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Your community expects the best technology to be in place in your classrooms. Take advantage of the fast moving market which is always coming out with new products at ever lower prices.
Your school needs dependable hardware. It needs hardware which will have many uses and also increase productivity. Whether you are in the market for projectors, white boards, a remote KVM switch, you need the best. Use these suggestions as a starting point in your evaluation process. The product links take you to Amazon.com which usually has the most competitive deals available.

Dymo 69110 LabelWriter
This little printer is worth its weight in gold. Use it to label just about anything. Great for printing barcode labels for all your valuable classroom equipment.
 
Manufacturer's Description:
The Dymo 69110 LabelWriter 400 Turbo is the perfect companion for any professional who prints labels frequently. It is ideal for creating labels for envelopes, packages, files, barcodes, and even postage stamps. It has a sleek, compact design (it measures just 5 inches by 7 inches) and is easy to fit on a desk. Connecting to your computer via USB, the LabelWriter prints directly from most office-oriented programs, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, WordPerfect, ACT! and more. It is incredibly fast, as well, able to print up to 55 labels at 300 dpi per minute. It also uses no ink or toner, making it a low-maintenance solution for all your label-printing needs.
MacBook Air
So thin you can slip it into a manilla envelope. Elegant. More than adequate for your...
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Keeping In Touch With Your Graduates
Keeping in touch with your graduates is not easy these days. You must communicate via snail mail, web portals and social networks.
In the old days you sent a chatty snail mail letter to your graduates. It was full of news about marriages, grad school, jobs, and so on. Of course, it was always had updates and information about goings on at school, sports results and a word from your favorite teachers. Those kind of newsletter mailings to alumni still go out. But they have been largely supplemented by interactive school web sites where graduates can log on and keep in touch with their classmates.
 
Well, that was the theory and practice. It worked for a year or two until alumni relations staff suddenly twigged to the reality that their most recent classes don't stay in touch that way. Snail mail is fine for the class of '70 and earlier. Web portals may be effective for the classes prior to '00. But these recent grads are a completely different beast.

The classes from 2001 onwards are the text, cellphone and Facebook crowd. They are all about social networking. Put a class reunion on YouTube and the fallout will be tremendous. When one of your alums creates a group on a social networking site, it will invariably draw other alums. They all love keeping in touch, but doing so on their terms, electronically.

So, what is a harried alumni director supposed to do? Embrace all three forms of communication. In truth you do have three quite different constituencies. Send out your quarterly snail mailings. Encourage interactivity and donations via your web site. Fan the flames...
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Safe Schools
A safe school does not happen. A safe school is the result of a concerted effort on the part of your school community to have a safe school.
Safe schools are everybody's concern these days. Years ago you worried about keeping the dormitory doors locked at night and making sure the trip to New York City was properly chaperoned. It was so simple.

Now parents, teachers and students have to deal with cyber-security, stalkers, substance abuse, suicide and a host of other really tough issues. How does a school community cope with safety? Let's take a look.
 

Improve your communications
In a very small school (100 students or less) you might be able to get away with the old-fashioned telephone tree where one person calls five others and so on. The problem with this method of alerting the community is that there are always a few people who don't get called. Install a web-based notification system and most of your worries will be over. Web-based notification systems use text messages, email and web sites to communicate news instantly to every member of your community. Whether the news is a weather-related closing or an accident involving one of your teams, it is received instantly. You can alert your community to whatever the bad news is before it hits the media.


Improve your training
Pretending issues don't exist is simply stupid and irresponsible. It also exposes your school to amazing amounts of legal liability. Every school operates in loco parentis. Don't take that responsibility lightly.

Hold seminars for every member of your community on the big issues such as sexual harrassment, hazing and bullying. Conduct followup training...
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School Strategic Planning - How To Ensure Success
Strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future.
Great Organizations have Great Plans
  
In simplest terms, an organization undertakes strategic planning to reaffirm or modify its mission – why it exists, what its purpose is, what it now does – and to agree on its vision – what it wants to be and do in the coming years. The purpose is not to decide what should be done in the future but to decide what should be done now to make desired things happen in an uncertain future.
 
In short, strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future.
 
The real value of strategic planning in a school is more than simply the outcome of having a blueprint that guides future leadership decisions. It is a powerful and effective way to build consensus and motivate resource support, and is particularly useful in defining priorities for the Board, the Head of School, and administrative team who are charged with the implementation of the plan.

 
Pitfalls of Strategic Planning
  
How many times has your organization embarked on a strategic planning process, only to build a plan that ends up on the shelf? If your organization is like many others, it's because they have failed to avoid the major pitfalls of strategic planning. The main pitfall of planning is falling into the delusion that planning can determine outcome. Planning cannot guarantee the outcome...
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State Regulation of Private Schools provides a brief description, by state, of the legal requirements that apply to private schools.
State Regulation of Private Schools provides a brief description, by state, of the legal requirements that apply to private schools. In addition, each state entry includes statistics on private schools by type in the state. This manual is intended to serve as a reference for public and private school officials, state policy makers, and researchers. This manual is an update of a 1993 publication by the (then) Office of Private Education, The Regulation of Private Schools in America: A State-by-State Analysis.

To ensure the accuracy of the analysis, contact persons in each state were designated by the Chief State School Officer. Each state summary was submitted to the appropriate state department of education for their consideration and approval. The individuals in each state who reviewed and amended these summaries were key to the timely and accurate updating of this information and their participation, cooperation, and expertise are most appreciated. For the first time, legal requirements regarding home schooling are included in each state. s summary. Additionally, state data on private schools from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, are included for each state.
 
 
This document is intended to provide helpful guidance. It creates no new rights or responsibilities. Additionally, nothing in this study reflects the position of the U.S. Department of Education as to the meaning or effect of any state legal requirement. Readers are encouraged to consult state constitutions and the full text of relevant case law, statutes, and regulations.
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Administrative

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