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Moving Toward Action: Cultivating a Diverse Teacher Workforce
Time after time, study after study, research has shown that a more diverse teacher workforce positively impacts student outcomes. But students of color aren’t the only ones who benefit — diverse teachers and leaders can serve as positive role models and challenge stereotypes for all students.
5 Principles for Decision-Making Using K-12 Talent Data
In recent years, districts and states have made great strides in both the implementation of K-12 data tracking systems and more strategic approaches to human capital management (the support of educators and other key personnel).Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
The Teacher Shortage, 2021 Edition
This past year, K-12 has tackled a mind-boggling number of new challenges as COVID-19 threw a wrench into nearly every aspect of our lives. However, one obstacle that many districts continue to face has posed a problem for years: the teacher shortage. And as you can expect, the pandemic certainly did not make the shortage any easier.
Talk Data to Me: Declining Student Enrollment
Schools have had to face many new challenges in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While the vaccine rollout may signal the coming end of the pandemic – and the end of some of those challenges – there is one issue that the vaccine will not remedy: declining enrollment.Continue Reading
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5 Critical Steps to Providing Meaningful Professional Development
As educators seek to refine practices and improve student achievement, it is important for educational leaders to provide access to high-quality professional development that offers a timely response to needs. Whether that professional development addresses the unique needs presented by the COVID-19 pandemic or broader trends developing in education, each learning opportunity demands thoughtful consideration to ensure it is the most appropriate option to support teacher growth.Continue Reading
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COVID-19-Related Compensatory Services Under Section 504
Unexpected school closures happened so quickly in the early days of the pandemic. Managers of Section 504 programs faced — and still face — a great deal of uncertainty because closures and hybrid learning don’t change the fact that schools are responsible for preventing discrimination and providing the appropriate supports for students with disabilities to ensure they enjoy equal opportunity to access education. However, making sure students receive the services they’re entitled to during a global pandemic isn’t easy and introduces a lot of questions from a compliance perspective.Continue Reading
Guide to Fee-for-Service Medicaid Claiming for Schools
In today’s culture, schools do more than just educate. They are outreach centers, health care providers, and community leaders who are integral to connecting families to services. Much of this is rooted in the development of schools as health care providers and Medicaid outreach organizations.Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Did COVID Increase the Education Hiring Pool?
Just how is the pandemic impacting hiring in schools? In previous Talk Data to Me posts (here and here), we explored the effect COVID has had on the number of people applying for jobs in education.Continue Reading
School HR & Employment: Legal Considerations for 2021
COVID-19 imposes extraordinary and unforeseen challenges in schools nationwide. These demands are not limited to the classroom – human resource professionals and other administrators are forced to address unique employment circumstances, and even new law, while schools work hard to implement educational services in a new and changing medium.Continue Reading
How to Disaster-Proof Your School District Business Office
What does business continuity have to do with education? School districts have learned from experience how to manage crises. They are skilled at notifying students, parents, and other stakeholders in the community. Safety protocols have expanded far beyond fire drills into lockdown and active shooter drills.Continue Reading
Playlists to Power You Through Your Day
Over the past year, you’ve made difficult decisions, supported teachers, staff, students, and parents struggling with countless hardships and hassles, and burned way more midnight oil than you thought was possible.Continue Reading