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Blackboard Adds Facility & Equipment Scheduling “Plug-In”

SkyCentral and Blackboard have agreed to integrate – available now. Salt Lake City, UT – April 10, 2017 – SkyCentral, a U.S. based Utah corporation, announces the integration between Blackboard and SkyCentral Community Engagement Engine, a cloud-based Facilities/Equipment Reservations, Rentals & Liability Management solution for districts, schools and campuses. SkyCentral Community Engagement Engine is an […]

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K-12 Community Engagement – Top 3 Priorities

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Do you have a communication plan in place to address these 3 priorities used by top districts and schools? Knowing which community groups/members are critical to the success of our school/district. Which groups are more relevant to a school/Principal? Which groups are more relevant district wide? Why are they critical? What criteria can you use […]

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Six K-12 Innovations – Recently Confirmed

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These recent K-12 innovations are making a measurable difference in schools around the US. How are leaders in your district implementing these innovations? 1 – Thriving on Chaos (aka Flipped classroom) The concept of turning education upside down by giving students choices of what they want to learn and how they want to learn. Students […]

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Top 9 Ways K-12 Districts and Principals Unite a Community

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Several outstanding sources are referenced in this article. We highly recommend examining each LINKED source for clear insights and powerful “how to” examples. 1 – Promote Partnerships Between Schools, Families, and Communities. The Six Types of Partnerships Framework, developed by Joyce Epstein and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University is a widely accepted summary of […]

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School Facility Costs Overbudget? Find Root Problem

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The popularity and often necessity of school facilities use by non-school entities is forcing many schools and districts to reconsider their facility budgeting methods. It may surprise some to know that many school facility costs are overbudget and lose money operating their facilities without a proper cost-recovery plan. Facility utilities, including lighting, heating, air-conditioning, and […]

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Top 5 Things You Need in Your School Policies and Prodecures

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A busy educational facility requires clearly stated policies and procedures to protect students and staff — and the organization itself. By outlining expectations and making quantifiable goals for your facility, you can be sure that all of the desired actions are taken and that you get the outcomes you want for your school. Educational facilities […]

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Big Picture Considerations When Building Your School Budget

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Public school funding is the most expensive item in most state budgets, receiving an average of more than 40 percent of state resources. To make the grade in an age of competitive and aggressive public education reform policies, it is more important than ever to ask whether possible new initiatives have been effective in improving […]

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School Athletics and Liability

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Image: Mitch Loeber/Flickr Excerpts from an education-expert.com article by Dr. Edward F. Dragan Policies and Training of Coaching Staff are Key to Preventing Athletic Injury As expert witnesses, [Dr. Dragan and Education Management Consulting, LLC] have encountered many cases in which students suffered physical or emotional sports injuries during their involvement in school athletics. Examples include instances […]

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Facilities Set the Stage for Learning

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Taken from the facilitiesnet.com article by Chris Matt Maintenance and engineering managers working for K-12 school districts and higher education institutions don’t teach classes. They don’t hold office hours, and they don’t coordinate after-school activities. But those facts do not minimize managers’ roles in helping organizations achieve educational goals. After all, how can you teach […]

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Technology Impacts Aging Facility Budgets

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Facility Executive recently reported in their “Technology, Aging Facilities Impacting Education Facility Budgets” article a survey of over 400 K-12 and higher education facilities, maintenance, and operations professionals: For more than 60 percent of respondents, facility management budget and staffing levels have either increased or stayed the same over the last five years. Technology is a […]

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