Organizing Security Protocols

February 17, 2017

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

There is no doubt that just about everyone has been thinking about data and network security across the K12 spectrum.  I have had recent conversations with School Board Members, parents, school district auditors, solutions vendors, and many school district security personnel.  It seems that every conference that I have recently attended has some presentation of discussion on security protocols.
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Topics: technology, Privacy, CTO, data, K-12, data security

Helping Teachers Embrace Classroom Technology

February 14, 2017

By Dennis Pierce 

Change is hard in any context, and that’s especially true when it comes to trying something new in front of a classroom full of students. How can K-12 leaders get veteran or reluctant teachers to embrace change and try new ways of teaching with technology?

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Topics: Superintendents, technology, CTO, K-12, Teachers

CFO Roundup: Fraud Prevention

February 10, 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 fraud in school districts.

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Topics: Superintendents, financial and human resources, CFO, K-12, fraud, internal controls

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

PowerSchool Acquires SunGard K-12; Unifies Administrative and Instructional Technologies to Improve the Education Experience

February 2, 2017

Acquisition to provide schools and districts with the essential infrastructure to manage every aspect of school operations

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Topics: sis, K-12, ERP, PowerSchool, Acquisition

4 Hidden Financial/HR Workflow Snags to Eliminate

January 27, 2017

K-12 school systems have made great strides in automating key financial/HR functions -- few districts still operate solely by pushing paper and/or sending email attachments. But even if your district has an integrated software solution for finance/HR, you may be losing productivity by getting caught in these four common workflow snags:

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, financial and human resources, CFO, K-12, ERP, Workflow

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

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

Three EdTech Innovations to Explore More Fully This Year

August 26, 2015

By Dennis Pierce

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Topics: technology, edtech, gaming, K-12

SunGard K-12 Customers Highlight District Administration's July 2015 List of Districts of Distinction

August 20, 2015

School leaders often spend time, energy, and money looking for strategies to fix problems within their districts, improve student achievement, or support teachers in new, effective ways. Districts that are particularly successful are recognized as a District Administration’s District of Distinction, a national program that honors innovative, problem-solving school districts.

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Topics: education, Districts of Distinction, K-12