A procurement expert from the nation’s 9th-largest school system says the top reason some vendor contracts fail is due to cumulative neglect.
Charlotte “Nadja” Trez, executive director of English learner services for the 147,000-student Charlotte- Mecklenburg schools, says districts like hers need demanding content for ELLs, scaffolded to different language levels.
Patti Beltram, a nationally recognized career and technical education director, looks for curriculum that is flexible enough to serve her district’s many industry-focused programs.
Arkansas Director of Assessment Hope Worsham talks about rising demands for performance-based, interim, and shorter tests, and what it means for vendors.
When this director of blended learning evaluates products, she’s in the middle of students and teachers, administrators and curriculum leaders, and her opinion carries weight.
Flexibility, the ability to generate actionable Information, and knowledge of the field are highly valued traits among companies vetted by assessment experts in the Orange County, Fla., schools.
The companies that make the most effective presentations before district purchasing committees tend to be great listeners, says Brian Blanton, the CIO of the Henry County, Ga., schools.
One of the biggest lessons learned is to involve the end user from the beginning of the process, asking educators the key questions they need the data to answer.
Diversity in education company leadership and the workforce helps vendors understand educational “context,” explains an Oakland, Calif., schools official.
Technology, access to information, and broad societal shifts such as immigration pose many challenges to districts, and the private sector can help schools adjust, said Dwight Carter, the author of “Leading Schools in Disruptive Times.”