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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.
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
Best Practices for Planning Extended School Year Services
As the trees begin to blossom, our thoughts turn naturally to spring and even summer. But if you’re a special education administrator or intervention specialist, your pre-summer list is probably a mile long, even as early as March.
Top 3 Barriers to Data Interoperability in K12
What steps should you take to activate efficient and consistent data-based decision-making in your district? For district technology teams, this is not an easy question to answer.Continue Reading
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Recruiting & Hiring
How “Cultural Fit” Could Be Masking Unintentional Bias in Teacher Hiring
According to a new report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, hiring managers believe cultural fit is one of the most influential characteristics in deciding which teachers to hire — even above experience or training. But here’s the problem. Few districts have any clear, systematic way of defining or measuring cultural fit throughout the hiring process.Continue Reading
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Human Capital Management
The K-12 Human Capital Management Journey: A Free Assessment
“Human Capital Management” (or HCM) is still a bit of a new term for a lot of school districts. While you may have a pretty good understanding of the processes that fall under HCM, there’s a follow-up question you might want to ask:Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Using Data to Set & Reach Your Teacher Hiring Goals
Across your district, teachers and principals are using data to set goals and evaluate their performance. It should be natural that data-driven decision-making and strategic goal-setting are par for the course in the central office as well. When it comes to some of the most essential work in the district — recruiting and hiring exceptional educators — there’s often a lack of actionable goals and strategic use of data.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Recovery & Innovation After Disaster: Livingston Parish’s Story
In August 2016, the town of Livingston was hit with severe flooding. Within 24 hours, the district received 33 inches of rain, leading to floods ranging from two inches to nine feet. Repairing the damage to the 17 flooded schools was estimated to cost up to $350 million, 90 percent of which would be covered by FEMA. However, Livingston Parish was still responsible for funding for the remaining ten percent — a difficult mandate for a district with an annual budget of about $250 million.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
One State’s Journey to Fewer Teacher Absences
Rhode Island: a state known for its gorgeous coastline, diminutive size and… teacher absences? Since the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published its Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools report in September, there has been plenty of talk about the state’s high teacher absenteeism rates. And there’s no debating that the numbers are high.Continue Reading
Why District Leaders Should Ignore Data – and Focus on Analytics
“The idea that ‘data is king’ still has merit. The difference between now and ten years ago, however, is that there is no shortage of data. The challenge now is to mine the information to find relationships that will help school districts improve.”Continue Reading
Your RTI and MTSS Academic Screening Process: Performing a Check-Up
School-wide academic screeners provide the equivalent of air traffic control for RTI/MTSS and lend considerable power to the RTI/MTSS model. Because so much of the impact of RTI/MTSS depends upon the quality and use of screening data, veteran RTI/MTSS districts should start the school year by reviewing their school-wide screening procedures.Continue Reading