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Background – Why Work Based Learning Programs are Critical

Research shows that work based learning programs are critical and this article will discuss how visibility improves work based learning. When students go off to college, they are 80% more likely to graduate if they know why they are there.   This is the reason why ESSA, state requirements, and Perkins grants are all incorporating these program outcomes.  Work based learning can help students improve academically by drawing a concrete connection between how the things they learn in the classroom are connected to the real world.  It’s also a great way to explore career options.  Students benefit from work based learning through:

  • Application of classroom learning (both academic and technical) in a real-world setting
  • Establishment of a clear connection between school and work
  • Assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them
  • A network of professional relationships / connections
  • Dramatic improvement of their immediate post graduation employment opportunities
  • An increased motivation / appreciation for staying in school
  • Awareness of postsecondary education opportunities

But it is really so much more than that — especially for at-risk student populations.  At Transeo, we believe that work based learning is an economic and equity engine that leads students to:

  • Long term economic mobility and agility
  • Increased engagement and attendance while in school
  • A sense of purpose and passion for their career
  • Realization of their full potential

Because if students can’t see it, they can’t dream it and if they can’t dream it,  they can’t be it!

 

Scaling Work Based Learning

As economic gaps widen and technology rapidly reshapes our workforce, it is more important than ever for students to gain practical experience as part of a work based learning program.   According to a recent survey by Adecco, 92% of executives don’t think American workers are as skilled as they need to be.  “This skills gap limits economic growth and is also a missed opportunity for low-skilled, low-wage workers who could fill these better-paying positions with the right training.” 

Despite the realization that we need to expand workplace learning programs to all students, they are difficult to scale because providing high quality, rigorous, and work based learning experiences requires managing complex logistics across multiple stakeholders including:

  • Students
  • Business partners
  • Intermediaries
  • Program administrators
  • Superintendents and administrators
  • State and federal agencies

 

Robust work based learning programs require employers, school districts, support organizations, schools, and students to interact in complicated and layered ways.   As students move across the continuum of work based learning, employer / student engagement increases, making interactions and tracking even more complex. 

Unfortunately, 93% of these vital programs are still managed on paper, providing no visibility and little scale. 

 

The Advantages of Visibility in a Work Based Learning Software (2 min video)

CEO,  Dr. Don Fraynd – PhD, discusses how a software increases the impact of your program for every stakeholder

 

The primary function of a work based learning software is to take a very complicated process and make it simpler for students and business partners to connect.  When a program manager creates business partnerships at scale, they need to curate:

  • Internships
  • Career ready activities
  • Sets of tasks for students to complete
  • Work based experiences
  • Shadow days

And, at scale, they need to manage 100s if not 1000s of students across hundreds of sites.  As a result of this complexity, program managers, schools, and districts often get crushed by the sheer paperwork and either don’t or can’t take advantage of all the rich resources available for students in the community.  Many business partners cannot offer their opportunities because there is no effective or organized way for them to interface with the school and students.

A software immediately eliminates this issue with a simple interface.

Companies can create an account (or the district admin can on their behalf) and a company profile that allows them to:

  • Identify what they would like students to do
  • Provide background on their people and their organization
  • Manage the day to day interactions with the district and students

Students can:

  • Identify their passions
  • Track their career ready journey
  • Match interest to opportunities

Students can access the marketplace of available opportunities from a mobile device, identify their interests, look for interesting experiences, apply for those experiences, and then securely communicate with mentors and school personnel.

Simultaneously, partners and work based learning program managers can communicate back with students, creating a totally closed loop for onboarding, business partner background checks, program management, and badging / credentialing.

At the end of the day, district leaders have the ability to produce rich ad-hoc reports and analyses on the impact of all those experiences. They will have immediate access to:

  • Where their students are at a given time across the community
  • How many hours have they logged
  • What types of activities students are engaged in
  • Progress of students in completing required activities and tasks
  • What types of experiences students are engaged in
  • Next steps in students’ career journeys
  • What certifications and badges they have completed

By replacing paper, the complicated world of postsecondary readiness is immediately transformed, making administration simple so schools and educators can focus on finding the best opportunities for kids and setting them up for success in the future.

 

 

How Are Your Stakeholders Impacted? (40 sec video)

Dr. Lazaro Lopez, Current Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning and a Senior Advisor at Transeo explains how a software provides scale for award winning work based learning programs.

 

About Transeo

Transeo was founded by educators and for educators because we believe community service and work based learning programs not only increase future chances of success, but foster active citizenship to  build resilient communities.

