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Building a Communication Strategy

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

We communicate all day, every day, in various ways: through speaking, email, text message, social media or simple gestures. However, all communication is not the same. Emails can often be read with an unintended tone. A sentence that seem clear to the writer might confuse the reader. These miscommunications can negatively impact your school’s intended message. That’s why developing a strong communication strategy is important.

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Is Your Administration Cutting Costs or Creating Them?

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

“People in those staff jobs have it made,” my friend said, rolling her eyes. “They get paid really well and do nothing.

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Questions New Teachers Should Ask — and Schools Should Be Able to Answer

Posted by Kate Seat on Sep 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

While orientation is an important time for new teachers, for administrators, the onboarding process can be a valuable opportunity to communicate their institution's mission and performance expectations. To that end, as an administrator, you should be prepared to answer some specific questions — or make your new employee's transition easier by volunteering the following information. 

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How Principals Can Lead the Way with Literacy

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Instilling a proficiency for reading early on can lead to greater success down the road — for example, accomplished readers in third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school. In order to create a school culture that promotes literacy, it's essential that the principal and other administrators support the effort from the beginning.

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Lessons Learned from College Presidents

Posted by Kate Seat on Jun 21, 2016 8:02:46 AM

For new administrators, it can sometimes be difficult to strike a balance between what they hope to achieve and what's realistic to actually accomplish. And while a certain amount of experience can only be gained hands-on, finding out what others in the field wish they'd known sooner can often be a real asset to those just beginning a new role. In order to lend guidance to incoming deans, vice presidents and provosts, several seasoned college presidents gathered last week to share lessons they'd learned thoughout their careers.

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Connect Faculty with Innovative Course Materials

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 29, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The way students get their books has changed a lot in recent years. Many of those changes are the result of student desires  they crave a wider variety of content than ever, and are willing to look all over the place to get it. That means that schools and their faculty have had to work hard to keep up with the desires and demands of their students, and that the race to adapt probably won't slow down any time soon. So how can your school get ahead and work with faculty to make sure you're providing the latest, most cutting-edge content?

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Time Management Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 10, 2016 11:03:27 AM

Time management is a crucial skill in almost any profession, but especially so in education. If an administrator is unorganized and constantly scrambling from one activity to another, it puts their colleagues and faculty members behind. The same can be said of a disorganized teacher's effect on their students. So for those of you that struggle with time management - most of us do, to some extent - we've found a nice, concise article from the Huffington Post that will hopefully impart some wisdom as to how you can improve these important skills.

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Why "Shop by Schedule" is Easy for Schools and Their Students

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 1, 2016 4:00:00 AM

We know that schools are always looking to make processes more convenient for their students. One of the MBS Direct services most frequently asked about is Shop by Schedule, specifically how schools and their students can get it set up and start using it. With those questions in mind, we’ve created these downloadable guides to show your school's officials and students that setting up and using Shop by Schedule is easy. These guides are easy to print and/or email to make distribution simple – all you have to do is save them to your computer, fill in any relevant areas and send out to whomever you desire:

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4 Keys to Social Media Success for Higher Ed Administrators

Posted by Kate Seat on Jan 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Whether you view social media as a valuable tool or a necessary evil, having a public persona on Facebook and Twitter can be a cost-effective (free!) and simple way to connect with your students. Keep in mind, however, that you will want to avoid some of the common pitfalls associated with creating an online presence.

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Maximize Learning Outcomes with Thoughtful Adoptions

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 5, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Course material selection is a crucial step towards solidifying student success. Doing things like picking the optimal curriculum, considering whether to bundle the costs of course materials in with tuition and making other crucial choices can help your school to provide quality, affordable content delivered on-time, which can increase student success.

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