Summer School and Routing Software

Warmer temperatures are underway. Baseball games and track meets dominate your athletic trip schedule. You’re planning for the hectic finals week. Somehow, it's almost the end of the school year again and, if you’re like most people who work in K-12 transportation, you cringe when someone says, “Aren't you off for the summer?” Not only … Continue reading Summer School and Routing Software

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?

A New Way to Measure At-Risk Students

What determines if a student is at risk? How can this be measured? What is the meaning of “At Risk”? These same questions are asked by school districts across the United States every day, but the answers can be very different depending on the district, state, student grade level and even based on the opinions … Continue reading A New Way to Measure At-Risk Students

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

The eLearning Revolution

There is currently a not-so-quiet revolution in teaching and learning sweeping the planet. Called eLearning, it challenges the premise that teaching and learning happen only in classrooms and conference rooms designed for that purpose. eLearning has become a $52 billion industry and is predicted to reach $107 billion by 2015. There are many definitions of … Continue reading The eLearning Revolution