Why We Developed Transeo Jobs (40 sec video)

 

Dr. David Schuler, Transeo Co-Founder, explains the passion and drivers of our software 

 

Our entire team believes in a future where students are defined by determination, resilience, and hard work.  We also believe that the future starts with giving students tools like Transeo Jobs and Transeo Serve to unlock their potential, help others, and transform their community.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.

Together, we can empower students to work to full potential through rich work based learning and community service programs.

 

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Work based learning software is critical for multiple reasons. In this brief article and short video with national Redefining Ready leader David Schuler, Phd and work based learning expert Lazaro Lopez, PhD we will discuss:

  • Why work based learning is critical
  • Our responsibility as leaders to scale work based learning
  • The advantages of using software rather than paper to manage postsecondary readiness programs, especially with new state and federal requirements

Importance of Work Based Learning

 

How Do We Shift Culture with Work Based Learning (90 second video)

 

2018 AASA National Superintendent of the Year discusses the growing importance of work based learning.

At Transeo, we believe that high quality postsecondary workforce readiness programs are an economic engine that helps students develop:

  • Long term economic mobility and agility
  • Increased engagement and attendance while in school
  • A sense of purpose and passion for their career
  • The ability to realize their full potential

Because if students can’t see it, they can’t dream it and if they can’t dream it, they can’t be it.

For way too long, in K12 education, we’ve been focused on preparing kids for tests, but what we are really charged with is a focus on developing the whole child  and preparing them to be good community citizens that are career and life ready.  As leaders, we need to:

  • Help students dream beyond their current realities
  • Create programs explicitly designed to help students think about what postsecondary life is like
  • Help them decide if they’re going to enter the workforce right away
  • Ensure students going to college have a career choice that is super interesting to them
  • Help students decide if they’re going to go straight to work, technical school, or college

Our job as educators is to provide engaging and relevant experiences for our kids while they’re in high school.  We need to make sure our students have opportunities to experience the workforce and to experience the work world while they’re in high school.

 

Background on the Challenges of Scaling Work Based Learning without Software

 Work based learning programs are difficult to scale because providing high quality, rigorous, and work based learning experiences requires managing complex logistics across multiple stakeholders including:

  • Students
  • Business partners
  • Intermediaries / support organizations
  • Program administrators
  • Superintendents and administrators
  • State and federal compliance organizations
Work Based Learning Software Workflow

Robust work based learning programs require employers, school districts, support organizations, schools, and students to interact in complicated and layered ways.   And, as students move across the continuum of work based learning, employer / student engagement increases, making interactions and tracking even more complex. 

Unfortunately, 93% of these vital programs are still managed on paper.  Paper does not allow for easy tracking, managing, aggregating, and reporting to state agencies.  Many districts are currently using spreadsheets and paper, and then taking that information, putting it into another system or continuing to manage on paper.  This wastes the time of personnel that could better be used on finding more high quality business partners and helping students reflect on the skills they are developing. 

 

How a Work Based Learning Software Immediately Helps Students and Program Managers

Technology allows us to scale work based learning like never before.  We can now provide students the tools they need to track and monitor external workplace experiences, internships, career ready activities, micro experiences, and pre-apprenticeship programs.  Software creates an incredible launching pad for students.

It’s even more important for underserved students who may not have an existing network of supporters who have navigated today’s complicated postsecondary world.  As schools and districts, we can plant new dreams in the minds of our students to break the generational cycle of poverty that exists in so many places because students can now:

  • Understand their interests and future needs
  • See available opportunities in their community
  • Make the professional connections they need
  • Develop the hard and soft skills they need for long and short term success

With a software program, managers automate work based learning programs for scale to recruit business partners faster.  Business partners can connect with the right students for mutual wins.  And students can safely and securely access the marketplace of available opportunities from a mobile device, identify in their own interests, look for experiences of interest, and apply for those experiences.  With the help of software, students can then communicate with partners and their program managers while practicing career ready skills.   

How Does Software Impact Scale (35 second video)

Dr. Lazaro Lopez,  current Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning and a Senior Advisor at Transeo, explains how a software provides scale for award winning Work Based Learning Programs

 

How a Work Based Learning Software Helps with Compliance

 

Changing Perkins Requirements and Software Recap (50 second video)

Transeo Co-Founder Dr. David Schuler explains the larger role of software in Perkins and state compliance.

