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Education, K-12, News, Opinion, Uncategorized

How to Measure and Achieve Equity in Education in Wisconsin

At long last, we have witnessed an increased emphasis and investment in achieving equity in education in Wisconsin. But how do we measure whether our intentions are resulting in desired outcomes, and that equity gains are truly equitable from school to school and district to district?

Wisconsin Act 89 has made things both easier and more challenging. As educators everywhere place an increasing focus and emphasis on achieving equity and equality in education—working to address historical inequities and increase opportunities for all students—a new challenge has emerged to present an even greater hurdle: not knowing what we don’t know. This is especially critical as stakeholders work together to specifically address the equity piece of equity and equality, as equity should be regarded as a destination, or something demonstrably achievable, as opposed to a mere goal of ambiguous “improvement.”

Fiscal Health, Municipal, News, Press Releases

Introducing: Neighborhood Intel Block Analyzer

Munetrix’s Latest Suite of Apps Now Live for Premium Users

Munetrix recently announced the launch of its latest product suite: Neighborhood Intel: planning, analytics and reporting software for governments and public-sector partners.

The exciting new feature currently being rolled out to Premium subscribers is the Munetrix Neighborhood Intel Block Analyzer. This newly launched app aggregates, streamlines, desegregates and intuitively presents a holistic view of every community in the state—down to the census block level. 

Premium subscribers will see this new feature made live in the coming days, if they don’t already have access. If you would like a demo of the product’s capabilities, please reach out to your customer service representative.

Transparency users of Munetrix can access this powerful tool by upgrading to the Premium level. Contact sales@munetrix.com to learn more. If you are unsure whether you are a Premium or Transparent subscriber, contact us and we would be happy to look into it for you.

The Block Analyzer tool is also available to those who aren’t yet Munetrix users. Contact us to request a demo or to schedule a consultation.

City planners and economic developers have been using the Neighborhood Intel Block Analyzer for years to:

  • Aggregate, streamline, desegregate and intuitively present a holistic view of every census block level in a community.
  • Analyze adjacencies in block groups to understand trends and identify opportunities to positively impact the community.
  • Identify where underserved populations exist to better plan for future growth and prosperity.
  • View trends and dynamics in real time via time series analysis.
  • Make better-informed decisions, more quickly, to improve and sustain the health of the community.

Look for Neighborhood Intel Block Analyzer to go live in your system soon. If you aren’t finding it, contact us to determine when you will see the upgrade!

Two Important Tools to Look Out For:

  1. Watch the replay of our recent, WEBINAR: How to Battle Inflation with Better Budgeting. This webinar focused on how inflation may impact your school district or municipality budget, featuring David Zin Chief Economist for the Senate Fiscal Agency, and Buzz Brown CEO of Munetrix. They each shared their insights on how the current rising inflation may impact the fiscal health of your school districts and municipalities. Also learn how different budgeting tools and techniques can help reduce fiscal stress across your organization.
  2. Save the date! December 1st, CVTRS/CIP: This will be here before you know it. It’s not too early to update your Debt schedule and other documents needed to process your CVTRS/CIP this fall. Details and registration information coming soon! Learn more about the CVTRS and CIP obligations and process here.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these announcements and resources, or contact us if you would like more information and a personal demo of the Neighborhood Intel Block Analyzer too.

Education, Fiscal Health, K-12, News

How to Remove Uncertainty, Headaches and Human Error from School Finance Administration

The Munetrix Financial Module helps districts increase transparency on fiscal, operations, safety, and other compliance reporting with their community. The Financial Module also provides districts with tools that make managing and reporting on capital improvement projects, benchmarking/peer analysis, debt obligations, check expenditures, budgeting, forecasting and scenario building – EASY!

Municipal, News, Press Releases

Dynamo Metrics Joins the Munetrix Family

It is with great enthusiasm that we share with you the exciting news that Dynamo Metrics, a leading provider of planning and analytics software for government and public sector entities, is joining the Munetrix family! While this announcement will have no immediate impact on our existing relationships with clients, vendors and others, we are extremely optimistic about what this means relative to our ability to better serve municipal governments going forward, with more solutions, deeper resources, and broader expertise.

