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Preparing Students for Careers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2018 5:30:00 AM

The worldwide growth of artificial intelligence will change the job requirements of future generations. Preparing students to be successful in an increasingly digital world requires more than a college degree. Students need to start developing computer science skills at least by high school if not sooner. It will better prepare them for almost any future career they decide to pursue.

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Demonstrate Digital Fluency With Your Website

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 6, 2018 5:30:00 AM

It hardly seems possible to get through an hour without using technology, let alone a day. We track our health with wearable wristbands, our smartphones are basically pocket-sized laptops capable of doing and finding what we need within seconds, and the majority of our communication channels have turned digital. Students can no longer remember the world before the technology revolution. Digital fluency isn’t optional for schools; it’s a must.

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Cutting Costs Through Consolidation

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 19, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment numbers continue to decline, many schools must make difficult decisions. Some look for alternative revenue streams to help fill the financial gap while others must take bigger steps. Consolidation of schools or programs is something more schools consider as financial futures are strained.

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How to Simplify Your School’s Access Codes

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 9, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Access codes can be a complicated piece of the course materials puzzle. Making sure students not only have what they need but are also able to access their materials for class can be frustrating. Every publisher has its own way of handling these codes, which can lead to confusion when working with multiple publishers. Below, find our best practices for simplifying your school’s access codes to make sure your semester starts without a hitch.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A toxic employee makes the daily stresses of the education world unbearable. Already, tensions abound with faculty politics, student and family financial concerns — not to mention issues regarding enrollment and retention. These workers create chaos, lower morale and inspire your best employees to quit.

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Santa Fe Christian Schools Receives the Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Since 1982, the Department of Education awards elementary, middle and high schools the National Blue Ribbon for an Exemplary High Performing School. The award is given to public or private schools based on overall academic excellence or the school’s progress in closing student achievement gaps. This year, Santa Fe Christian’s High School is one of only six private high schools nationwide to win this honor. We recently sat down with teacher and librarian Carlie Davis at Santa Fe Christian Schools to discuss the award and how the school gives back.

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Google Glass: Changing the Face of Enterprise

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Administrators wondering how to best prepare students for the changing workplace need to look again at Google Glass. That’s right: The wearable mini-computers are back and the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition® may change the way many of us do our jobs.

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Spotlight Sawyer Boehm: How to Simplify Implementation

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When a school starts a partnership with MBS Direct, we want to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible, that is Implementation Manager Sawyer Boehm’s specialty. During his tenure, Sawyer has helped over 200 schools make the transition to MBS Direct. When asked what he likes best about his position, he said he liked the people and helping schools find solutions that make it easier for students to get their course materials.  

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The Return on Rental

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A growing number of students are choosing not to purchase their course materials because of the cost associated with them. The practice causes the problems one would expect: more student stress as their grades take a hit, teacher frustration at students not being prepared and a lot of finger-pointing from everyone. The students blame the school. The faculty, in turn, are unaware of how their role can impact the cost to the student. Few people understand the whole process beginning to end — but everyone has an opinion. Students and families want more cost-savings options. After new, used and digital course materials, what’s left? Rental.

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Spotlight Abraham Dyer: Ways to Differentiate Your School

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Schools face an increasingly competitive market. With enrollment and revenue declining, attracting and retaining more students is imperative. But, how do you find the right ways to brand and market the educational experience your school provides students. How do you make sure you are communicating in terms that resonate rather than fall flat? To find these answers we sat down with MBS Marketing Coordinator Abraham Dyer to discuss how schools can identify and use their differentiators to set themselves apart.

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