Georgia District Shows How They Use Data Analytics

Recently we here at Tyler Technologies were contacted by one of our clients, Barrow County School System in Georgia, letting us know that they had done something pretty incredible. They use our data analytics program, Tyler Pulse, and they found it so useful that they decided to create their own client testimonial video talking about their … Continue reading Georgia District Shows How They Use Data Analytics

Efficiency versus Effectiveness

I recently witnessed a fascinating discussion at a conference that has had me thinking ever since. A K-12 support professional stated that it was her responsibility to be as effective as possible when providing services for students in support of their educational goals. A peer immediately responded that he felt that it was his duty … Continue reading Efficiency versus Effectiveness

District Gets Kindergartners on the Right Bus: Tales from the Road

Recently, at Tyler Connect, I was lucky enough to meet with many more of Tyler’s clients and talk with them about the challenges they face and the success they've found with our products. I am always excited to hear about the innovative ways that districts are using technology to solve problems. Here’s a great story … Continue reading District Gets Kindergartners on the Right Bus: Tales from the Road

To Be or Not to Be a Project? Part Two

In my last post, I discussed the difference between operational functions and projects. If you haven’t read that post yet, please do before continuing on here where I will be discussing project methodology. Once something is defined as a project, you must recognize and understand the most effective approach you should take before you can … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be a Project? Part Two

To Be or Not to Be a Project? Part One

School districts are often faced with numerous tasks which must be carried out over significant periods of time, some accomplished throughout the year and some even carrying over several years. In this post and in follow up posts I will be going over some ways that you can tackle tasks like these, including some best … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be a Project? Part One

Cycling Through the School Year

The school year is a well defined cycle consisting of phases: planning, startup, maintenance and close out. One of the very interesting characteristics of life as a K-12 professional is the way our work needs to mesh with this cycle. First of all, we need to understand what these phases are like for school staff: … Continue reading Cycling Through the School Year

From KPIs to Benchmarking to Best Practices

As responsible school business officials, we know how important it is to be completely certain that our district operations are well managed. To do so we must constantly ask ourselves questions such as: “How are we doing? How do we compare with others? Are we making progress fast enough? Are we using the best practices?” … Continue reading From KPIs to Benchmarking to Best Practices

Information-Based Decision Making: Part Two

I remember reading a study performed three years ago by US News and World Report where they evaluated the thirty largest industries in the US and discussed how each performed their business functions. Education, being one of these industries, was described with the byline, “Education generates more data than any other industry, and uses it … Continue reading Information-Based Decision Making: Part Two

Information-Based Decision Making: Part One

A lot has been said and written supporting the concept of data driven decision making. But far less has been published about how decision makers actually get from raw data to a final, real-life decision. And even less about the ways in which decision makers have to first interrogate that data. In reality, even the … Continue reading Information-Based Decision Making: Part One

Budgeting for Outcomes

As budgets these days tighten and the public’s scrutiny mounts, traditional budgeting, which focuses on costs rather than results, no longer works. When you budget for costs, you get more of them. What many school districts don’t realize is that they need innovation and accountability for results in order to win the local public’s support … Continue reading Budgeting for Outcomes