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Volunteer Now at your local school

Volunteer Now at your local school

Why You Should Volunteer Now Why should you volunteer now is a great question.  Volunteering at your local school is always a wonderful way to bring compassion and joy into your daily life. By volunteering, you are likely to be happier and gain a

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How Facility Management Software Has Changed in the Last 30 Years

How Facility Management Software Has Changed in the Last 30 Years

  In the realm of technology, consumers eagerly await the latest and greatest version of our favorite products or devices. For example, oftentimes long lines are formed outside of electronic supplier storefronts as we excitedly

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Substitutes Needed: School Districts Expect High Demand for Substitutes

Substitutes Needed: School Districts Expect High Demand for Substitutes

According to a USA Today report, schools and school districts are deepening their pools of substitute teachers.  With the uncertainty of the virus and teacher uncertainty about entering the classroom, substitutes are in high demand for

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Volunteer Management: Develop a Plan and Avoid Frustration

Volunteer Management: Develop a Plan and Avoid Frustration

Volunteers are a valuable resource for organizations.  And, managing volunteers need not be a source of frustration.  With little time and attention, your organization can generate powerful volunteer impact and strengthen connections with

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Volunteer Safety during COVID-19

Volunteer Safety during COVID-19

With the coronavirus pandemic that we are all facing, the need for volunteers is growing.  Many are without jobs and stable income or unable to find food and basic needs due to school and organization closures and store storages.  Your

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Are Your Substitutes Trained and Ready for School in 2020-2021?

Are Your Substitutes Trained and Ready for School in 2020-2021?

Over the course of a kindergarten through 12th-grade education, the average student will spend an entire school year with a substitute teacher according to Education Week.  Teachers cannot avoid bringing in a substitute teacher.  Teachers

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Practice Thankfulness

Practice Thankfulness

Any time during the year is a good time to thank your volunteers!  Volunteers are helping organizations achieve their mission and provide much-needed assistance to the organizations served.    More Americans than ever are

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Managing Your Facilities During COVID-19

Managing Your Facilities During COVID-19

Welcome to today’s version of the “new normal”! Tomorrow it may change. That is the current reality we all share…many things are unknown, and it can feel a little disconcerting. A couple of things to remember…we are all in this together

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Working From Home with Kids

Working From Home with Kids

The current global situation has pushed many workers into the uncharted territory of working from home. Whether this was a request from an employer, state-mandated order, or due to a child remote learning from home, working from home can

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2020 New Year's Resolution: A Year of Helping Others

2020 New Year's Resolution: A Year of Helping Others

With the holidays comes the spirit of giving. All around the world people will volunteer their time to help those in need from cooking at their local soup kitchen, packing boxes for Toys for Tots, working with local churches or

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Falling in love with the Volunteer Tracker will increase volunteer participation

The Volunteer Tracker is a cloud based volunteer management application that allows you to quickly and efficiently manage volunteers and scheduling and will help increase volunteer participation. Here are just a few ways that the Volunteer Tracker

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Falling In Love With The Virtual Online Substitute Training Application | software for school administrators

The Virtual Substitute Training Application is an online substitute training  program that allows you to quickly and efficiently train your substitute teachers. Here are just a few ways that the Virtual Substitute Training Application can help you

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Goodbye Summer, Hello New School Year!

Goodbye Summer, Hello New School Year!

  Simple Tips for Starting off a Great New School Year Every teacher experiences the same dilemma each year, “How am I going to make this new school year great?”. It’s been said a thousand times before but how will you turn those words in to

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Falling in Love With Travel Tracker Field Trip Software

The Travel Tracker is a cloud based field trip software that allows you to quickly and efficiently manage your travel request process. Here are just a few ways that the Travel Tracker Application can help you and your district!

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How to Avoid Post Holiday Chaos

How to Avoid Post Holiday Chaos

It’s the day after the holiday break and you’ve logged onto your computer for the first time in two weeks, and the dread kicks in. You know what is about to happen, suddenly you begin to hear the ping of email after email flooding in, the

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Benefits Technology Brought to the Classroom

Benefits Technology Brought to the Classroom

There are ongoing debates about the impact of technology on today’s children. With adamant advocates on both sides, it is difficult to discern whether technology has a negative or positive influence on education and the classroom.

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Consistency is Key in Substitute Training

Consistency is Key in Substitute Training

Consistency is key, or so the saying goes, but what is at the heart of this quip? Is consistency really the key, and if so, how does consistency contribute to substitute training? Research shows, in multiple disciplines and industries,

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Four Reasons Tracking Volunteer Time = Value

Four Reasons Tracking Volunteer Time = Value

Allocating already stretched school resources to calculate volunteer time is often a low priority. However, volunteer time, although unpaid, is a valuable metric to have, and leverage. Here, at App-Garden, we have identified four of the

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Increase Volunteer Participation with App-Garden’s Volunteer Tracker

Increase Volunteer Participation with App-Garden’s Volunteer Tracker

With shrinking budgets year over year, volunteers remain the life force for so many school districts to support a variety of school programs. Organizing volunteers and drumming up participation, however, can sometimes seem overwhelming for

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Importance of Substitute Teachers Receiving Training

Importance of Substitute Teachers Receiving Training

With students being led by substitute teachers for 5-8% of the year, quality substitute teacher training is essential to preserving the learning environment for students. (Stapczuk, 1994). Gone are the days when substitutes were

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Untapped Volunteer Pools: Where To Find Volunteers in a Dual-Income Society

Untapped Volunteer Pools: Where To Find Volunteers in a Dual-Income Society

Even as early as 1993, the rise of dual-income households was being correlated with the decline of volunteerism in local school districts. The initial studies focused primarily on the lack of working-aged women volunteering due to

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Characteristics of an Effective Substitute Teacher

Characteristics of an Effective Substitute Teacher

When a full-time teacher is unable to be in their own classroom, an effective substitute must step in, often with minimal knowledge of what to expect. When substitute teachers are prepared with a passion for sharing knowledge as well as

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Alleviating the Burden of Field Trip Management: Client Testimony

Alleviating the Burden of Field Trip Management: Client Testimony

The Travel Tracker was developed to alleviate the  burden of Field Trip Management for school districts. From simplified trip request  submissions to the real-time accessibility for managing trip logistics, the Travel Tracker software

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