Substitute Management

Talk Data to Me: Does Using a Mobile App Impact Substitute Fill Rates?

Back in 2020, we 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? Spoiler alert: Yes. Data from a Frontline survey of substitute teachers tells us that substitutes prefer to receive absence notifications through […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Looking into the Future with Absence Prediction

Recently, the Frontline Research & Learning Institute analyzed over five years of absence data from over 7,000 school districts nationwide to uncover trends with the goal of making future absences more predictable. In this blog post, we’ll dive into this up-to-date data and how the insights and takeaways can help your district understand the depth […]


5 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 […]

Special Education

How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring

Why does progress monitoring matter? 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.   Getting the most […]


Understanding Software: Integrations, Data Automations, and Extracts for K-12 Leaders

Today, we’re delving into the world of Software as a Service (SaaS) to help you better understand key concepts like integrations, data automations, and extracts. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions when investing in new software for your schools.   SaaS Basics Software as a Service (SaaS) is a method of delivering […]


Cash for Chromebooks: Budgeting Tips for the Technology Department

‘Tis the season: as we approach the end of the year, families are preparing to gather over festive meals, students will head home for winter break… and department heads in schools everywhere will joyfully begin to put together their budgets for the next school year.   For K-12 IT professionals, that not only means keeping […]

Special Education

Buyer’s Guide: Evaluating IEP Management Systems

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. […]


4 Myths About Asset Management

Have you ever thought about the myths surrounding asset management? Maybe asset management sounds “too dry” a topic for myths. But ask anyone who is deeply entrenched in all things school asset related, and they might beg to differ. Here are 4 myths along with tips on how to tackle them. Myth #1: School asset […]


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. This crisis has revealed remarkable strength: teachers, administrators, and other essential school personnel are showing creativity and […]

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