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Jason Schoenleber

Jason Schoenleber
Client Relationship Manager

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3 Steps in Developing Your Referendum Strategy

It’s a new school year, and for many districts that means it is referendum season.  While the district may fully understand the need for a referendum, the challenge often is justifying it to the local taxpayers, who may not understand the...

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Double Dip: Easily Build District Scorecards with ESSA Data

There’s a growing trend in school districts to develop scorecards that track progress toward meeting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The progress reports can be used internally to help guide decision making or shared externally to communicate...

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A Closer Look: Dig Into District Scorecards for Fresh Perspectives

One of the must-see paintings when you visit the Art Institute of Chicago is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by George Seurat.  This masterpiece from 1884 depicts people relaxing, strolling, fishing and sailing in a park on the picture's namesake...

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Student Performance Data Holds the Answers to Closing Achievement Gaps

I followed with interest a recent discussion on a Facebook page devoted to the school district in the town where I live. Commenters were very concerned that our high school had dropped a few slots in a statewide ranking. The most frequent...

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Data Refining: How to Organize Student Performance Data to Guide Curriculum Decisions

In the first few months of every new year, I notice a lot of articles with tips and tricks about how to organize belongings. I’m sure spring-cleaning advice is just around the corner. They’re popular topics because when our “stuff” is organized,...

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Redefining Ready: New Ways to Measure Student Progress at Every Level

The concept of Redefining Ready emerged from a national campaign spearheaded by AASA - The School Superintendents Association. Their motto is “Our students are MORE than a SCORE.” Instead of using standardized test scores as the primary indicator...

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How to Become a Data Scientist in 2018: Easy Ways to Correlate and Analyze Multiple Indicators to Improve Student Performance

Are you ready to add "data science" to your skill set?  It's the hot new phrase that speaks to our growing need to correlate and analyze data to find ways to make decisions which improve student performance.

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School District of Lancaster Discovers New Gains in Pupil Transportation Subsidies with Data Analytics

School District of Lancaster is a large, urban school district located in central Lancaster County, PA. The oldest district in the state, it serves a diverse population of 11,366 students across 19 different schools. Like many other school...

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3 Rules for Constructing and Communicating Your Financial "Story" to Stakeholders

One common thread that every good story has imbedded into it is context.  Without context, it doesn’t make sense as to why Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods, why Peter Pan never ages, or what Harry Potter’s deal is.  Context provides depth...

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3 Key Steps for Conducting Negotiations with Data Analytics

School district negotiations are often the most stressful, labor-intensive, and volatile times of the year for administrators.  There can be conflicting views related to salary increases being requested versus revenue constraint realities....

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