All Posts by Alisher

Why Millennial Parents Hate School Front Office?

The way that most millennial parents communicate with educators drastically differs from that of past generations. And this unconventional outlook has caused some schools to struggle when it comes to dealing with millennial parents. One of the most common complaints among school staffs is that millennial parents don’t necessarily like going to the front office. Wondering why? […]

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  • October 2, 2017

Exploring What Parents Want: To Pay School Fees Via School Office or a Mobile App

School Office or a Mobile App Ninety-four percent of K-12 schools do not offer mobile payment capability to collect activity or aftercare fees. Ask any parent and they’ll tell you the same thing: paying for the countless number of athletics, aftercare, lunch, classroom supplies, donations, fieldtrips, and other school-related fees is extremely difficult to keep up with. Now add […]

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  • May 25, 2017

Pre-K to Grade 12 Spending: From Childcare fees to After-school payments

Recent research conducted by Washington Center for Equitable Growth shows the long-term benefits of investment in early childhood education, including cost savings in education, human services, and justice system savings, as well as increased tax revenues. By 2050, a universal prekindergarten program would yield $8.90 in benefits for every dollar invested and $304.7 billion in total benefits. But […]

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  • May 25, 2017

The First Week of School: Unbearable!

Teachers work hard during the first six weeks of school to get to know their students and to establish a safe and welcoming classroom environment. This early investment makes the whole school year go better. The same idea applies to working with the most influential adults in the children’s lives: their parents. Investing in parents Investing […]

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  • May 25, 2017

Field Expert: Why are School Activity Payments not Mobile?

Millennials make up the largest K-12 school parents population, however majority of those schools are still using manual and outdated paper-driven procedures to collect school-related activity fees. National Center for Education According to National Center for Education Statistics, per student expenses for both schools and parents has been increasing dramatically over the last decade. Additionally, due to state budget-cut, schools […]

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  • May 25, 2017

6 Mobile Payment Myths & Why K-12 Schools Are Lagging Behind

Even though 85% of the Americans between the ages 18-49 are smartphone owners per recent Pew Research Center survey, the K-12 school system has not embraced mobile payments as eagerly as the rest of the industries. There are plenty of myths surrounding the idea of mobile payments that have likely contributed to this slow adoption. Now that the mobile […]

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  • May 25, 2017

Shhh! It’s not a secret: 9 Reasons Why Teachers Hate Field-Trips

It’s a fact that kids, parents, educators and researchers all agree that field trips are really stupendous. They are actually an integral part of students’ learning process and have a long history in the U.S. public education. For decades, students have piled into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions, including art, natural history, and science museums, as well […]

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  • May 25, 2017

Edtech/Fintech Soup: This Aftercare App Costs Zero Abes

Bringing a child into this world should be a cause for celebration, but as millions of new parents find out each year, it is not enough to simply buy the diapers, put together the crib, set up the nursery and start saving for college. That’s because across the board – in single-parent to dual-income households – the soaring costs of child […]

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  • May 25, 2017

R.I.P. K-12 Art Programs: 10 REASONS Why Schools Need Monet, Monet, Monet!

These days, it’s not unheard of for school districts to face budget cuts and end up eliminating art programs from their curriculum. With so little public funding, schools have been relying more on private funds and patrons of the arts to provide creative outlets for students. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. […]

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  • May 25, 2017

Millennial Parents Can Make K-12 Ops Great Again!

Ask any parent and they will most certainly have one of those “OMG!” stories when trying to pay student’s school lunch, after-school program, or when trying to register for sports activities. Since Millennials are currently the largest K-12 parent population, they are at the forefront of influencing how schools implement new technologies to optimize their processes and better […]

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  • May 25, 2017

School Fundraisers: Mobile vs. Old-School

According to Network for Good survey, 90% of fundraising still takes place using traditional methodssuch as auctions, raffles, bazaars and charity dinners, but the figure is falling every year. And 92% of the PTA and PTO school fundraisers still use traditional face-to-face and phone methods. But with mobile phones becoming more prevalent in today’s society and with Millennials […]

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  • May 25, 2017

School Booster Clubs: Volunteers Steal Too!

Driving Saturday mornings we have all seen a similar picture: Middle or High school students waving car wash banners to raise money for their school band or soccer team. Schools are really strapped for cash and cutting back wherever they can, so those extracurricular, academic, and athletic programs rely on booster clubs to raise money.  Generally, booster clubs […]

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  • May 25, 2017

5 Tips To Avoid Raising Me Me Me Kids

As a father of a nine year old boy, I can honestly say that parenting kids during the modern age can be a bit tricky if you don’t practice patience. This is because today’s society tends to make room for what some like to refer to as “me, me, me kids”. Do you refuse to […]

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  • May 25, 2017

School Audits: Deposit Findings Are On The Rise

It’s a very common scenario in schools across United States: often when a teacher takes up money from students, the cash and checks get placed in a drawer or zip lock and forgotten for couple days or weeks since teachers are busy teaching and grading homework. Most states and counties have either a 24-hour or a […]

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  • May 25, 2017

3 Tips for Increasing School Enrollment

We all know that a school is not actually considered a school unless it has students who are receiving an enriching year round education. This is why one of the main focuses of school recruitment staff is always increasing enrollment. But how can school enrollment be increased without the level of education being offered affected? […]

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  • May 25, 2017

Dear Schools: Parents are Customers of K12

PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations) don’t exist for nothing. Most parents try their hardest to stay involved when it comes to the education and upbringing of their children. This is of course one of the reasons why schools should never underestimate them. As a matter of fact, schools should actually start treating parents like their customers. […]

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  • May 25, 2017