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Students Find Success on Manufacturing Day

Posted by Guest Author on Sep 12, 2017 3:55:25 PM

Friday, October 6, 2017, is a very special day in Michigan – Manufacturing Day. Thousands of students and hundreds of manufacturers across the state and the nation will come together to explore 21st century career opportunities. Middle and high school students will attend site visits, career presentations, participate in hands-on activities, and receive prizes as part of the day’s events. More than 2,000 manufacturing facilities, schools (225,000 students) and professional societies participated last year. Some 215 events were held in Michigan.

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Topics: Student Learning

How Event Sponsorship Can Help You Meet Your Goals!

Posted by Becky Carlton on Aug 24, 2017 11:02:00 AM
Getting face-to-face time in front of potential clients is always a must in any marketing strategy. However, when your clientele is mostly educators, this can be an exhausting task. Educational events can be a great resource to maximize your time and money to get face-to-face time with multiple leads in one day! Defining your business goals before purchasing a sponsorship package is a must to ensure you align exposure opportunities to best fit you. Just how can event sponsorship help you increase business?
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Topics: Marketplace, Event Sponsorship

Build an Effective Rubric for Selecting a New Vendor

Posted by Becky Carlton on Aug 16, 2017 3:34:44 PM

Utilizing a rubric when selecting a new vendor for you school can help with your decision-making process. It provides clear criteria and allows flexibility in establishing importance on various aspects which can create thoughtful conversation amongst staff on whether to choose a vendor for service. The criteria you choose to analyze a specific product or service around is key to guiding additional questions and/or inspiring new approaches. Consider the following criteria before you hire a new vendor at your school!

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Topics: School Vendors

How to Make the Most of Your Event Sponsorship

Posted by Becky Carlton on Aug 9, 2017 2:39:00 PM
Deciding whether an event is worth the time and money to sponsor can be difficult. It is important to ensure you maximize your investment when choosing to sponsor an event. It is imperative that you identify your organizational goals to drive how you prepare for the event, your participation at the event and exactly how you plan to follow up.
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Topics: Marketplace, Event Sponsorship

How to Shoot Great School Facebook Videos on Your Phone

Posted by Buddy Moorehouse on Jul 14, 2017 7:00:00 PM

When it comes to promoting your school, Facebook is king. And when it comes to Facebook, videos are king. There’s no better way to reach current and prospective parents than through Facebook, and there’s nothing on Facebook that’s more effective or engaging than a video.

The moral of the story? You need to put more videos about your school on Facebook. Duh.

As the start of the new school year approaches, your goal should be to post at least one video every week about your school. What kind of videos? Anything interesting that’s going on at your school – anything that showcases your students, your curriculum, your innovation or your mission.

And here's the best part – it's a whole lot easier than you think. If you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket, you’ve got everything you need. 

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Topics: Facebook, Marketing

A is for Apple, but how do they get from tree to table?

Posted by Guest Author on Jun 30, 2017 11:58:01 AM

“Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion” or FARM Science Lab is hitting the road, beginning its mission to take agricultural education to elementary schools statewide in Michigan!

Extracting DNA from wheat germ, using the scientific method to explore if petroleum or soybean based crayons produce the brightest color, and using the five senses to investigate how apples get from tree to table. These are just a few of the exciting new lessons students can engage in via a 40-foot mobile classroom equipped with the latest teaching technologies and tooled with STEM-based lessons to increase agricultural awareness.

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Topics: Curriculum

Tips and Strategies for School Facebook Pages

Posted by Becky Carlton on Jun 15, 2017 10:50:39 AM

Facebook is a prime tool for school marketing and branding. Although a school’s website is a means to convert traffic to new parents and students, a school’s Facebook page can be the primary source most times that parents even visit your website to begin with. Parents see their friends like or share your school’s posts and get curious about your school. So much so that they click on your Facebook Page to find the link to your website to check it out for their child.

So, how can schools maximize their Facebook Page to ensure families, teachers and the community stay engaged?

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Topics: Facebook, Marketing

How Schools can Prevent & Reverse Summer Reading Slide

Posted by Guest Author on Jun 12, 2017 11:01:38 AM

There’s no time like the present to focus on literacy, especially as school is letting out and giving way to summer, a season of sun and fun, but also a time when many students take a break from school work and let their literacy skills lapse until school starts back up again.

Literacy is a critical component when predicting the future success of students. According to research, the implementation of a reading slide prevention program can drastically reduce intervention costs resulting from summer learning loss.

Studies show that the end of third grade and beginning of fourth grade is a crucial time in a scholastic career. Children who are not proficient at reading by this point are four times as likely to drop out of school than their better-read peers.

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Topics: Literacy, Summer Loss

Portable 401K Benefits for Teachers

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Jun 1, 2017 11:08:46 AM

 

What are the benefits of a portable 401k, you ask? First, it’s portable. In today’s workplace, the median U.S. worker has less than 5 years at their current job. Teachers are no exception to this.  With so much mobility in our careers, having a retirement system that you can transfer from one job to another is very beneficial. Most portable 401K programs will even suspend your investments if the time between positions is longer than normal.

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Topics: Pension, Retirement, 401K

Healthy Goodbyes for Your Students

Posted by Becky Carlton on May 25, 2017 2:27:30 PM

 

It is hard to say goodbye. Saying goodbye is also healthy and necessary to provide the opportunity for closure for students at the end of the school year. Although it can be painful for both adults and students, healthy goodbyes help transition into the summer and next school year. If you avoid the opportunity to say goodbye with your class, it can have a negative impact on separation in the future among students.

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Topics: Student Relationships, Classroom Management

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