What brings us so much optimism about Dynamo Metrics joining Munetrix is that Dynamo Metrics provides a distinct but complementary solution set and domain expertise that will only enhance what we are able to offer the communities we serve. Founded in 2014, Dynamo Metrics shares our mission of making data-driven governance easy, so communities can better communicate with their constituents, delivering a culture of community through trust, transparency and compliance.

Co-Founders Nigel Griswold and Ben Calnin, who are joining our management team, founded the company on the premise that better data drives better decision making. For nearly a decade, they’ve been working with local governments to deliver metrics, insights, and reports that help demonstrate impact, increase collaboration, and support strategic decision making. To learn more about the company and its team, please visit www.dynamometrics.com.

Buzz Brown, CEO of Munetrix, commented: “We appreciate the value Dynamo Metrics and their team brings to the Munetrix family. We see tremendous opportunities to create unique insights for customers using the robust property-level Dynamo Metrics solution. Together we will help leaders improve communities through neighborhood revitalization and other programs using comprehensive, easily digestible data and tools that help to analyze where to make investments that will be most rewarding.”  

Nigel Griswold and Ben Calnin, co-founders of Dynamo Metrics, added:  “Partnering with Munetrix will allow us to accelerate the growth of Dynamo Metrics and better serve our customers, through a broader platform and enhanced resources and investment.”

Dynamo Metrics provides software that delivers insights about neighborhood health that helps municipalities target, maximize and communicate the impact their work has on the community, down to the parcel level, adding a more granular level of specificity to the data and insights Munetrix has been delivering for more than a decade.

We will be sure to keep you updated as exciting developments emerge, such as new products and services or additional data and integrations that will be available to you and your peers going forward.

Education, K-12, News, Press Releases

Munetrix Named 2022 CODiE Award Finalist in Three Catgories

Solution for Schools Named Finalist in Categories for Administration, Data Management, and Education

We are proud to announce that the Munetrix School Edition was named a 2022 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in three categories: Best Administrative Solution, Best Data Management Solution, and Best Emerging Education Technology Solution for Administrators. CODiE finalists represent the best products, services and people in the education and business technology industries.

The Munetrix School Enterprise Edition is a comprehensive, all-in-one solution for school districts looking to create a district-wide culture of community through trust, teamwork and transparency. From financials, human resources and business processes to educator evaluations and student progress reporting, the Munetrix Enterprise Edition features easy-to-adopt and easy-to-use modules that facilitate simpler and more robust forecasting, planning and performance management. The product is a comprehensive suite of powerful, interdependent solutions that takes multi-level, complex data sets and makes them simple to understand, report and act upon, including: achievement and growth data, student reporting, needs assessment, educator evaluation, and progress monitoring, as well as financial budgeting, forecasting and modeling.

The SIIA CODiE Awards, the long-running, premier awards program for the software and information industries are produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software, education, media and digital content industries. Munetrix was picked as a finalist across 47 education technology categories, including new categories in education and leadership.

“The 2022 CODiE Award finalists highlight the products and people who drove their industries forward through innovative products and leadership in these uncertain times,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “These honorees continue the proud tradition of CODiE Award finalists of recognizing the most impactful products, services and leaders of their time, setting a foundation for the next generation of innovators. Congratulations to all who received this well-earned acknowledgment.”

Accolades and Gratitude

Judge feedback included statements such as, “The sheer volume of data that can be used in a district’s customized application of Munetrix is astounding!,” “The Munetrix platform, specifically the Financial Module is impressive…very easy to navigate and esthetically pleasing, and is very robust in the amount of features and functionality it can provide,” and, “Overall, the Munetrix School Enterprise Edition features some incredible opportunities for sharing and disseminating information among stakeholders at an educational institution.”

Munetrix CEO Buzz Brown said, “We’ve worked hard as a company and in collaboration with educators and administrators to make our school product as robust and intuitive as possible. This year, we made significant enhancements to the Financial Module, complementing the feature-rich Academic Module that we relaunched the year prior. This recognition of our industry peers by such a prestigious organization is most welcome, but hard-earned.”

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The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-recognized awards program. Finalists are determined by industry experts. CODiE Award winners will be announced during the virtual winner announcement celebrations June 8 and June 9, 2022.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://siia.net/codie/codie-finalists/.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 450 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing companies. Our diverse members provide the critical data, content, and information that drives the global economy, informs financial networks, connects learners and educators, and drives innovation. Learn more at siia.net.

