Newest Issue of The Line Opens Discourse on The Promise of Education
It is my pleasure to announce the publication of Issue 5 of The Line, in which we consider a key question: Are we delivering on the promise of education? To answer that question, we must each delve to the root of what exactly we believe the promise of education is, who it is for, and how it ought to be turned from dream to reality. And, of course, the nuanced answers to those questions are as diverse as the educators answering them. But that’s exactly why The Line exists.
6 Reasons to Attend Insights Summit 2020
Where can you hear real-life strategies from other districts, learn about new Frontline product features that could save you hours, network with hundreds of peers, get 1-on-1 help, AND come away inspired?Continue Reading
6 Ingredients for Staff (and Student) Ownership in Education
Here’s something obvious but important: there’s a real difference between simply showing up and truly buying into the mission and vision of your organization. It’s true in business, and it’s true in schools. And in schools, cultivating employee ownership for that mission has an equally important partner: ensuring students are invested in their education.
Which Hat Am I Wearing Now? The Role of District CTO.
Technologies with the potential to improve the school experience are popping up left and right. Some of that technology is for students. Some of it is for educators. Some of it is for the athletic coaching staff. But no matter who is using the technology, its management and upkeep usually fall to the person with District Technology Director or CTO in their email signature.Continue Reading
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Employee Onboarding: Improve First Impressions & Lasting Retention
For K-12 Human Resources offices, the task of staffing the district for another school year needs to be a two-sided coin, one side focused on getting (recruiting and selection), and the other side focused on keeping (onboarding and retention). Finding the top employees for your district is a complex and time-consuming project, but it is only part of the job. It’s just as important to focus on keeping your district’s top employees engaged and satisfied with their position at the district.Continue Reading
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Focus Groups: Your Secret Weapon for Enhancing Professional Development Program Evaluation
Focus groups (FGs) -- essentially interactive, conversational group interviews -- are an underappreciated data collection strategy. When used well, they can provide rich, nuanced and actionable data for your professional development program evaluation. They are fairly easy to add to your repertoire and don’t require extensive planning or resources to carry out. They are often used in other contexts (e.g., market research, usability research) and are flexible enough to be used for different purposes (e.g., to inform the design of a product or service, to collect feedback about a website, to test potential survey questions or dig deeper into survey responses). FGs are best used along with other data collection strategies, such as surveys or interviews.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.Continue Reading
“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
Establishing Baseline Data in an IEP: 3 Steps to Taking a Student’s Performance Temperature
Remember the line by Lewis Carroll: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This shows the importance of goal setting. If you don’t know where you are starting from, anywhere you end can look like progress. This shows the importance of collecting baseline data.Continue Reading
K-12 Cyber Security – Survey Reveals IT Leader Perceptions
Do you know what would happen to your school district’s data in the event of a cyber-attack? How much data, exactly, would be at-risk if your school district were suddenly exposed? Who would be affected and what information could become available?Continue Reading
IEPs Aligned to State Standards
While some states are experiencing changes as they implement new standards, all school districts are tasked with writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) aligned with state standards. Special educators working to develop IEPs will do well to keep their standards in mind as they prepare students for the challenges of post-secondary education and employment.Continue Reading