Using ESSER Funds to Advance Equity
So, when a once-in-a-generation investment in education comes through the system, it behooves school leaders to consider how to achieve an equitable distribution of that investment.
5 Steps to Forecasting in Uncertain Times
Long-term planning has always been a key responsibility for school business officials. But in the wake of the pandemic, this planning has taken on not only a new level of importance, but also a new degree of complexity.Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Does Using a Mobile App Impact Substitute Fill Rates?
A recent Talk Data to Me blog explored the importance of substitute teacher engagement in maximizing your organization’s absence fill rate. But what about the way substitutes accept jobs in your district? Can that impact fill rates as well?
How to Remove Fear from Technology Inventory Audits
You might know what it’s like. The letter arrives in the mail: your district is being audited. As you stare down weeks or months of sweat-inducing, tedious work providing all the documentation that’s going to be required, you wonder… What could I have done to prepare for such a time as this?Continue Reading
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Human Capital Management
Teacher Retention Strategies: Ideas to Keep Great Educators
The teacher shortage isn’t anything new – and neither are the day-to-day challenges that come alongside it. This widespread issue has become even more glaring in recent years. School districts are experiencing high turnover rates — which can lead to a massive interruption of student learning.Continue Reading
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Streamlining End of Year Device Collection
These days, technology is as essential to learning as pencils and paper. Technology use is interwoven with how educators teach and how students digest new content and practice new skills. Yet, the growth of technology use in schools — ballooned exponentially by COVID-19 — has meant that technology teams across the nation have hustled to maintain order as more devices than ever enter their district’s ecosystem. For your technology team, now is the time to prepare for an orderly, efficient, and successful device collection process at the end of this school year. Continue ReadingContinue Reading
5 Myths About Analytics in K-12 Education
Data wasn’t always at the forefront of decision making in schools. Without digital processes or records, analyzing student and district performance levels was time-consuming and complicated. But as technology has become widely available and integrated in both pedagogy and the physical classroom, it has quickly become apparent that data isn’t just something that’s nice-to-have, it is a necessity. Continue ReadingContinue Reading
Using Analytics in Negotiations
Bargaining in reaction to outdated and sometimes misleading information is extremely uncomfortable. The experience left its mark and underscored the importance of communicating our district’s “story” to all stakehold¬ers well before any negotiation sessions. That means presenting beyond “where are we now” to “where we expect to be” in a year, two years, and five years down the road based on current trends. It means not only using analytics but also finding a way to make their interpretation easily accessible to everyone.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Talk Data to Me: Did the Pandemic End Hiring Season?
Following the March 2020 pandemic emergency declaration, two Talk Data to Me posts were published that discussed the pandemic’s immediate impacts on K-12 recruiting and hiring. They outlined how the volume of job postings and the number of districts actively seeking applicants both fell dramatically. In a 2020 K12JobSpot survey measuring the impact of COVID-19 on job seekers, 85% of participants responded that their job search had been affected by COVID-19.Continue Reading
The Case for Analyzing Your District’s Staffing Levels
Regular performance reviews are an important part of any successful school district's best practices. Many variables impact performance, and the most successful districts are those that can identify performance gaps early to identify adjustments to most effectively close the identified gaps. A “gap” is a difference between your district’s actual performance and the performance goal — or it may be a gap between your district’s performance and the performance of peer districts.Continue Reading
Create school board financial reports in minutes? Yes, you can.
Financial systems for school districts are great tools to accurately record revenue and expense transactions. But, as anyone who is charged with creating monthly reports can tell you, that’s where their ease of use ends. It typically takes hours — even days — of work to manually extract the right data and then build reports the district relies on to manage the health of the budget.Continue Reading