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

The 411 on Mobile Learning - Part 2

November 18, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

In Part 1 of this post I discussed the need to review software requirements, software user agreements, and classroom readiness in order to prepare for a mobile learning initiative.  Part 2 will be a continued discussion that identifies other areas to review.
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Topics: Resources, Best Practices, CTO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

The 411 on Mobile Learning

October 13, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

This weekend, I conducted a webinar on a very interesting topic related to mobile learning. 

In Part 1 of this post I will discuss some of the things that need to be reviewed and understood before proceeding with a mobile learning initiative with Part 2 being a continuation.

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Topics: Resources, Best Practices, CTO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

Overcoming a Not So Perfect Past

September 23, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

Over the last three weeks, I have had the opportunity to observe two different individuals going through very different scenarios related to their job seeking activities.  The first is an individual at the start of her career.  She has recently interviewed with three different companies and has already received two job offers.  The second individual is a seasoned professional that has been interviewed by several companies and has yet to receive a single offer.

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Topics: Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

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 TeachingBooks.net. 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

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

Curriculum & Technology Directors Divided - Part 2

July 12, 2016

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

As I pointed out in Part 1 of this post, there often seems to be a divide between Curriculum Directors and Technology Directors when it comes to technology solution recommendations.  In Part 1, I discussed the factors that both Directors of Technology and Curriculum have to consider as they make their decisions.  In this part, I will make some suggestions on how this situation can be overcome. 

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

6 Ways to Be a More Effective School District CTO

July 6, 2016

By Dennis Pierce

The role of the school district chief technology officer (CTO) is changing. Whereas CTOs used to focus most of their time on keeping school networks and technology systems up and running, today’s CTOs must clearly understand the learning needs of their students and teachers—and how technology can help support these needs.

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Topics: Best Practices, CTO, Opinion

Curriculum & Technology Directors Divided

June 13, 2016

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

I recently participated in a technology integration forum in Austin, Texas.  Among the participants were Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Technology Directors, and Curriculum Directors.  As technology forums go, this one was typical.  Keynote speakers shared stories of success and the strategies behind them.  Breakout sessions consisted of district leaders sharing their individual stories and engaging the audience in detailed discussions.

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