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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.
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
School HR Can Have Freedom While Staying Connected
Being connected doesn’t mean relinquishing your control. Even though it’s common for school district HR to operate separately from school Finance, there’s still so much they depend on each other for.
“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
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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
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New to K-12 HR? 4 Tips for Success
So, you’ve been hired by a school district to work in Human Resources. Congratulations! Whether you came from another position in the district (instructional or not), or a career outside of education, you’ve taken the first steps toward something special. The work you do in the central office is crucial to student success, and incredibly rewarding. Just imagine the joy you’ll bring to new educators hired for their first full-time teaching job, or employees in the district who rely on you for help.Continue Reading
The Real Substitute Teacher Shortage: A Lack of Engagement
It’s a story familiar to many school leaders: teachers are absent, and there aren’t enough substitute teachers to fill in. Classes are combined, other teachers give up their planning period, paraprofessionals or administrators are compelled to fill in. In any case, student learning is derailed, and other staff lose valuable time to plan and complete their own work. It’s not sustainable.Continue Reading
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Position Management
Making sure that your people are being paid the right amount, consistently and on time is among the most critical responsibilities of a school business office. An unintended consequence in many districts, however, is that Finance and Payroll tend to be an island instead of working alongside Human Resources.Continue Reading
What We’re Looking Forward to at AASPA 2018
Every year, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share in the passion and commitment of district HR leaders at AASPA’s Annual Conference. And it’s nearly here! Four days of collaborative learning and the chance to share the latest insights and strategies in K-12 HR — what could be better?Continue Reading
5 Principles for Decision-Making Using K-12 Talent Data
In recent years, districts and states have made great strides in both the implementation of K-12 data tracking systems and more strategic approaches to human capital management (the support of educators and other key personnel).Continue Reading
Cultivating a Positive School Culture Through Hiring & Onboarding
Have you ever worked in a school with an amazingly positive, supportive culture? The type where relationships are characterized by respect, trust and transparency; where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth; where individual successes are recognized and celebrated. If you’ve been lucky enough to work in such a place, you know that a positive school culture has a certain magic to it — you can’t see or touch it, but there’s no denying that it’s there, uplifting students and staff alike.Continue Reading