has been a classroom teacher, an instructional technology coach, and an Informational Technology Program Administrator, Director of Integration and is currently a Strategic Account Manager at Schoology. She has served on the ISTE Board of Directors, was a member of ISTE's ESEA's Reauthorization Advisory Council, and served as the Workshop Chairman for ISTE’s Conference in 2010 and the BYOD Co-Chair for ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. Equally impressive, Dr. Annette R. Smith has been a teacher, a media specialist, a district technology director, a professor, and most recently the Director of Instructional Technology & Support at Annette's knowledge and passion for education has led her to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and as president of the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) where she chaired multiple statewide conferences, including as BYOD Co-Chair for ISTE 2014 in Atlanta. 

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

Superintendent Round-Up: Professional Development

August 19, 2016

Five post Superintendent round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is professional development.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents

5 Types of District Growth a Good IT System will Drive

August 18, 2016

Informational technology expenses are a line item in every school district budget in the nation. As a result, some 15,000 districts make investments in IT systems with each expenditure unique to their district’s needs. How they allocate that money, though, can make a difference in whether the district grows, declines, or stagnates.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, CFO, CTO

A New School Year = New Leaders

August 16, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

The end of summer truly is an exciting time for those in the K-12 universe.  Students are looking forward to reuniting with their friends at school.  Teachers are excited about meeting their new students.  Principals and administrators are looking forward to the opportunities for impacting the educational process.  Something just as exciting, but perhaps less thought of, is the ushering in of new leadership.

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, CTO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

Five EdTech Tools to Make Thinking Visible

August 12, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

What are your students thinking, and how do you know? That was a key question explored in July during the 2016 Building Learning Communities (BLC) conference in Boston, hosted by education thought leader Alan November—and conference speakers discussed many ways that technology can help students make their thinking visible to teachers.

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Factors Before Features

August 11, 2016

In our work with student information systems and enterprise resource planning systems, we’ve learned there is more to district success than just a flashy report or two. Learn what else it takes. Watch our video to find out more.

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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, videos

Professional Development: The Shift

August 9, 2016

The idea that educators and their students benefit from on-going professional development can be traced back several decades. Today, it is widely known and accepted that providing teachers with the opportunity to learn new educational skills or techniques can and does improve student learning.

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CTO Round-Up: Changing District Culture

August 5, 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 how CTO’s are able to change the culture of a school district.

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Topics: Resources, CTO