Scary Stories to Read in the Office
Spooky things can happen in the office. Your stapler mysteriously disappears into the ether, your lunch vanishes from the fridge — and your colleagues swear it wasn’t them. Or maybe the lights in the old building flicker on and off, on and off — mostly when you’re working alone at night. Needless to say, these ghostly hauntings can be even scarier than a full inbox after a week-long vacation. And in the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled three chilling tales of terror. Read on — at your own peril.
Change You Can Count On: Change Management in K-12
Education is constantly changing, giving us new opportunities to discover, create and adapt. That goes for all of us: the teachers referring to real world situations and current events to deepen student learning, the Curriculum & Instruction specialists seeking ways to further uphold and implement best practices in evaluations and professional learning, and the administrators who must prepare for and comply with new regulations and expectations.Continue Reading
Human Capital Management
3 Human Capital Management Questions, Answered
You instinctively know that strategic human capital management – i.e. attracting, engaging, supporting and retaining great staff – leads to better student outcomes. But sometimes the weight of day-to-day tasks makes progress seem impossible – where do you even start?
One District’s Journey from Paper-filled to Paperless
What happens when you have a vision that doesn’t mesh with “the way we’ve always done things”? That was the question Heather Stocking found herself asking when she began working at Bettendorf Community School District. As the new Director of Human Resources, she was amazed at the amount of paperwork passing through the office every day. The sheer volume of documentation that needed to be signed, filed and passed on to others was incredible, and like many other school districts, the HR team was being asked to do more with less.Continue Reading
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HR’s Back-to-School Checklist
It’s that time of year again — back-to-school season. Your mailbox is full of advertisements for school supplies (even if you don’t have school-aged children), and you’re busy, busy, busy. It’s a hectic few weeks in the Human Resources department, and you’re working overtime to get through everything on time.Continue Reading
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School HR Can Have Freedom While Staying Connected
Being connected doesn’t mean relinquishing your control. Even though it’s common for school district HR to operate separately from school Finance, there’s still so much they depend on each other for.Continue Reading
“Don’t Pass the Trash” Laws & School Districts
If there’s one thing everyone in education can agree on, it’s that protecting students should be a top priority for school districts. And yet, anecdotes abound about school districts allowing (or even encouraging) abusive educators to resign rather than face an internal investigation or legal action.Continue Reading
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Automate HR (and Why You Should)
If you work in Human Resources for a school system, you know how rewarding the job can be. But you also know how unbelievably busy it can be, too. There’s so much to be done, and not enough time to get to everything.Continue Reading
New to K-12 HR? 4 Tips for Success
So, you’ve been hired by a school district to work in Human Resources. Congratulations! Whether you came from another position in the district (instructional or not), or a career outside of education, you’ve taken the first steps toward something special. The work you do in the central office is crucial to student success, and incredibly rewarding. Just imagine the joy you’ll bring to new educators hired for their first full-time teaching job, or employees in the district who rely on you for help.Continue Reading
The Real Substitute Teacher Shortage: A Lack of Engagement
It’s a story familiar to many school leaders: teachers are absent, and there aren’t enough substitute teachers to fill in. Classes are combined, other teachers give up their planning period, paraprofessionals or administrators are compelled to fill in. In any case, student learning is derailed, and other staff lose valuable time to plan and complete their own work. It’s not sustainable.Continue Reading
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Position Management
Making sure that your people are being paid the right amount, consistently and on time is among the most critical responsibilities of a school business office. An unintended consequence in many districts, however, is that Finance and Payroll tend to be an island instead of working alongside Human Resources.Continue Reading