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November 2016 - Epicenter

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2016 Holiday Release!

November 18, 2016 | By |

Join us for an Upcoming Webinar on the Epicenter 2016 Holiday Release!

Time with those who matter most is a gift. This holiday season, we’re making sure you have more of it. That’s why our team has been hard at work to upgrade Epicenter with new features that keep your schedule in mind. Join our team on an upcoming webinar to learn about these new features and how they can improve efficiency so you have more time to spend with those who matter most—in school and at home—this holiday season.

Edit and Track Document Changes.

Become more self-sufficient and save time calling your Epicenter system administrator with the ability to edit file submissions up until their due date or status change. Also, with the new ability to track compliance revisions using subtypes, you will be able to quickly see the original submission and any revisions made, saving time in having to track down and compare different document versions.

New Submission Storage Capacities.

Returned submissions will be stored indefinitely with Epicenter’s enhanced storage capacities, instead of being deleted after just 30 days. This will provide for a more complete record of all submissions, saving time in knowing the details on previous returned submissions.

Control When You Receive Task Notifications and Reminders.

We know that everyone has different preferences. Epicenter’s enhanced ability to customize user settings put you in control. Each user can now decide how frequently to receive email notifications and reminders for their tasks. This provides the peace of mind that you’ll be reminded of important events in the way that is best for you.

And there’s so much more!

This release contains more than 30 additional features and enhancements that users have requested that save time and increase efficiency. These range from the ability to now set preferred telephone numbers for contacts to a more mobile-friendly look-and-feel to make it easier to use Epicenter on the go. Join us to learn about all of these time-saving tools that free you up to focus on what matters most.

11 Nov

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Present for the Holidays

November 11, 2016 | By |

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Your time is important. And there’s never enough of it. That’s why Epicenter will be upgraded with new features with your schedule in mind. With the ability to edit and track document changes, you’ll be more self-sufficient. New abilities to schedule reoccurring requirements will help you plan more efficiently. New file storage capacities make it easier to find and know why a submission was returned. The ability to control when you receive reminders for tasks will give you peace of mind. And that’s just the beginning.

These upgrades will allow you to spend more time with those who matter most-in school and at home-this holiday season. Join us for an upcoming webinar to see for yourself what a gift these new features will be.

Updates Coming December 10th!
(More information to follow)

10 Nov

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Empowering Diverse Organizations for Greatness

November 10, 2016 | By |

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Though Epicenter is rooted in empowering authorizers and operators with the tools for effective portfolio and performance management, Epicenter’s power can and is now being harnessed by financing and development partners that make it possible for school founders to turn their dreams into reality. These organizations, such as HighMark School Development, have experienced how Epicenter simplifies and brings consistency and clarity to the management of any recurring task or event.  HighMark recently included an article on their usage of Epicenter in their quarterly newsletter.

Facility finance organizations can use Epicenter to easily manage the process of vetting schools, streamline required reporting, manage documents, and maintain data and historical information.  The municipal bond market can use Epicenter to help manage the lifecycle of a typical bond.  With automatic email reminders of what’s due, when it’s due, and who is responsible for upcoming tasks, organizations can eliminate surprises so they can plan ahead and balance their workloads, share information, make key documents readily available, and automate their workflow and reporting.  That way, people and organizations are better prepared for whatever may come their way.

10 Nov

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Did you know?

November 10, 2016 | By |

Did you know that you can quickly view all 2016-2017 compliance requirements by selecting School under a school’s name on the Statistics Dashboard in Compliance Center?

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10 Nov

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Through CARSNet, Epicenter is Assisting Small Authorizers in California

November 10, 2016 | By |

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The Charter Authorizers Regional Support Network (CARSNet) is a project of the Alameda County Office of Education.  CARSNet is funded by a U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program National Leadership Activities Grant, which was awarded in March 2015.

CARSNet has a three-year grant and their mission is to train and support charter authorizers in California that have six or fewer schools.

CARSNet is one and a half years into their grant, and one of the resources they provide their authorizers is Epicenter.  An authorizer must complete a three-day “boot camp” or a “master” class, and once they complete either, they are provided free access to Epicenter until 2019. The boot camp is intense, and it takes participants through the life cycle and legal aspects of a charter school, and demonstrates the skills necessary to be a strong authorizer, including interviewing charter applicants and presenting in front of a board.

“We are excited to give folks who go to our boot camp or master class free access to Epicenter,” said Gail Greely, Director of CARSNet.  “If your job is to monitor two active charter schools, you do not want to be wasting your time sending emails, tracking down a financial report, or working with an Excel spreadsheet to try to understand how a school’s enrollment demographic changed from year to year.  That’s why we included Epicenter.  We want people spending time on what matters—analyzing results, not inputting data.”

By gathering authorizers together and working with them, CARSNet’s long-term goal is to help authorizers make better decisions and promote better schools.  But the immediate challenge is to reach out to authorizers that charter six or fewer schools.  In California, two-thirds of authorizers charter only one or two schools.  The CARSNet grant focuses on reaching out to these small authorizers.

“We are excited to offer Epicenter to our colleagues because we know it will make them more efficient,” Greely said.  “It will be great to see how our authorizers are using Epicenter.”

Gail Greely is the Director of CARSNet.  Previously, she was the Director of the Charter Schools Office within the Alameda County Office of Education, which is a moderate-size authorizer in California.  Before that she was Director of the Charter Schools Office of the Oakland Unified School District for two years.  She was also an elected school board member for eight years in the City of Alameda.  Greely is also an attorney with a background in energy and education.

10 Nov

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Our Upcoming Release Will Help You be Present for the Holidays

November 10, 2016 | By |

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Your time is important. And there’s never enough of it. That’s why Epicenter will be upgraded on December 10th with new features that have your schedule in mind.

With the ability to edit and track document changes, you’ll be more self-sufficient. New abilities to schedule reoccurring requirements will help you plan faster. New file storage capacities makes it easier to find and know why a submission was returned. The ability to control when you receive reminders for tasks will give you peace of mind.

And that’s just the beginning. In total, more than 30 new features will be added to save you time and increase your efficiency.

These upgrades will allow you to spend more time with those who matter most—in school and at home—this holiday season. This will also make it easier to start next year prepared for success.

Join us for an upcoming webinar to see for yourself what a gift these new features will be. Watch your inbox for information on how to register.