 

Work Based Learning software is critical right now for both state and federal compliance because the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins grant requires every district in the country to start reporting on the number of external workplace learning experiences that their students are experiencing.  These data typically include career readiness indicators.  The exact data will vary depending on your state but will include the following types of data that are all  just one click away in a workplace or service software:

Examples of College & Career Ready Indicators

  • Career Development Experience / Internship
  • Industry Credential / Endorsement / Seal / Badge
  • Military Service
  • Dual Credit Career Pathway Course
  • Completion of a Program of Study
  • Attaining and Maintaining Consistent Employment for a Minimum of 12 Months
  • Consecutive Summer employment
  • Community Service Hours
  • Two or More Organized Co-curricular Activities

Using a spreadsheet or paper and pencil, and then taking that information, putting it into another system, and then uploading that to a state document is an enormous drain of personnel time and human capital.  In contrast, software allows for real time data tracking and aggregating in an easy “one click” way to upload that information to a state or federal agency.

Summary

The result is clear: schools can serve as economic engines when directly engaged in developing the talent pipeline essential to local employers.  However, it is challenging to coordinate the resources of the community with students and schools.  Our collective efforts can and should support students’ creation, awareness, and actualization of their dreams by providing career guidance and hands-on experience, while at the same time providing local business with the talent pool essential to remain competitive.  Superintendents and program managers can now spend more time creating and scaling more powerful programs and stop wasting resources on management, data collection, and reporting.

Transeo was founded by educators and for educators because we believe community service and work based learning programs not only increase future chances of success, but foster active citizenship to  build resilient communities.

Our entire team believes in a future where students are defined by determination, resilience, and hard work.  We also believe that the future starts with giving students tools like Transeo Jobs and Transeo Serve to unlock their potential, help others, and transform their community.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.

Together, we can empower students to work to full potential through rich work based learning and community service programs.

 

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A high school graduate named Jimmy shared with me all the barriers he encountered while participating in community service.

He relied on pen and paper to track his service hours. His school often played phone tag with the service agency to verify he had volunteered. And when he applied to colleges and for scholarships, there was no easy way to gather data that showed the time he spent in his community.

You and I know students are more than just a number or a score they earn on a standardized test. They build career and college ready skills from all kinds of experiences.

Our nation’s public schools strive to provide students with rigorous academic programs, personalized and career-specific learning experiences, along with social and emotional skills that prepare our young people to be global citizens in an ever-changing world.

Community service is one example of the experiences our schools provide. Volunteering is powerful. Not only do students develop empathy, self-confidence and a sense of purpose when they participate in service, research shows that students who participate in community service programs are 22% more likely to graduate college and 25% of students return to their communities after having engaged in service.

And workplace learning experiences — from internships to apprenticeships to micro-internships — are incredibly beneficial for our students. These experiences provide employers with a pipeline of talent and potential employees while giving our students soft skills — from teamwork to critical thinking and communication — needed to thrive in the workplace and the chance to discover if they truly have a passion for the career.

For all of these reasons, I am passionate about incorporating both community service and workplace learning into college and career readiness criteria. Simply put, these experiences can yield powerful results for our students.

But how can schools benefit from adding these experiences into the school day?

Here are three things for school leaders to think about when deciding if they should add workplace learning or service opportunities into their school district’s curriculum or programming.

1. Students can explore careers and discover their passions

When you embed workplace learning and community service into the K12 educational setting, you see students explore different career paths, develop meaningful connections and unlock their potential. Exploring their opportunities and discovering their passions before they graduate high school are incredibly important. This will help students leave our schoolhouse doors with purpose and momentum – and potentially save them and their families time and money.

2. It’s great for building partnerships

Building these opportunities for students helps to show our value to local businesses, area nonprofits and other industry partners. When we provide experiences for our students to give back or help build a pipeline of talent for industries that are in our backyard, we are establishing a two-way relationship with those in our communities. Internships and apprenticeships can lead to businesses helping to develop the next generation of workers and closing skills gaps in various industries. Volunteering is another way our students can connect with their communities and helps them become good community citizens.

3. Having data helps you gather insights

What key insights do you currently have about the kinds of community service or workplace learning opportunities that your students value? When you build an effective program that captures both these experiences, you will have hard data that show what matters to your students and staff. This will allow you to capture the value of these experiences, maximize these meaningful opportunities going forward and celebrate your school’s collective impact.

We are educating a generation of innovators – students who are driven by ideas and inspired by innovations. Students leave our schoolhouse doors with the academic skills that make them college and career ready, but also with grit, perseverance and resiliency to tackle and achieve their goals. They have the growth mindset that empowers them to approach their future with confidence, to dream big and make those dreams a reality.

Our students learn in a variety of ways. They should be able to demonstrate readiness in a variety of ways.

We must look beyond a standardized test score and use multiple measures — including community service and workplace learning — to assess and demonstrate that students are ready for life beyond high school.

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Expanding and Engaging Community Partners https://gotranseo.com/expanding-and-engaging-community-partners/ https://gotranseo.com/expanding-and-engaging-community-partners/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:00:34 +0000 https://gotranseo.com/?p=1490 The post Expanding and Engaging Community Partners appeared first on Transeo.

