Book Recommendations for Black History Month and Beyond

In celebration of Black History Month and in alignment with our core value “Embrace Diversity”, we’re thrilled to present a curated list of must-read books. Each title in this collection offers a profound exploration of the Black experience, covering historical narratives, personal journeys, and critical societal insights. From Clint Smith’s thought-provoking “How the Word is […]


It’s Back-to-School Season!

It’s that time of year again – BTS!   But hold on, before you start humming “Dynamite” or “Boy with Luv”, we aren’t talking about the record-breaking K-pop group, we’re talking back-to-school!   To students, back-to-school is the promise of reuniting with friends, the thrill of new beginnings, and the excitement of a fresh academic […]


Front & Center: Jodi Phelan

Jodi Phelan is the HR Project Manager in Acton-Boxborough Regional School District in Acton, Massachusetts. Her journey in education has taken her through almost every conceivable role in a school, including Assistant Director of Human Resources.   As part of the “Front & Center” series highlighting the amazing people who work in school districts across […]


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 […]


Teacher Appreciation Week #ThankATeacher

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!   It’s no secret teachers are the backbone of our education system. Their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment is invaluable, and we are continually grateful for all that they do each and every day.   We want to take a moment to express our gratitude to those who work tirelessly […]


Front & Center: Lourie Larcade

Lourie Larcade is a Business Services Specialist with the Tehama County Department of Education in northern California. With 10 years of experience in school business and still more experience before that in the private sector, we’re thrilled to highlight Lourie in this edition of “Front & Center”. Tell us about yourself! I have been married […]


Front & Center: Michele Trongaard

If you don’t work in the field of school business in Texas, it’s understandable that you might not know who our guest today is. But within the Lone Star State, inside school business offices, her credentials and experience speak for themselves, and she was kind enough to share some of her thoughts for our “Front […]


Front & Center: Superintendent James Craig

Our formative years in school look different from person to person, but one thing is true for all of us: we owe a hard-to-quantify debt to the people who work in education. For most of us, teachers immediately spring to mind — and rightly so! Yet countless others also work to make sure schools can […]


The Six Key Elements to a Winning Budget Presentation

There are no two ways about it: presenting your district’s annual budget is hard. Effectively communicating your district’s financial state is difficult enough, and the differences in perspectives from key stakeholders only compounds that. When you factor in the upheaval brought on by the pandemic, financial leaders in education are faced with what can feel […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space