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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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:
Sudden, drastic or prolonged drops in enrollment can be challenging, at best, for a school district. At worst, they can be financially devastating.
By Dennis PiercePennsylvania’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.