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The McKinsey Global Institute has highlighted the traits of higher cognitive (critical thinking and complex information processing), social emotional (advanced communication and negotiation), and technological (data analysis and research) as the three key skill sets in demand from the workforce for 2030. Continually we state that we want students to have “21st century” skill sets, but what are those skills sets? As educators, we can learn best by asking the source. All of us have local community partners and businesses that are the economic engine for the communities in which we live.  

Community and industry partners may not think of their local high schools as needing assistance and help, but we do. Their assistance in helping us define, articulate and teach the skills our students of today will need for tomorrow’s world of work is essential. Organizations throughout our communities need a qualified and competent workforce with individuals that are invested in developing and contributing to their industry. Here lies the perfect environment for a strategic relationship in which both objectives can be accomplished.

Recent research suggests that a comprehensive work-based learning experience includes three key components: 

  • Alignment of classroom and workplace learning 
  • Application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting
  • Support from classroom or workplace mentors.

With the emergence of career pathways, many schools are restructuring their curriculum offerings and handbooks to align and offer courses in a meaningful sequence within these pathways. The next step is to embed workplace learning and or internships. Students learn by doing. By intentionally exposing students to meaningful and related work experience before they enter postsecondary education, they will be in a strong position to explore options that will be a good match for their interests. 

It is just as important to have a student participate in an internship or work experience to find out that they do not want to pursue a particular field as it is important for them to find an experience they identify and enjoy. The key is to offer a plethora of meaningful experiences that align and engage students within the career cluster or pathway of their choice. Gone are the days of having 25 stock internship experiences that have no meaningful self-discovery. It is not enough that we offer a potpourri of scattered experiences if they do not lead to a succinct sequence of events including components such as job placement, youth apprenticeship, workplace learning, or early college credit.

An example of a complementary relationship in my district benefiting students and the broader community is our effort to address the national teacher shortage crisis and, specifically, the lack of underrepresented ethnicities within the teaching profession. We have worked to establish a “grow your own teacher” model that engages the whole community.  Students identified in the education pathway and committed to the Educator Prep program begin their journey with an all-district student signing. This is much like the process of student athletes committing to a specific college or university. When these students enter the program, the benefits include the following: 

High School

  • Workplace learning experience supporting the local school-based preschool
  • Workplace learning experience in the elementary or middle school
    • Students teach a full lesson with an elementary or middle school teacher
  • They earn 2 to 3 early college education classes while in high school (allowing them to transfer-in and receive credit towards their degree) and gain  full exposure to college education academia

 

College

  • Once in college, receive targeted identified professional development opportunities within elementary, middle, or high school setting of their choice
  • If attending the partner postsecondary, receive a guaranteed student teaching placement back in our community

 

Career

  • Guaranteed an interview if there is a curricular opening upon completion of student teaching or internship

 

With this program, we have elementary and middle schools committed to offering workplace learning experience while the student is in high school, a postsecondary partner engaged in the learning through the early college credit coursework, and all partners working together to align professional development opportunities that align with student learning from high school through postsecondary. This is a proactive and holistic approach to the growing teacher shortage and illustrates our community coming together to answer a real world challenge.  

 

What is working in your community to support students in their readiness for life beyond high school? 

We thank our friends at Intellispark for permission to repost this blog written by their senior advisor, Dr. Matt Liberatore for their Our Thoughts Blog.

Dr. Matt Liberatore, LCPC is the director of professional learning and student services for Township High School District 214, president of the Illinois School Counselor Association, and senior advisor to Intellispark.

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How community service tracking software works to improve compliance issues, lowers the cost of administration and improves the quality of a school’s program.

In this digital and mobile age, software is almost always a viable option for improving any process that requires communication between multiple stakeholders. This is especially true when that information has historically required a paper and pencil process. Educational community service programs are no different.

A community service tracking software will save time and money by reducing staff time needed to identify, communicate and track service opportunities. A community service tracking software will allow students to find opportunities faster and it will allow both the students and counselors to focus on quality educational and service experiences. All of this will ultimately have a significant impact on your community service program for both the student and the community.

In addition, at Transeo (a team of educators serving educators) we know that our software will also have the ability to remove several areas of friction that exist with the paper, pencil and spreadsheet process within current community service programs. It will eliminate friction especially in the area of communication with stakeholders outside of the direct day-to-day engagement with the program. Here is some insight as to how Transeo directly impacts these unique areas within a school district.