Education, K-12, News

Continuous Improvement Planning and Reporting for Schools in Michigan

The Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process and Reporting for Schools in Michigan (MICIP) is “a pathway for districts to improve student outcomes by assessing whole child needs to develop plans and coordinate funding,” according to the Michigan Department of Education.

The Progress Monitoring app from Munetrix supports school districts in Michigan and other states nationwide in implementing the state-required K-12 Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Munetrix Project Tracker MTSS workflow templates empower district leadership to manage the MDE MTSS requirements and upload key documentation in one online storage space to build institutional knowledge and horizontal succession planning.

Prioritizing continuous improvement planning and reporting for schools in Michigan, the Munetrix Academic Module enables administrators to easily manage and track facilitation of MTSS programing, implementation and communication across the school or district with pre-built templates for MTSS program administration, data meetings, and management of their teams. Learn more about the Academic Module’s solutions for continuous improvement planning and reporting for schools in Michigan by clicking here.

The Academic Module’s Solutions for Continuous Improvement Planning and Reporting for Schools in Michigan

Another feature in the product suite—the Needs Assessment app—supports horizontal succession planning and maintains institutional knowledge in one comprehensive platform. Users can easily set filters to evaluate the district and individual school building data over multiple years to make comparisons and assess changes, allowing administrators to effortlessly identify student achievement gaps and trends across multiple assessments for the district, school and subgroups to identify areas of need to target continuous improvement strategies.

Academic performance analytics solutions for schools in Michigan include software modules for student achievement data, progress monitoring and MTSS, educator evaluations, student needs assessments, student reporting data, student migration and enrollment trends, and much more!

Want to learn more? Contact us to schedule a personal tour of Munetrix’s solutions for continuous improvement planning and reporting for schools in Michigan today!

Education, K-12, News, Press Releases

Munetrix Named Finalist for Four EdTech Awards

EdTech Digest Recognizes Munetrix in All Nominated Categories

Munetrix is proud to announce that our Munetrix Enterprise Edition for Schools product suite was named a finalist in all four categories for which it was nominated in the 2022 EdTech Awards presented by EdTech Digest. The product was named finalist in the following categories:

  • Best Administrative Solution
  • Best Collaboration Solution
  • Best District Data Solution
  • Best New Product or Service

Finalists and winners for The EdTech Awards 2022 were recently announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. Celebrating its 12th year, the U.S.-based program is the world’s largest recognition program for education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech—and those who soon will be, according to a press release issued by the sponsoring organization.

Finalists and winners for The EdTech Awards 2022 were recently announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. Celebrating its 12th year, the U.S.-based program is the world’s largest recognition program for education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech—and those who soon will be, according to a press release issued by the sponsoring organization.

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The EdTech Awards recognizes people for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders and innovative trendsetters across the K-12, Higher Education, and Skills and Workforce sectors.

“We have put a tremendous amount of work and innovation into our suite of solutions for educators and school administrators,” said Buzz Brown, CEO of Munetrix. “These recognitions are fine testaments to the outcome of that diligence and welcome recognition for the product’s versatility and universal appeal to both educators and administrators in districts all across the country.”

“As events unfold on the world stage that seem to inch ever closer to a precipice unknown, we are reminded that the leaders and innovators of education technology have always worked on the edge,” said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the program.

“The future-focused work they do is inspired by the infinite potential of all people to learn and thrive. It’s pushed forward by the human spirit. It’s the light that even through the darkest times always shines through,” Rivero said.

About the EdTech Awards

The EdTech Awards were established in 2010 to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology. This year’s finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including: pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential. 

Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest Victor Rivero said:  “To the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in K-12, higher education, and workforce learning who continue connecting, producing and persisting despite all challenges—a hearty hat-tip and a grand salute!”

The complete list of winners and finalists can be found on the EdTech Awards website here.

To learn more about Munetrix’s complete suite of products for school districts, click here.

K-12, News, Press Releases

Munetrix Offers Free Budget Allocation Comparison Report to School Districts in Budgeting Season

As we enter budgeting season, finance directors, superintendents and other administrators are facing dilemmas and difficult decisions.

The problem we see is many administrators are forced to make difficult decisions with limited data and incomplete information.

To help facilitate and illustrate a more robust methodology for finance directors, we are, for a limited, time offering a free report to any school district that wants to see how their budget allocations compare to those of all districts in their regions.

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