Can I Store I-9 Forms in a Personnel File?

On a recent trip to a school district in western Virginia, I was running though a typical demonstration of the employee master file to a group of employees from the Human Resources Department.  The conversation turned to content management as I showed how documents like W-9's and Personnel Action Forms could be stored electronically and … Continue reading Can I Store I-9 Forms in a Personnel File?

SIS Confidentiality Training for New Staff

The start of a new school year typically brings new staff to buildings. During my recent travels across the country to visit with customers, it became very evident to me that many districts are experiencing significant turnover due to retirement. The new certificated and non-certificated staff taking their place in the local K-12 community may … Continue reading SIS Confidentiality Training for New Staff

E-learning Simplifies Life in the IT Department: Tales From the Road

Like I said in my last post, one of the best parts of my job is getting to hear from clients who have had success using software in their school districts. Here’s another story, well, two actually, from two school districts who decided to replace their traditional Student Information System staff training programs with e-learning. … Continue reading E-learning Simplifies Life in the IT Department: Tales From the Road

After Breakfast: Cleaning Up and Your Data Migration

In a previous post, starting your day with a healthy breakfast was used as an analogy for planning a SIS implementation. Well, I want to discuss what comes after having that nutritious breakfast (and all of your thorough planning). You are almost ready for a hard day’s work and the excitement of using your new … Continue reading After Breakfast: Cleaning Up and Your Data Migration

The Benefits of Online Communities

We have all heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child". We all know how important and true this is. It takes the home, school, community centers, family, friends, and neighbors to raise our children. It also take a community to "raise" your SIS product. Does your SIS vendor have an online … Continue reading The Benefits of Online Communities

Improve Efficiency by Using Every Feature of Your SIS

When you work at a school district, every day you hear about the need to be more efficient. As a public servant, you not only have pressure from within the organization to do more with less, you also have pressure from your taxpayers. There are many ways a school district can do more with less. … Continue reading Improve Efficiency by Using Every Feature of Your SIS

“Lessons Learned” is a Daily Mentality

I was recently listening to the news, when the story was interrupted by an advertisement for a local hospital. A mature and wise-sounding man shared his thoughts: "I like to learn lessons. I learn something every day and it keeps me alive!" This message resonated with me, because I am a believer in “Lessons Learned,” … Continue reading “Lessons Learned” is a Daily Mentality

Planning is like Breakfast

It’s really quite simple: Planning is to Your Project, as Breakfast is to Your Daily Routine. A healthy breakfast will jumpstart your day and will provide energy to begin your daily routine, followed by lunch and dinner to sustain your body throughout the day. Breakfast is your opportunity to start each day with a healthy … Continue reading Planning is like Breakfast

SIS Implementation Check-In: March

Our goals can only be reached by having a plan of action and executing upon that plan. For those of you who know me on a personal and/or professional level, you know that I am somewhat of an organizational nut! I am an insatiable list maker and the epitome of a planner. The world of … Continue reading SIS Implementation Check-In: March