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The Difficulty in Defining Equity in Education

Posted on Feb 13, 2019 7:20:00 AM

As we discussed last week, one of the most important (and challenging) tasks in education is for key stakeholders to establish a consensus on the process for leveraging funding to achieve the highest possible level of equity. While district leadership can certainly agree that this is a desirable outcome, the challenge is that there are different means of accomplishing equity and determining...

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When IT Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Posted on Jan 9, 2019 7:20:00 AM

Let’s pretend that you’re experiencing foot pain…  Would you walk into your doctor’s office, hop on the table with that annoying paper and say “cut my foot off, doc!”? Probably not. You’d likely tell your doctor about the issues you’re having and the problem you’re trying to solve, then ask about his/her diagnosis and recommended next steps. You’d listen to the doctor’s advice then move...

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The First IT Steps to Take in 2019

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 7:20:00 AM

Happy New Year! The school year may be half over, but there’s plenty of time to make headway on your priorities for early 2019 and beyond. If we had three wishes for you, they would be for you to have the ability to:

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Optimal Average Daily Attendance: Tying it All Together

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing the new game of average daily attendance, the formula to optimize it, and IT's role in the process. Now, let’s tie it all together. Remember: always start with the desired outcome, then establish measurable success criteria and develop the technological solution that maps directly to your goals.

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IT’s Role in Optimizing Average Daily Attendance

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’ve been discussing the new game of average daily attendance (ADA) in California and the equation for maximizing your ADA. You might be wondering why a technology integrator is discussing this topic. How do we know this stuff, and why do we care? Over the last decade, we’ve helped hundreds of districts leverage technology to solve issues that may not seem technology related. One of our...

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The New Game of Average Daily Attendance

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 7:22:00 AM

Historically, a child's school was determined by the invisible boundary line that someone arbitrarily drew through the neighborhoods of a geographical location. Those lines became a map of assignment determining which school residents would attend. The landscape of enrollment in California is suddenly vastly different due to open enrollment. We’re outside of our comfort zone, outside of our...

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A Real Example of a Frustrated 21st Century Parent

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 7:20:00 AM

We’re almost two decades into the 21st century, so let’s not act surprised that the parents of today’s students are not the same parents schools were working with 25 years ago. The technology that was once impressive and slightly out of reach for most educational institutions is in the pockets of most students attending school today. So why are we ignoring the fact that their parents are going...

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The Overlooked Technology for Student Success

Posted on Nov 7, 2018 7:20:00 AM

What if there were a technology architecture that could solve or contribute to the solution for numerous educational goals/challenges, like:

  • Increasing parent engagement
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Educational professional development
  • Student success and engagement
  • Professional learning communities

One ubiquitous technology can contribute in all of those areas, all of these groups are...

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Leveraging Technology for Teacher Recruitment and Retainment

Posted on Oct 24, 2018 9:21:00 AM

Let’s start with an assumption: School districts are focused on creating environments that contribute to student success. Everyone on board so far? Given that ultimate objective, they’re going to need a teaching staff that’s up to the challenge. This is an important issue because recruitment and retainment are difficult for many districts across the country. Many factors contribute to finding...

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Who is the Real IT Customer?

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 7:20:00 AM

The way we purchase technology solutions is broken. Even the term "technology solution" doesn’t apply to the vast majority of modern IT projects. Typically, we’re working from an RFP that includes a list of stuff (that isn't tied to any success criteria) with the final decision(s) based almost entirely on price. The list of stuff is purchased, it's delivered, it's installed, and that’s the end...

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