How Community Service Tracking Software Works to Reduce Friction with Student Compliance

The primary purpose of any community service program is for the students to volunteer within their communities to gain valuable experience and make a positive impact. Core to completion of the program is the requirement for students to track, log and verify they have completed that service and actually served the community. With a paper and pencil process, there is a lot of friction due to the fact that students are not always accurately verifying or turning in the required information on time.

Most counselors have had to deal with parents sending their students to school with a community service packet. The student misses the deadline and “swears” they turned it in. And then an argument between the student, counselor and parent ensues.

Rather than focusing on the quality of the experience, the focus almost always turns to compliance. It ends up being an unnecessary fight between the parent and the student because the student didn’t get credit for the service, didn’t understand the requirements or simply missed the deadline. Parents and counselors begin arguing because the student couldn’t get their high honors or cord for community service at graduation. All this happens because the focus was on the compliance piece and not on the value of the community service. And the compliance process was/is riddled with areas that are error prone.

Transeo is designed to put the focus on the quality of the service and eliminate the friction and dissonance around student compliance. The posting, tracking, logging and verification are all just one click away. And that click can occur on mobile devices, a laptop or a desktop computer.

Co-Founder and National Superintendent of the Year,  Dave Schuler,  Shares Concrete Examples of How Transeo Serve Reduces and/or Eliminates Friction Between Students, Counselors and Parents

Current and Future Mandated Government and Program Compliance

The history of compliance starts in 1965 when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was first passed by Congress and signed into law by President Johnson.

At first, the focus was on access and equity, ensuring every student had access to the same educational opportunities as other students. This focus continued until 2001 when No Child Left Behind was passed. This was a very well intentioned piece of legislation but the focus then shifted to testing, testing and more TESTING. That has been the focus as a country and the educational system from 2001 until the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed in 2015.

In 2015, ESSA was a bipartisan piece of legislation that was designed to shift the focus away from teaching and testing and actually ensuring opportunities for all of America’s students from a broader perspective. The growing consensus is that students are MORE than a score they earn on a standardized test

Now all schools that receive federal funds in the United States are required to comply with ESSA. As part of ESSA, states are required to incorporate a non-academic indicator as part of their state accountability plan. Many states are using community service as part of their non-academic indicators, so community service is becoming a compliance issue in some states. And research shows that 93% of programs are still tracked with paper and pencil or on spreadsheets. There is clearly a problem and this is definitely something a software system can solve.

Transeo’s Community Service Tracking Software will help districts comply with ESSA in four main ways.

  1. Transeo software makes community service verification, logging and report generation easy and intuitive for both the students and counselors.
  2. The accurate, real-time data automates the production of district compliance reports that can be uploaded to state agencies seamlessly.
  3. Transeo enhances the validity and authenticity of data for superintendents and also eliminates the cumbersome time-consuming, paper-based processes (eliminating the risk of error in reporting)
  4. With SIS integration, the reports are automatically updated daily to reflect any changes in your student enrollment status. With a push of a button, Transeo can generate reports to be uploaded to state agencies by student, school and/or at the district level.

 

Watch this Short Educational Webcast to Learn More About ESSA Compliance and How Transeo Serve Helps

Summary

 

Transeo has automated collection, verification and quantification of data by creating a community service reporting system. By having those things in place, Transeo enhances the validity and authenticity of data by eliminating the time-consuming, paper-based processes within 93% of schools today. Transeo enhances the likelihood of schools sending valid data to state agencies and providing accurate information to share with parents and students. Counselors, students, club sponsors and administration can now focus their time on quality experiences for the student within their communities.

About Transeo Serve

Transeo Serve is an affordable, cloud-based and mobile-first software that allows you to track, manage and report on your community service program.

The team at Transeo Serve believes in the future where students are defined through determination, resilience and hard work. The future starts with the student and tools like the Transeo Serve Community Service Tracking App. A community service tracking app can help track and manage students community service to help them unlock their potential and transform their community.

Transeo Serve provides multiple advantages to any district and/or specific school’s community service program by:

 

  • Helping to move districts from a focus on managing an informal paper system to focusing on students and quality experiences.
  • Shifting the focus of your counselors and students from spending countless hours producing individualized reports to instantly producing customized reports for different students, clubs and sponsors across your organization.
  • Taking your community from very little awareness of what community service means to a high level of student excitement and understanding of community service goals and the impact on the community.
  • Finally we can move from limited information on the economic impact of the service your students perform to a clear statement on the value of your community service program.

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Community service programs are a great way for students to build a connection to their communities. These programs increase graduation rates by as much as 22% and are now becoming mainstream in many states as part of ESSA compliance. BUT, over 93% of programs are still tracking their community service programs with pencil and paper or on spreadsheets.

