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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 Reading
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Bargaining in reaction to outdated and sometimes misleading information is extremely uncomfortable.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
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.
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
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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
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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
The Six Key Elements to a Winning Budget Presentation
Presenting your district’s annual budget is hard, especially when the audience you present to has a different perspective from your own.Continue Reading
How to Produce an Epic Financial Story
As the finance administrator of your district, you have a number of roles. But did you know? One of the most important parts you play is that of storyteller. How you tell the story of your district’s budget can be a difference-maker in building trust with your board members. How can you use data to give a winning financial presentation? Find out below.Continue Reading
Human Capital Management
Talk Data to Me: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Recruiting and Hiring Practices
The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently surveyed district and school administrators regarding their organization’s past, present, and future focus of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).Continue Reading