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 […]


Change You Can Count On: Change Management in K-12

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…” In 1971 (when David Bowie released “Changes”), the internet was in its infancy. Nearly fifty years later, we hold the internet—and all its power—in our hands. Of course, with information’s accessibility at an all-time high, the world has become more dynamic and turbulent than ever before. As British journalist Oliver Burkeman pointed out: “[W]hen […]


Teacher Appreciation Day: Thank You to Our Teachers

Teachers have one of the toughest jobs out there – a job that’s incredibly demanding and often thankless. But today, we want take a special moment to thank all of our teachers, and in particular, a few who made an indelible mark on the lives of Frontline Education employees. Give a shout-out to your own […]

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