Teacher Absences & Subs
Recruiting Substitute Teachers: A Data-informed Approach
Raise your hand if you think your district has enough substitute teachers. Now wave it all around. The odds that you’re currently sitting at your desk, waving your hand in the air like you just don’t care, are slim to none. And chances are, your goal is to solve the problem by hiring more substitutes. But before you commit to a recruiting strategy, there’s something you should know.
Rekindling Connections Between HR and Finance in Schools: Funding Distribution
While teachers often teach because they love it, and administrators are frequently former teachers who advanced through the ranks, there’s also the necessity to learn and apply business skills to ensure success from classroom to business operations. It’s hard to conceive of this passion-driven operation as a pragmatic company that thrives when students succeed. However, without passion and pedagogy schools revert to just buildings; without solid practices and processes schools become more likely to fail financially (no matter how much love and creativity is fostered under those roofs).Continue Reading
Understanding Section 504
For many educators, understanding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 remains difficult and raises several questions. In this 7-part video series, education law attorney John Comegno of the Comegno Law Group demystifies 504 by walking you through the seven core concepts of successful 504 implementation and compliance that can limit your potential liability.
Districts Benefit from Professional Development Schools in More Ways Than One
A few years ago Dr. George Fiore, superintendent of Kutztown Area School District in Pennsylvania, got together with a few of his colleagues — a handful of superintendents from neighboring districts. They looked around at the education landscape and, like most of the country, saw far fewer college graduates intent on teaching.Continue Reading
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Quiz: Spring Cleaning Your RTI/MTSS Program
As many of your students start to catch “summer fever” (if they haven’t already…), you and your fellow district leaders head into a critical season for RTI/MTSS program implementation: the ramp up to the next school year. And with all there is to prepare, it can get overwhelming.Continue Reading
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Teacher Appreciation Day: Thank You to Our Teachers
Teachers have one of the toughest jobs out there – a job that’s incredibly demanding and often thankless. But today, we take a moment to thank all of our teachers, and in particular, a few who made an indelible mark on the lives of Frontline employees.Continue Reading
[Template] School District Position Management and Control Plan
School districts don’t run a generic recruiting, hiring and onboarding shop like most corporations in the world. Therefore, district HR, Finance & Payroll professionals should have the ability to plan for all of the intricate and unique staffing scenarios that they run into throughout the year. Budgeting can be tricky, often infusing a ton of red-tape in the process that, when overlooked, can bottleneck processes and ultimately negatively impact education.Continue Reading
Quiz: The Price of Teacher Attrition
It’s no secret that America has been in the throes of a teacher shortage, and that it doesn’t look likely to change soon. But with the high cost of teacher turnover, district leaders can’t afford to sit back and watch the teacher pipeline leak.Continue Reading
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
Curriculum & Instruction: A 30,000 Foot View
It’s so important to understand the people you serve. Any good boss knows the needs of his employees. An excellent coach knows what motivates her team members. Teachers know what gifts and needs their students bring to the classroom. But it can also be helpful to hear about the experiences of counterparts — those who hold the same position you do — in other districts.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.Continue Reading