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Williams Settlement Impact on Textbook Accountability

How does the Williams Settlement affect textbook inventory management in California public schools? The Williams case in California requires that all California public schools provide one textbook in four core subject areas for every student for use in the classroom with the ability to take it home to complete required homework assignments.   What tool can campuses use to insure they have the...

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4 Tips for Making the Most of Your IMA Funds

By Jessica Zaleski If you’re an instructional materials coordinator in Texas, you know how important IMA funds* are when it comes to getting your students the materials they need to succeed. And you also know that sometimes working with your IMA funds can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve enlisted Duncanville ISD’s IM Coordinator Misty Fisher to give her insight into...

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Understanding California’s Williams Settlement Textbook Requirements

A Look at How the Williams Settlement Affects Print and Digital Instructional Materials By Adam Rosenfield & Morgane Le Marchand At Hayes, we understand how education laws affect your inventory management strategies. The Williams Settlement, a law passed in California back in 2004 helped to change the game for students and school districts, enabling more students to have access to textbooks. Below,...

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6 Tips for Creating an Instructional Material Procedure Manual at Your School District

By Jessica Zaleski When it comes to managing instructional materials, it takes a team of people to keep everything running smoothly. As you start to plan for next year, one way to improve instructional material management efficiency is clearly defining and communicating policies and procedures through a manual you distribute to your staff. We’ve enlisted Cherie Crews, the District Instructional Resources Specialist at Keller...

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Instructional Material Contract Negotiations 101

By Jessica Zaleski Contract negotiations for new instructional material adoptions can have a huge impact on the inventory processes of a district, and with many districts depending on the Teaching & Learning Curriculum Department or Purchasing Department to handle contracts with vendors, it’s not uncommon for the district inventory manager to miss out on some important details of the contract negotiations...

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5 Best Practices We’ve Learned From District Textbook Coordinators

By Jessica Zaleski We recently had the pleasure of joining a group of district-level textbook coordinators for a user group meeting in Virginia. Attended by TIPWeb-IM users from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, these textbook coordinators (whose districts range in size from 15 campuses to 150) shared their best ideas and practices that help them manage their inventories. They also collaborated on solutions...

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Are You Prepared? School Districts to Invest More in 1:1 and Instructional Materials in 2015

By Jessica Zaleski Even though 2014 is over, looking back on the year can give us some insight about what’s in store for U.S. school districts in 2015. MDR’s state of the K-12 Market 2014 report, conducted by EdNET’s research team, found that when it comes to 2015 education trends, technology is in. Kathleen Brantley, director of EdNET Insight, says, “Schools are more...

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6 Tips for a New Campus Instructional Material Coordinator

By Anna Maxin 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...

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Three Reasons Why Library Style Inventory Control Doesn’t Work for Textbooks

By Anna Maxin Providing the best possible learning environment for students is the primary objective of the 21st century classroom.  To accomplish this, schools must increase the effectiveness of every dollar spent on providing this educational experience.  Unfortunately, not all textbook inventory systems align with this goal and can unnecessarily increase the workload and cost for schools and districts. An efficient textbook inventory process focuses...

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The Key to Effective Textbook Management? Clear Policies and Procedures

By Anna Maxin When it comes to managing instructional materials, it takes a team of people to keep everything running smoothly - especially with the many tasks this staff is responsible for. School districts are actively seeking opportunities to simplify processes, improve communication, and increase the accuracy of information used for decision making; all while being budget minded.  Furthermore, school systems are...

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