3 Characteristics of Effective Blended Learning

January 26, 2017

By Dennis Pierce

Blended learning, which combines the best of face-to-face and online instruction in ways that can help personalize education for students, often looks very different from one classroom to the next. But when it’s done well, blended learning typically involves some common elements, says Michael B. Horn, co-founder of the Christensen Institute.
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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, Blended Learning, K-12

A Small District Superintendent's Guide to Technology Integration

January 24, 2017

Maximizing Small School Education Technology

Nearly all schools as well as an overwhelming majority of classrooms in the U.S. have access to the Internet, ensuring that tens of millions of children can meet the government requirements. However, disadvantaged school systems and small school districts tend to lag behind.
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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, CTO

CFO Roundup: Collaboration

January 20, 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 collaboration.

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Topics: Resources, CFO

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