This manual process limits the power and quality of a community service program. It also adds significant time and expense for counselors and other personnel within a school to manage the program.  This process can also create unwanted friction between parents, students, counselors and activity sponsors. In addition, there is very little visibility for senior administrators who are forced to monitor these programs from 10,000 feet.   And no one sees the real results until the numbers are calculated.  This limits everyone’s ability to impact the program until it is too late.

All of these challenges can be erased and minimized with a simple, intuitive community service software. Transeo is an educational technology software that streamlines and automates the collection, verification and reports process. Here are some of the ways a software  and access to data can modernize and improve YOUR community service program.

  • Students can find opportunities that match their interests easily on their mobile device or on the web. And then they can register for these opportunities.
  • Students can manage their own logging and verification online. This reporting and verification process is super intuitive and easy for students and counselors. No more lost papers, friction between students and administrators or frustrating phone calls from parents.
  • There will be no need for administrators or counselors to use paper and pencil. This software will allow staff real-time access to hours completed, provide full transparency for the students and guardians and prevent time lost over calculating data.
  • Software allows the counselor and student to set specific goals. A software then provides dashboards and creates customized reports to provide counselors and students clear visibility on how a student is performing against their goals.
  • With the help of the software, school administrators and students can produce customized reports for college and scholarship opportunities. This will help the counselor (help the student) in finding post-secondary educational options and opportunities.
  • School personnel will be able to write more powerful letters of recommendation about how a student has engaged with volunteering and the impact they had on their community.
  • Activity sponsors or club leaders can also set, track and measure club goals. And administrators can set class goals and/or school goals.
  • All of these dashboards and reports create transparency so everyone can see where you are and what (if necessary) you need to do to achieve those goals. This will help the school district make better and more strategic decisions on how to support programs in real-time and inform strategic decisions on how to improve different programs in the future.
  • Transeo also helps with compliance issues and automates the compliance process with seamless SIS (student information system) integration regardless of whether a school district or club is submitting for state or federal funding.
  • All stakeholders are held mutually accountable with the ability to access real-time data.

 

Transeo’s CEO and Former Principal and a Blue Ribbon School  Award Winner Discusses the Power of Transeo Serve for School Administrators

 

 

 

Summary

Transeo gives administrators, counselors, parents and students real-time transparency to prevent the time and friction of managing data.  It reduces the time spent calculating data to produce customized reports for all your stakeholders including state compliance. And most importantly it allows your staff and administration to focus on delivering quality experiences for students.

Transeo Serve provides multiple advantages to any district and/or specific school’s community service program by:

  • Helping to move districts from a focus on managing an informal paper system to focusing on students and quality experiences.
  • Shifting the focus of your counselors and students from spending countless hours producing individualized reports to instantly producing customized reports for different students, clubs and sponsors across your organization.
  • Taking your community from very little awareness of what community service means to a high level of student excitement and understanding of community service goals and the impact on the community.
  • Finally we can increase the limited information on economic impact of the value of your community service program to a wealth of data touting education’s impact on your local community.

Contact us for a custom demo to learn more about how TranseoServ may help you to quickly modernize a community service program.

 

 

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What is the Impact of Tracking Service Hours Software- For your Students, Parents, Administrators and Counselors?

Community Service Programs in school districts have grown in scope over the last several years, especially as the ESSA legislation requires a non-academic indicator of success. There are now requirements for service in four states and 14 other states are now making service an option for earning credit.

Community service continues to be incredibly powerful for students and communities. Students who participate in community service programs are 22% more likely to graduate college and 25% of students return to their communities after having engaged in service. There are also special recognitions granted at graduation and college and scholarship opportunities all related to community service. So, community service is an extremely powerful and critical way to transform individuals, schools and communities in addition to helping students find future success professionally and with college placement.

At Transeo, we believe community service programs can become more powerful. Currently,  93% of service programs are still tracked with paper and pencil or spreadsheets, making it difficult for students to find opportunities. With pencil and paper, there is a significant amount of time spent by counselors to track and manage service participation, which can cause friction between students, parents and administrators.

Transeo Serve helps create a paperless world for school districts by being cloud-based and mobile first. It helps students and administrators find, track and log community service events and then manage, quantify and report them. A tool like this can automate the process from start to finish and can immediately transform and enhance your community service programs.  The rest of this short article touches on a few of the ways software will impact your program.

Improve the Quality and Results for your Students

How does Transeo Serve empower the student? Our software migrates community service program management into the digital world (that the student is accustomed to) by being mobile first and mobile responsive. The software creates a one-stop-shop for students to identify and register for service events. It generates a sense of excitement and increases motivation especially when teams are competing with one another for most hours completed. It allows students to see progress toward short-term and long-term goals. And it gives them visibility on the progress of larger goals, such as working toward membership in the National Honor Society, applying for certain scholarships or applying for college acceptance. Transeo makes logging and verifying very easy and it can produce custom reports for those scholarship and college opportunities.

