Teacher Appreciation Week #ThankATeacher

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!   It’s no secret teachers are the backbone of our education system. Their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment is invaluable, and we are continually grateful for all that they do each and every day.   We want to take a moment to express our gratitude to those who work tirelessly […]

Time & Attendance

Why K-12 School Districts Should Go Digital with Time Tracking

Manual time tracking methods are prone to payroll errors; they’re an inefficient use of time and paper; and they make reporting on trends and proving compliance unnecessarily difficult. And yet, a surprising number of school districts still use paper time records to capture employee time.   This could be due to a number of factors: […]

Time & Attendance

Why You Need to Care About Time Collection (and How Doing It Right Can Boost Safety and Efficiency)

Note: This post was written in collaboration with our friends at Touchpoint, experts in time collection and partners with Frontline in serving the education community. If your district manually tracks employee hours using paper timesheets, you might feel like climbing the walls. Anyone who has ever been responsible for monitoring, calculating, and managing payroll knows […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

The Value of Providing Feedback for Substitutes

With the new school year just around the corner, there’s a lot on your plate. You’re working hard to ensure that everyone is ready, from bus drivers to teachers. But we’d like to suggest one more thing to consider: adding a commitment to feedback to your substitute management plan. You’ll help your substitutes become more […]

Time & Attendance

Getting School District Employees Buy-in for A New Time Tracking System

Sometimes, change is hard — even when it’s for the better. It’s relatively easy to get staff buy-in for things like dress-down days, unlimited printing or discount programs. But other changes can be a little harder to rally your employees around, even when the switch is integral to the school district’s operations. Take time tracking, […]

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