Tag: school district

Eleven Important Rules for Reporting

When you are asked to report results internally or externally, there are several rules of thumb that, if followed, will usually make life a lot easier for you.  Otherwise, you may overshare, share wrong data, or actually not answer the real question being asked.  This is especially important when dealing with reporters and public information requests.

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Creativity versus Rules

As I was preparing to leave a former position I spent most of my time writing instruction booklets.  I knew that the new incumbent might be newly promoted or new to the business of education.  This person might need a few guidelines. I have never regarded these instructions as rules.  At best they are helpful

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When to Say No

I recently overheard two employees chatting with their supervisor. “We want to learn Excel” they said. “Can you teach us?”  They do not need to know Excel for the work they do currently.  Much of the time they are doing data entry.  However the next position up the pay scale uses Excel extensively.  The supervisor

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Stealing from Children, Part III

How do they do it? Sometimes the details of crimes are left vague.  Probably the thinking is that if we provide an explanation of exactly how something was done it will be a blue print to thieves for future bad behavior.  I take the opposite view.  People who are bent on stealing already know how to do it. 

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