Administrative/Business Tools


States: Improvements Needed to Guide ESSA Plans

School leadership in Delaware, Nebraska and South Carolina are already seeing some of the benefits of the Every Student Succeeds Act, but there are still challenges that many schools face.

Finding What Works in Educational Innovation

Researchers have identified four conditions that motivate teachers to move forward with technology-driven changes to instructional practices. Top-down coercion isn't one of them.

Mobile FAFSA 'Step in Right Direction'

The U.S. Department of Education is making a mobile app available for students applying for federal financial aid. This beta version of the "myStudentAid" app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Development of the new release was done in parallel with a redesign of the FAFSA.gov website. The goal for both: to make it easier for students and families to fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Cloud Service Consolidates School Payments

A new cloud-based payment platform is intended to help schools and community groups accept and process payments from multiple systems and have them accessed through one interface. Families can pay directly through the school's website, and payments are tracked through a single dashboard on the school side of the transaction.

Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions

A study undertaken jointly by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and education technology companies Blackboard and VitalSource found that early activity with digital tools is a "strong predictor" of passing a class — even more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with.

How to Craft Useful, Student-Centered Social Media Policies

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations.

Principals Focus on Serving Student Social-Emotional Needs

A major national survey finds that principals' major concerns are students with emotional problems, student mental health issues, students not performing to potential and services for students who are at risk.

Frontline Ed Acquires Prologic

Frontline Education, with HR solutions for K-12 education, has acquired Prologic Technology Systems, which produces Total Education Administrative Management Solution (TEAMS).

College Recruiting Targets 'Richer, Whiter High Schools'

An ongoing joint data science project at two institutions has found that while colleges and universities claim to care about access for low-income students and people of color, the students they recruit are neither.

Research: Effective Communication Can Reduce Absenteeism 10 Percent

Telling parents that absences matter and offering suggestions for eliminating them reduces absenteeism by as much as 10 percent, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard and Berkeley.

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