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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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Encouraging the Younger Generation to Volunteer

Encouraging the Younger Generation to Volunteer

Many school districts focus on attracting volunteers from older generations, presumably because these individuals are usually retired. However, dismissing younger generations as potential volunteers may mean missed opportunities to

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App-Garden Opens Its Virtual Sub Training to the Public; No Longer Only for School Districts

App-Garden Opens Its Virtual Sub Training to the Public; No Longer Only for School Districts

App-Garden’s Virtual Sub Training has revolutionized the way school districts onboard and trains substitutes. The convenience and ease of completing Substitute Orientation and Effective Substitute Training allow districts and

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Substitute Shortage in the U.S. and how training can help decrease it

Substitute Shortage in the U.S. and how training can help decrease it

Chances are if you’re working in K12 education, you’re already aware of the current substitute teacher shortage, but are you familiar with the why behind the shortage? And, more importantly, are you aware of proactive ways to prevent a

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App-Garden Adds Its Second Cloud-Based Solution in 30 Days - Travel Tracker - Routing Software

App-Garden Adds Its Second Cloud-Based Solution in 30 Days - Travel Tracker - Routing Software

Continuing its portfolio expansion, the App-Garden has added a powerful new product to its cloud-based solutions for K12 administrators: Travel Tracker for Routes. With Travel Tracker for Routes, administrators can easily plan, coordinate,

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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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Don’t Leave the Bill on the Table - Know Who’s Paying Before You Go

Don’t Leave the Bill on the Table - Know Who’s Paying Before You Go

Ask any teacher, administrator, or district manager and they will inevitably agree school trips cost money and can be a hassle. Often times, after a trip, teachers and schools are left scrambling to process invoices. Of course,

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App-Garden Launches Its Newest Solution: Facility Tracker

App-Garden Launches Its Newest Solution: Facility Tracker

App-Garden, a leader in cloud-based solutions for K12 administration, announces the launch of its newest solution: Facility Tracker. The Facility Tracker is a cloud-based work order management system which allows school districts to track

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Well-Trained Substitutes Mean Higher Expectations and Quality - Substitute Teacher Training

Well-Trained Substitutes Mean Higher Expectations and Quality - Substitute Teacher Training

Think back to a day when you arrived at school to find your usual teacher was out sick and a substitute was present instead. What was your initial reaction? How did you view the substitute? Many students, then and now, view substitute

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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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Field Trips Made Easy: App-Garden’s Travel Tracker Reduces Paperwork, Headaches, and Stress

Field Trips Made Easy: App-Garden’s Travel Tracker Reduces Paperwork, Headaches, and Stress

A quick, cursory Google search about the decline of field trips in today’s education system will return results pointing the blame in a number of directions. Two of these being the excessive paperwork involved and lack of extra time to

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5 Ways Field Trips Benefit Your Students

5 Ways Field Trips Benefit Your Students

Field trips offer students the opportunity to apply classroom instruction in a real-world, firsthand environment. Often field trips are geared towards history or art and other areas, such as math, are overlooked. Algebra teachers, how many

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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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Spreading Environmentally Friendly Values On Earth Day

Spreading Environmentally Friendly Values On Earth Day

Every April 22nd recognizes the birth of the 1970 environmental movement. The idea for this day was founded by Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson who realized the need for more environmentally friendly practices. Among many other harmful events,

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Tips for Recruiting Volunteer Time

Tips for Recruiting Volunteer Time

While schools continue to grow, school administrators are often constrained by tighter resources. Schools are expected to be higher performing despite the reduced budgets. With expanding demands and reductions in funding, many decisions are made

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Promoting School Safety in Volunteer Programs

Promoting School Safety in Volunteer Programs

To promote the best experience for volunteer work in schools, there are a variety of volunteering opportunities that need one-on-one, student-volunteer interaction. Volunteers among many schools can read to elementary level students, tutor

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Recruiting Volunteers: Top 5 Reasons

Recruiting Volunteers: Top 5 Reasons

Many school districts are unaware of the impact that recruiting volunteers could have for the classroom. The diversity and value that volunteers offer help children further their education and provide them with an experience that may not

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Emergency Procedures for Substitute Teachers

Emergency Procedures for Substitute Teachers

Emergency Procedures for Substitute Teachers and How to Best Prepare Them Every day, teachers struggle with the thought of being out of the classroom due to sickness or other reasons for fear that the substitute  won’t be prepared to handle all

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