District Management Journal
While many districts keep a keen eye on budget spending, managing time is often approached with less precision. Most districts have sophisticated software to track finances and learning management tools to track student data, but few have methods for tracking how staff or students spend time. This disconnect is odd because, as the saying goes, time is money. In this issue, our Spotlight article shares DMGroup's Framework for Optimizing Time that can help your district maximize the benefits of student and staff time. The rewards for implementing these practices can not only greatly impact student learning, but can also improve teaching quality, reduce costs, and more.
Also in this issue:
Interview: John Danner, co-founder of both Rocketship Education and of Zeal, discusses how technology can have a profound impact on education – making personalization, efficiency, and greater parent engagement a reality – and shares his experience putting these ideas into action.
Case Study: After the advent of Minnesota’s more rigorous state test in 2014, Superintendent Dan Hoverman sought to improve student outcomes for Mounds View Public Schools (MN), specifically in reading. In order to know the right shifts to promote, they needed a fine-grain understanding of the practices currently in place, and how they compared to best practices. This feature follows the district’s journey, uncovering some surprising revelations through data, and details how the resulting changes can lead to meaningful and positive transformation.
Members in Action Feature: Learn how Upper Darby School District (PA) Superintendent Dr. Richard F. Dunlap, Jr. engaged his entire central office and building leadership team in a new approach to budget development and decision-making using Spending Money Wisely as a catalyst for having a forward-looking resource reallocation dialogue.Download