Increase the Focus of Counselors on Quality Experience and Not Management

Current Assistant Superintendent and Former Award Winning Guidance Counselor Dustin Seemann Explains How A Community Service Software Improved His Programs  and Quality of Life in Both Roles

 

Assistant Superintendant discusses the Impact of Tracking Service Hours Software

sOne of the biggest benefits is how the software can empower counselors in the schools. Transeo eliminates cumbersome and time-consuming, paper-based processes, which makes community service verification, logging and report generation very simple. The software removes the back-and-forth dialogue between the counselor and the agency working on logistics (finding times to meet or finding open opportunities). Customized reports can be generated with insights for every individual student in the system. Counselors can now maximize their time and focus on what they are truly trained for – fostering strong relationships with students and making sure that service activities are of high quality. The old song and dance “Really, I turned it in…You must have lost it…” that counselors struggle with on a daily basis will be eliminated!

Improve Club Results

Transeo Serve also improves the quality of life for club advisors, who are often as busy as the counselors managing various duties or managing their specific volunteer programs along with all their other responsibilities. The software itself provides an easy and effective way to create service events which allows the advisors not to get bogged down with administrative tasks. The advisors can stay motivated and productive and continue to impact their club or activity.

About Transeo

Transeo was founded by educators and for educators because community service not only increases the future chance of success for students, but it also fosters active citizenship, empowers individuals and builds communities.

Transeo Serve provides multiple advantages to any district and/or specific school’s community service program by:

  • Helping to move districts from a focus on managing an informal paper system to focusing on students and quality experiences.
  • Shifting the focus of your counselors and students from spending countless hours producing individualized reports to instantly producing customized reports for different students, clubs and sponsors across your organization.
  • Taking your community from very little awareness of what community service means to a high level of student excitement and an understanding of community service goals and the impact on the community.
  • Finally we can move from limited information on the economic impact of the service your students perform to a clear statement on the value of your community service program.

The team at Transeo Serve believes in a future where students are defined through determination, resilience and hard work. The future starts with the student and tools like the Transeo Serve Community Service Tracking Software. This software tracks and manages students’ community service to help them unlock their potential and transform their community. Check out Transeo Serve to help you with your community service programs!

Visit some of the other areas of our site below to learn more about the impact of tracking service hours software.

 

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How Access to Data Can Improve Community Service Programs

Community service continues to be incredibly powerful for students and communities. Students who participate in community service programs are 22% more likely to graduate college and 25% of students return to their communities after having engaged in service.

Community service programs can become more powerful. Currently, 93% of programs are still tracked with paper and pencil or spreadsheets, making it difficult for students to find opportunities. With pencil and paper, there is a significant amount of time and expense for counselors. This process is also error prone which can cause friction between students, parents and administrators. And typically the data is only tracked and aggregated when a counselor or club sponsor has the time. As a result, data is often missing, late and unable to be accessed and quantified until the end of the semester or end of the year. So the data itself is of little value to prevent problems as they are occurring. And in many cases it is very difficult to use that data to celebrate the success of the programs with a larger community. 

A cloud-based software immediately eliminates these issues because it tracks, logs and reports data in multiple ways.  The rest of this article will explain the wins frontline staff have experienced with greater visibility and access to programs.

 

 

Data Helps Schools and Leaders to Improve Programs

With access to dashboards and reporting, administrators and school districts can see threads and themes of what students value when they volunteer. Data helps improve programs by letting staff focus on underperforming areas. The software also provides greater access by giving students more community service opportunities.  The end result is that students explore the path is most meaningful for them.

Co-Founder and Superintendent of the Year Discusses some of the Additional Advantages Visibility Provides for Senior Administrators

Data Provides Transparency for Easier Management

Live data capabilities provide more transparency. As an assistant superintendent or school counselor, it is extremely critical to have the live data to see exactly where students are most active, what opportunities are driving the most engagement, what they have participated in or if they have not participated in any opportunities. The software allows administrators to have serious conversations with parents, students, and school board members about what the students are doing, what they plan to do in the future and what the students are lacking in terms of community service requirements. The live data really tells the story of how schools and school districts are working toward goals and total number of community service hours.

Data Increases Accountability

One of the things that is really unique to Transeo is that the software allows assistant superintendents to hold all stakeholders accountable throughout a district. Administrators will ALWAYS be able to see where their students are hitting goals. More importantly they can also see where students are falling short. Data that is accessible allows the counselor to hold themselves and students accountable. This accountability also moves upstream. From the top down, school districts are able to hold counselors, student community service departments, clubs, sports and activity sponsors responsible OR they can also celebrate those who have done an amazing job in their community, especially if they weren’t celebrated in the past.

