How to Remove Fear from Technology Inventory Audits
You might know what it’s like. The letter arrives in the mail: your district is being audited. As you stare down weeks or months of sweat-inducing, tedious work providing all the documentation that’s going to be required, you wonder… What could I have done to prepare for such a time as this?
Human Capital Management
Teacher Retention Strategies: Ideas to Keep Great Educators
The teacher shortage isn’t anything new – and neither are the day-to-day challenges that come alongside it. This widespread issue has become even more glaring in recent years. School districts are experiencing high turnover rates — which can lead to a massive interruption of student learning.Continue Reading
Streamlining End of Year Device Collection
These days, technology is as essential to learning as pencils and paper. Technology use is interwoven with how educators teach and how students digest new content and practice new skills. Yet, the growth of technology use in schools — ballooned exponentially by COVID-19 — has meant that technology teams across the nation have hustled to maintain order as more devices than ever enter their district’s ecosystem. For your technology team, now is the time to prepare for an orderly, efficient, and successful device collection process at the end of this school year. Continue Reading
5 Myths About Analytics in K-12 Education
Data wasn’t always at the forefront of decision making in schools. Without digital processes or records, analyzing student and district performance levels was time-consuming and complicated. But as technology has become widely available and integrated in both pedagogy and the physical classroom, it has quickly become apparent that data isn’t just something that’s nice-to-have, it is a necessity. Continue ReadingContinue Reading
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Using Analytics in Negotiations
Bargaining in reaction to outdated and sometimes misleading information is extremely uncomfortable. The experience left its mark and underscored the importance of communicating our district’s “story” to all stakehold¬ers well before any negotiation sessions. That means presenting beyond “where are we now” to “where we expect to be” in a year, two years, and five years down the road based on current trends. It means not only using analytics but also finding a way to make their interpretation easily accessible to everyone.Continue Reading
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Recruiting & Hiring
Talk Data to Me: Did the Pandemic End Hiring Season?
Following the March 2020 pandemic emergency declaration, two Talk Data to Me posts were published that discussed the pandemic’s immediate impacts on K-12 recruiting and hiring. They outlined how the volume of job postings and the number of districts actively seeking applicants both fell dramatically. In a 2020 K12JobSpot survey measuring the impact of COVID-19 on job seekers, 85% of participants responded that their job search had been affected by COVID-19.Continue Reading
The Case for Analyzing Your District’s Staffing Levels
Regular performance reviews are an important part of any successful school district's best practices. Many variables impact performance, and the most successful districts are those that can identify performance gaps early to identify adjustments to most effectively close the identified gaps. A “gap” is a difference between your district’s actual performance and the performance goal — or it may be a gap between your district’s performance and the performance of peer districts.Continue Reading
Create school board financial reports in minutes? Yes, you can.
Financial systems for school districts are great tools to accurately record revenue and expense transactions. But, as anyone who is charged with creating monthly reports can tell you, that’s where their ease of use ends. It typically takes hours — even days — of work to manually extract the right data and then build reports the district relies on to manage the health of the budget.Continue Reading
K-12: Forecast the Future to Fight Budget-Busting Surprises
How many line items are in your K-12 annual budget? 750? 1000? More? That’s a lot of places for the unexpected to creep in and mess with your carefully crafted financial plan. Save the surprises for birthday parties by getting a better handle on what’s headed your way with a process called operational forecasting.Continue Reading
An Open Door to Increased Medicaid Revenue in Schools: School-Based Medicaid Expansion through Free Care
If you feel like you’ve just gotten a handle on the complexities of billing for Medicaid in schools, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Read the BlogContinue Reading
Cash Flow Monitoring for Long-Term Solvency
Why SBOs should consider implementing cash flow monitoring as a long-term solvency solutionContinue Reading