Many districts are feeling the pain of outdated asset management processes and procedures, utilizing practices put in place before the days of highly mobile, low cost technology devices now considered necessary to our school and work days. These instructional changes can be an opportunity to address inventory problems that have been frustrating staff for years. It goes without saying that being good stewards of district asset investments takes some resources but the biggest overlooked challenge is often psychological...Comments: 0 Read more
Managing instructional materials for a campus is not an easy task, even for the most veteran inventory control specialists. Campus coordinators wear many hats, working as a liaison between your school and parents, and meeting the needs of the principal and teachers, on top of managing thousands of dollars of instructional assets. Keeping track of who has what material can sometimes be the least of your worries.
So when the responsibility of managing these assets has been thrust upon you, what do you do? I recently sat down with both current and past instructional material managers and asked what advice they’d give a person new to this inventory management role at a school.Comments: 0 Read more
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM PDT/12:00 PM EDT
It’s a fact - there is more costly “stuff” circulating around your school buildings than there was 10 years ago. Assets are being purchased without you knowing about it and issued to people without standard practices – How do school and department inventory spreadsheets and district financial asset systems keep up?
Without adopting new inventory control processes your district will suffer from over spending, needless losses, and disparate data records.
See how 5 of your school district peers are overcoming critical asset challenges that affect initiative effectiveness and staff satisfaction in the presentation slides and video below
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The perception of technology in the classroom has evolved from being an unproven cost to a learning enabler, prompting large increases in IT hardware investments in classrooms across the country. Learning now takes place in a blended environment, utilizing both physical and virtual materials daily. Unfortunately, while we’ve had a pedagogical shift of how technology should be incorporated in the classroom, many operational practices have been overlooked, not enabling the efficient acquisition and management for high-tech infrastructure and learning devices.
It is important to build awareness and re-align budgeting and reporting practices to build the case for the purchase of more technology items and infrastructure. The following operational best practices should be worked into your plan to achieve your strategic educational goals...Comments: 0 Read more
Transferring, assigning, auditing and budgeting for instructional initiatives is a district-wide, all building, all department challenge. Think of a typical school day. Assets are moving from room to room, person to person, and even building to building – How do school and department inventory spreadsheets and district financial asset systems keep up?
Districts across the country are turning to new processes to manage their items to reduce the inefficiencies and costs of inventory operations. Many are finding the answer to their problems by implementing a perpetual inventory management methodology supported by building-level inventory automation software.
Not sure how perpetual inventory management would benefit your district? Below are five questions to help evaluate your district’s current operational capabilities...