Top EdTech Trends to Watch This Year

February 7, 2017

By Dennis Pierce 

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Topics: Superintendents, technology, edtech, Best Practices, integration, CTO, K-12

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

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

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

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

5 Steps to Data-Driven Decision-Making

December 13, 2016

By Joel Hames, Vice President, Product

A few months into the school year, and the first day of school feels like ancient history. Students are navigating the campus with confidence, teachers are knee-deep in their curriculum, and administrators are busy with the day-to-day challenges of keeping hundreds (or thousands) of students safe and ready to learn. While many focus on the operational logistics required to keep our schools running, effective leaders are digging in on what happens in the classroom. And when you do so, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of data available. From attendance numbers to assessment scores, class sizes to intervention plan milestones – every bit of information about students can become another bit of information to be collected, organized, and analyzed.

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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, data

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