Administrative/Business Tools


Funding Tops List of Principals' Concerns

Adequate funding is the top concern for a majority of principals, according to a new survey from MCH Strategic Data. More than half of those surveyed, 52 percent, cited adequate funding as a major concern, 14 points more than the second-most commonly cited concern, teacher morale.

Parents Prefer E-Mail for School Messages — Far and Above Auto-Phone, Texts, Facebook

The only people who seem to want face-to-face meetings and personal phone calls anymore are school principals. Four in five parents consider e-mail the most effective way for schools and districts to communicate with them.

Agentic Launches Grant for Student-Centered Learning

Agentic Learning has launched a new competitive grant program offering two districts consulting, leadership coaching and software access designed to support the development of student-centered approaches to learning.

Brief: Here's How State Accountability Systems Can Cover Personalized Learning

With the latest round of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states that have submitted their ESSA education plans during the second round, new approaches for accountability are sprouting out all over the country, but perhaps without sufficient innovation.

Report: Certain Student Behaviors Tip Balance to More Positive School Culture

A healthy school culture has been linked to a decrease in absenteeism and improvements in teacher commitment, motivation to learn, student identity development and other education values.

State School Report Cards Offer Timelier Data But Still Have Room to Improve

While a few states do a good job of creating "report cards" that help people understand school performance, most states "still need improvements to be accessible, meaningful and useful to audiences outside of education policy." That's the assessment given by the Data Quality Campaign after a months-long review.

5 Strategies for Increasing Engagement with ELL Families

Getting parents involved is key to students' success. Here's how to connect with families from all backgrounds.

TeachPoint Adds Video Observation Tool to Educator Evaluation Platform

The new tool is integrated with the company's TeachPoint Educator Evaluation Solution and is designed to allow users to incorporate video observation into any part of their educator evaluation process, such as self-evaluation, peer coaching or formal observations.

Naviance Integrates with Clever to Improve Data User Management

Hobsons has partnered with Clever to integrate the latter's data-integration tool with its college and career planning platform, Naviance.

Report: Most Educators Aware of OER, Don't Understand OER Licensing

A new report examines who the decision-makers are in curriculum adoptions and finds that a sizable percentage of schools have chosen open educational resources in the last three years.

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