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9 HR New Year’s Resolutions to Make 2020 Your District’s Best Year Yet
In a school district, “New Year’s resolution” is bit of a misnomer. With the school year in full swing, any resolutions for the new calendar year are really “mid-year’s resolutions.” So if you’re someone who doesn’t love New Year’s resolutions, you’re in luck. Because they’re not really New Year’s resolutions at all. With these mid-year’s resolutions, you get the best of both worlds: the opportunity to reset so that you can finish the school year strong and the opportunity to make the new year different from the start so that by the time September 2020 rolls around, you’ve already made progress toward your goals.
Human Capital Management
Alohomora: Unlocking Success for Teachers (and Students)
Unfortunately, there is no magic spell to guarantee a school’s success. Even in J.K. Rowling’s fictional world, Hogwarts experienced a plethora of challenges.Continue Reading
(VIDEO) Explain It Like I’m 9: Low Substitute Fill Rates? Your Substitute Teachers Might Not Be Accepting Jobs.
Ah, new beginnings… Welcome to the first episode in a new series from Frontline Education: “Explain It Like I’m 9.” In each episode, our elementary and middle school-aged experts will take a quick look at a data point that impacts school leaders. Then, they’ll examine what it can tell us, and offer some takeaways or questions for reflection.
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
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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?Continue Reading
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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
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
Recruiting & Hiring
Employee Onboarding: Improve First Impressions & Lasting Retention
For K-12 Human Resources offices, the task of staffing the district for another school year needs to be a two-sided coin, one side focused on getting (recruiting and selection), and the other side focused on keeping (onboarding and retention). Finding the top employees for your district is a complex and time-consuming project, but it is only part of the job. It’s just as important to focus on keeping your district’s top employees engaged and satisfied with their position at the district.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
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Funding Distribution
While teachers often teach because they love it, and administrators are frequently former teachers who advanced through the ranks, there’s also the necessity to learn and apply business skills to ensure success from classroom to business operations. It’s hard to conceive of this passion-driven operation as a pragmatic company that thrives when students succeed. However, without passion and pedagogy schools revert to just buildings; without solid practices and processes schools become more likely to fail financially (no matter how much love and creativity is fostered under those roofs).Continue Reading