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How to Disaster-Proof Your School District Business Office
What does business continuity have to do with education? School districts have learned from experience how to manage crises. They are skilled at notifying students, parents, and other stakeholders in the community. Safety protocols have expanded far beyond fire drills into lockdown and active shooter drills.
[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
Talk Data to Me: Does Using a Mobile App Impact Substitute Fill Rates?
A recent Talk Data to Me blog explored the importance of substitute teacher engagement in maximizing your organization’s absence fill rate. But what about the way substitutes accept jobs in your district? Can that impact fill rates as well?
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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
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How to Make Online Professional Learning Successful
Implementing professional learning programs to meet the needs of all teachers and staff has always been challenging. Over the past few months, a monumental shift has thrust many schools and districts into what feels like a tailspin: “We have to put together online personalized content using new resources and tools — as quickly as possible!”Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Professional Growth During COVID-19
In response to the mid-March National Emergency Declaration, school districts around the country began to close their facilities. Regulations intended to flatten the curve prohibited large group gatherings and necessitated remote learning. This not-so-familiar way of teaching and learning into which schools were plunged required teachers and students to navigate new technologies and online platforms virtually overnight.Continue Reading
5 Questions to Evaluate Your IEP Management System
Is your IEP system helping you live up to the promises you’ve made to students with disabilities ― or is it inhibiting student progress and adding work and frustration to your plate? As with any complex system, getting a clear view of what is working well and what could be better can be a challenge. The bottom line is that your IEP system should work for you, not the other way around.Continue Reading
33 Questions Every School Should Answer as You Prepare to Reopen
The most common question right now in the education sector is: what will school look like next year? In my own district, I have answered that for six weeks with a simple response: I don’t know. In recent days that has started to shift as the added uncertainty was creating anxiety, frustration, and even animosity at times.Continue Reading
Remote Security Threats Are Real: 4 Steps to Keep Your District Safe
With COVID-19 sweeping the globe, many school districts around the country find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented shift from the routine of a normal spring on campus to a largely remote work and distance learning experience.Continue Reading
3 Ways Districts Can Better Handle Student Health Records
In the shadowy corners of the internet, medical records are readily available for purchase. On the dark web and black market, patient records can sell for $1,000 apiece. These records are sold to buyers in many industries: data brokers like IQVIA (formerly known as IMS Health), pharmaceutical firms and even tech companies. Children’s health data is just as valuable, and no one can doubt that medical records, especially those for our children, should be rigorously protected.Continue Reading