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How to Produce an Epic Financial Story

As the finance administrator of the district, having a good story and visuals is perhaps even more important than other roles, as you are constantly responsible for developing strategies.  Even the best, most thought out, strategies are only as...

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4Cs to Producing Your Next Big Presentation

When shopping for a diamond, you’re coached to look at the “Four Cs” – carat, cut, color and clarity.  In producing your presentations, you can use these “Four Cs” by replacing the first two – color, clarity, consumption and consistency. 

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Define, Lead, and Uphold Your School's Brand

What makes us admire one brand over another? Could it be because of what we were exposed to growing up? Our perception based off a company’s reputation, business objectives, involvement with the community, service, or authenticity? Our...

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3 Tips for Making the Case for Data Analytics Tools

The seven most expensive words are “we have always done it that way.” This statement rests on the foundation that without embracing change and the willingness to move beyond what has been historically done, we are risking greater losses than...

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Five Steps to Creating Your School's Brand

As the parent of a first grader and a tax payer, I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined about the intricacies of the public school system.   From how students are assessed in terms of readiness, to how competition for students and the...

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Forecast5™ Client Spotlight  - Celebrating Success Stories

There is nothing we love more here at Forecast5, than hearing about how our clients are using our product suite to optimize resources, create opportunities, save money and increase organizational performance. These stories truly inspire our team...

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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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4 Tips to Optimizing Peer Comparisons with Data

As a sports fan, I enjoy the common debate over who is the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Sports is a unique situation in that often times athletes do not have the luxury to choose who they are compared...

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4 Steps to Aligning District Resources to Student Achievement

Analyzing student achievement data can certainly be a daunting task for school administrators. This is especially true as districts attempt to tie student performance to financial and human capital. Often, the limitation of comparable data makes...

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Forecast5™ Client Spotlight -   Celebrating Success Stories

There is nothing we love more here at Forecast5 than hearing about how our clients are using our product suite to optimize resources, create opportunities, save money and increase organizational performance.  These stories truly inspire our team...

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I Love My Schools: Make it Easy for Your Community to Appreciate the State of Your District

School spirit is a powerful force. Everyone loves to cheer for the successes of their sports teams, fine arts programs, test scores and academic rankings.

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How to Create a Budget Forecast in Uncertain Times

According to the “National Center for Education Statistics” February 2017 publication, over 90% of school district revenues come from local or state sources that are controlled by statutory funding formulas.  With such a significant portion of...

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