 Southern California Assistant Superintendent and Former Counselor of the Year Explains the Benefits and Lift of Increased Accountability

Data Helps to Increase Awareness

Now that this type of data is at the fingertips of school district administrators, they can now share this information in board meetings. They can celebrate groups like the National Honor Society. Or, they can celebrate a student who meets their 150 hour requirement. At the highest level, this tool can also be a celebratory piece to produce hard numbers for the news media or to help a school’s brand within the community. And then on the front lines, the live data will help administrators or counselors to recognize those efforts by students who may have previously missed their goal because it was all done on paper previously. This builds even more momentum for the overall success of your program.

Chicago Area Director of Strategic Communication Highlights the Benefits of Data Driven Communication for Your District and Administration

How Dat Can Improve Community Service Programs with Help of Media Directors

About Transeo Serve

Transeo Serve is an affordable, cloud-based and mobile-first software that allows you to track, manage and report on your community service program.

The team at Transeo Serve believes in a future where students are defined through determination, resilience and hard work. The future starts with the student and tools like the Transeo Serve Community Service Tracking Software. This software can help track and manage students community service experiences to help them unlock their potential and transform their community.

Transeo Serve provides multiple advantages to any district and/or specific school’s community service program by:

  • Helping to move districts from a focus on managing an informal paper system to focusing on students and quality experiences.
  • Shifting the focus of your counselors and students from spending countless hours producing individualized reports to instantly producing customized reports for different students, clubs and sponsors across your organization.
  • Taking your community from very little awareness of what community service means to a high level of student excitement and understanding of community service goals and the impact on the community.
  • Finally we can move from limited information on the economic impact of the service your students perform to a clear statement on the value of your community service program.

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Community Service Tracking Software for Students has multiple benefits

 

Community Service is incredibly powerful for students and communities. We all know students who participate in meaningful service programs are 22% more likely to graduate college and 25% of students return to their communities after participating in engaging and meaningful community service. 

 

Participating in community service also provides a variety of opportunities for students, such as  special recognition at graduation, college acceptance and scholarships.

 

So, community service is an extremely powerful way to transform students, schools and communities!

 

Community service programs can become even better. Currently, 93% of programs are still tracked with paper and pencil or spreadsheets, which makes it difficult for students to find opportunities. With pencil and paper, there is also a significant amount of time spent by students logging and tracking their service.  And then there is even more time and expense for counselors managing this process. When service is not completed, logged and tracked on time, friction between students, parents and administrators can arise.

 

A software solution may be all it takes to help students, parents and administrators increase the quality of the community service.   The rest of this short article and videos below will discuss some of the advantages of a community service software for students specifically.

 

Benefits of Community Service Tracking Software for Students, Parents and Sponsors  

 

Easier Adoption

Up until now, community service requirements were managed by most students with a combination of spreadsheets, pencil and paper. Students (and even parents) now spend the majority of their time on their phones.  A software that is mobile-enabled immediately modernizes your program and brings the management of the program into an environment that makes it easier for students to adopt.  

 

Faster Engagement

Software makes opportunities easier to find.  This allows students to filter through opportunities that are available through their school or externally on their mobile devices and laptops. Transeo gives students the ability to match their interests to the community faster and wherever they are.

 

Real Time Logging and Tracking

Transeo is impactful for students because it allows them to keep a service transcript that documents the service experiences that they have completed, along with whether or not they have been verified or rejected by the school. Students will see a “REAL-TIME” overview of their hours and determine if they are meeting their goals or not for graduation or any other requirement.

 

Digital Verification

With verification done through the system, students and sponsors reduce the paperwork, time and expense of tracking down signatures and remembering to turn in the paperwork.  Friction with students, parents and counselors with lost paperwork and missed deadlines evaporates.

 

Control and Leverage of Data

Students now have control over their data. Transeo allows them to take all of their community service impact metrics and use them for things like college applications and scholarships.

 

Watch this FAQ Video with our CTO for More Background on Why Software is So Powerful for Your Students

 

About Transeo Serve

Transeo was founded by educators and for educators because community service programs not only increase students’ future chances of success, but it also fosters active citizenship, empowers individuals and builds communities.

 

Why Was Transeo Founded Video – President Dave Schuler

 

The team at Transeo Serve believes in a future where students are defined through determination, resilience and hard work. The future starts with the student and tools like the Transeo Serve Community Service Tracking Software, This community service tracking software can help track and manage students community service to help them unlock their potential and transform their community.

 

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