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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.
Teacher Absences & Subs
Webinar Takeaways: 3 Ways to Boost Fill Rates and More
Have you looked at your district’s absence data lately? Do you have a solid understanding of how many non-working substitutes you have, and how that number might impact your fill rates?Continue Reading
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.
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
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Diagnosing the School Nurse Shortage
As schools across the country grapple with the myriad challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, school nurses and their role in stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus have found themselves in the spotlight. This scrutiny has also served to highlight a problem that long predated the pandemic: the school nurse shortage.Continue Reading
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[Infographic] A Not-Quite-True 2020 Retrospective
Remember Tiger King? Or all that sourdough starter your neighbor bought for their new hobby? Hard as it is to believe, that was just months ago. We’ve broken down 2020 by the numbers — check out this year-in-review infographic, and pat yourself on the back for making it this far.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Talk Data to Me: Reasons for Teacher Absences in 2020
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we examined COVID-19’s impact on teacher absences throughout the spring. Between March and the end of the school year, most school districts across the country had migrated to virtual learning models, and during that time the number of absences requiring a substitute plummeted. So far during the 2020-21 school year, some districts have chosen to fully reopen, some are continuing with virtual learning, and others are operating somewhere in between, with a hybrid model.Continue Reading
How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring
School districts need to monitor student progress to assess student outcomes, submit mandated state and federal reports, and in many states, claim Medicaid reimbursements. But progress monitoring can also be used to help identify and support requests for additional staffing needs or pinpoint professional development gaps.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Talk Data to Me: Good News for K-12 Recruiting and Hiring
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we used data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute to explore how COVID-19 has impacted K-12 hiring. In short, though January and February of this year looked almost identical to the same months in 2019 and 2018, the data quickly and markedly departed from the previous years immediately following the president’s March 13 National Emergency declaration.Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Why Substitute Engagement Matters More Than Ever This Year
Students may still be out for the summer in many parts of the US, but administrators and school officials are hard at work, planning for the start of a school year for which few feel ready. Though the list of COVID-related apprehensions is long, a potentially unprecedented number of teacher absences is near the top.Continue Reading
Is It Legal to Collect Employee Health Data?
As states and schools craft plans for whether and how to reopen, one critical element to such plans is how COVID-19 symptoms and cases are tracked. But you may wonder, is it even legal to collect and track this data?Continue Reading