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

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

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

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