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Resource Bank



Fraud Prevention
A doctoral dissertation that studied embezzlement-prevention measures in Texas school districts found widely varying procedures in place.

The research of management practices, conducted by Gordon Douglas Taylor at University of North Texas, identified the most common problems involved credit cards, personnel evaluations and password access to multiple computer finance record-keeping systems concentrated in a single employee.

Taylor said internal auditors and internal audit committees were few. Ethics training for business office personnel existed but with little consistent application across districts. The adoption of a code of ethics for business office personnel was rare.

Copies of “Actions Taken by Texas School Districts to Prevent Fraud” can be ordered from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or info@proquest.com.


Green Classrooms
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has launched the Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program, an online course and evaluation to educate school staff and parents on improving current instructional environments.

The program shows how to identify features that support or impede environmentally healthy classrooms.

For more information, visit www.center forgreenschools.org/greenclassroom.

School Culture
The New Teacher Project has released a new report on the effects of school culture on teacher retention and student achievement.

“Greenhouse Schools: How Schools Can Build Cultures Where Teachers and Students Thrive” is based on a survey of 4,800 teachers in almost 250 high-need schools that asked what kind of school culture will best enable teacher retention and how such culture can be attained.

The full report is available for download at http://tntp.org/ideas-and-innovations/view/greenhouse-schools.

Learning Supports
The Center for Program and Policy Analysis and Mental Health in Schools at UCLA has released a new policy report, “Rethinking District Budgets to Unify and Sustain a Critical Mass of Student and Learning Supports at Schools.”

The report highlights ways to encourage cost-effective unification of student and learning supports while reducing redundancy and counterproductive competition for limited resources.

Full text is available at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/financebudget.pdf.

Behavior Resources
New guidance from the Center for Program and Policy Analysis and Mental Health in Schools at UCLA relates to student achievement, dropout reduction and teacher retention. Also included is a list of resources.

The center’s brief, “Guide to Enhance School Improvement Plans Related to Three Critical Facets for Improving How Schools Address Learning and Behavior Problems,” is available at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/impguide.pdf.



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