BoardNews: Fall 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of BoardNews. In September, BoardDocs hosted the 8th Annual eGovernance Workshop in Atlanta, GA, and we enjoyed seeing many of you there for the most successful Workshop thus far! This fall, the BoardDocs team is busy traveling the US with a full calendar of state events, so please check our Upcoming Events page often to find out when we'll be in your area or at a conference you may be attending.

In this edition, we'll explore why strategic plans can be a highly effective tool for school districts with BoardDocs President and Creator, Ari Ioannides. We will investigate what's preventing the integration of eBooks into classrooms. In addition, we have provided a recap of 2010 with the nation's leading eGovernance provider, as well as several subscriber success stories that we'd like to share.

We hope you will find this information useful and thought-provoking and will share it with others who are interested in Technology and Education. As always, any feedback that you have is most welcome. Please respond directly to the BoardNews Editor.

Christen Clegg
BoardNews Editor


Are Strategic Plans A Good Thing?
BoardDocs President and Creator Ari Ioannides poses the question: "District level strategic plans are an attempt to adopt a business practice in school management, but are they effective?"
What is interesting is that most studies have found that there is no correlation between the strategic plan and the improvement of student performance. Then why even go through the process? Read More

Technology and Reading: Is Education Ready for eBooks?
Many people are already in love with eBooks, downloading them to their Kindle or other eBook reader of choice, which makes for an extremely lightweight mobile library! In fact, eBooks could become an invaluable part of everyone's life, especially students. Read More

The Year in Review with BoardDocs
2010 has been a year of tremendous growth for BoardDocs! We kicked things off with a host of regional training sessions to upgrade our subscribers to the powerful and easier to use all new BoardDocs Pro solution. And since then, we have converted more than 250 organizations across the United States to the new system. Read More

BoardDocs Subscriber Wins $1 Million Broad Prize for Student Achievement and Better Governance
Georgia's largest school system has won the nation's top prize in public education, which will provide $1 million in college scholarships for needy students in the district. Gwinnett County Public Schools
snagged the Broad Prize for Urban Education, an award the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation gives annually to urban districts that show the most gains in student performance and closing minority
achievement gaps. Read More

BoardDocs Document Publisher Receives IASB "Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award"
Mary Ellen McElligott, Administrative Assistant to Superintendent, Marquardt School District No. 15, IL has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the "Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award"! The award is presented by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to recognize exemplary service by district employees who do the work of the School Board Secretary. Read More

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