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18 Nov

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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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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.

27 Jan

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Winter 2016 Release

January 27, 2016 | By | No Comments

Join us for our upcoming webinar!

You’ll love how we’ve improved Epicenter to help you manage your portfolio and performance.

Over the last several months our team has enhanced Epicenter to make it a more powerful tool for you. Join our team on an upcoming webinar to learn about these new features and how they can streamline compliance and improve your organization’s performance.

 

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See your portfolio’s compliance at a glance

Manage compliance faster and easier through the all-new look of Epicenter’s Compliance Center. Our new interactive statistics dashboard allows you to view and quickly access what requirements are due, past due, complete, and pending to help you more effectively manage your portfolio.

 

Save time and hassle searching your calendar

Stay on task and on track with Epicenter’s improved calendar. Our enhanced filters allow you to search your calendar faster, saving you time and hassle when looking for key items about finances, boards, and schools.

Enable narratives with submissions

Capture the information you need by allowing submissions to capture a file, text or both! Our new narrative feature will save time and bring greater clarity and alignment throughout your organization.

Connect school management together efficiently

Stay on track with who is involved in each school’s day-to-day operations through Epicenter’s enhancements. Our new features allow you to connect multiple management organizations to each a school, helping you stay on top of each school’s unique operating structure.

11 Sep

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Back-to-School 2015 Release

September 11, 2015 | By | No Comments

Are You Leveraging the Full Power of Epicenter?

Check out the new features and see how you can put the power of Epicenter to work for your organization.

 

Making Compliance Routine

Whether you’re a school fulfilling compliance requirements or an authorizer overseeing accountability, we’ve made it easier than ever to find the information you need to complete your tasks. Our new dashboards enable you to see-at-a-glance the compliance status of an individual or portfolio of schools. This allows you to quickly identify and address areas in need of your attention to ensure compliance.

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Putting Demographic Information at Your Fingertips

School Demographics Dashboards: Epicenter’s new school demographics dashboards equip you with the information you need about students enrolled in an individual school or your entire portfolio. For example, easy-to-understand charts allow you to view:

  • Enrollment by year and by grade, how long students have attended the school, and which districts students are coming from.
  • Information on student characteristics, including demographic data, how many students qualify for free and/or reduced price lunch, how many students receive special education services, and how many students are English language learners (ELL).

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Measuring Academic and Financial Performance

Epicenter’s Performance Center makes it easy to view the academic and financial performance of a school or compare across a portfolio of schools.

Academics: Easily toggle between years in the academics scatter plot and school view charts to see student growth and achievement over time.

Finance: New financial dashboards, a debt service coverage ratio and information on a school’s cash flow, help monitor for sound fiscal stewardship.

Performance Center also makes it easy to demonstrate your results to stakeholders. Epicenter’s charts and graphs can be downloaded and exported as high-resolution vector files (.csv or .svg) for use in other publications.

Simplifying User and Role Management

Grow your portfolio and manage change with confidence. Epicenter now features one easy-to-use area to manage your groups, users, entities, and submission types. This simplifies the process for adding new schools within a portfolio or managing changes in roles.

Fulfilling Transparency Requirements Made Easy

Demands for transparency are increasing, and Epicenter has been enhanced to meet these new requirements. Epicenter now offers shareable static URLs for documents, and the ability to limit the number of documents displayed on your website. This helps keep required web postings current with ease.

Coordinating and Communicating Efficiently

More easily upload documents and improve communication across your team and with your stakeholders with Epicenter’s enhanced communications functions.

Email alerts for submission notes: Automatically get notified when a note regarding one of your uploads is added to Epicenter. Subscribe to email alerts on other submission notes with the right permissions.

Reuse submissions: Search for an existing document across entities that can still be used or can be referenced when satisfying a requirement.

Spotlight key submissions: Make critical documents easy to access in Board Center, School Center and Document Center. Filter through these documents by their status to see which ones are under review, approved, and rejected.

Upload directly through My Documents: Documents can now be uploaded directly through My Documents, reducing the number of steps needed to complete an upload.

Providing More Options to Upload Data

Now, data can be imported into Epicenter directly through uploading multiple types of files. Financial data can be uploaded from QuickBooks and generic financial import. Epicenter can also display enrollment data from files maintained by your state, generic student files, and manually-entered enrollment numbers.

And there’s more…

  • Document expiration dates can be set when scheduling a compliance requirement.
  • Document expiration notifications inform a user when they try to reuse a past document that has expired.
  • Warning notifications occur when a requirement being scheduled falls on a weekend.
  • New standard fields have been added to collect information on schools and contacts:
    • School Center fields: charter contract effective date, contract maximum enrollment, grade levels per contract, the local school district in which the charter is located, and the regional education service agency in which the charter is located.
    • Contacts fields:  Position/title, spouse/partner’s name, address, ethnicity, highest level of education attained, and employer’s name.

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20 Jan

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Webinar Video: The Value of Epicenter with Jim Goenner

January 20, 2015 | By | No Comments

James N. Goenner, Ph.D., founding team member of Epicenter and founder of the National Charter Schools Institute, talks about the purpose, benefits, and value of this powerful software for educational teams. Created for the January 2015 release webinar audience.

12 Jan

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January 2015 Release

January 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

 

 

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4 New Ways to BOOST Your Productivity with Epicenter:

#1. Enhanced Email Notifications

Stay in sync with your team as submissions are approved and notes are added on your schools and boards.

#2. Improved Task Management 

Now it’s easier to filter tasks in your portfolio and stay on top of what’s important.

#3. More Robust Security

Know your data is even more secure using our 2-step authentication feature.

#4. Academic Dashboards
(Premium Feature)  

At last! A way to track student growth and achievement across your portfolio by school, grade, subject, and more. Quickly connect test data with student information to understand learning trends. Assess performance and easily view, export and print graphs and charts.

26 Aug

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September 2014 Release

August 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Our September release once again expands Epicenter’s frontiers! The program’s new tools help you reach out to the public, engage your board and track your schools more easily than ever.
PublicPosting
Make transparency simple by automatically posting public documents to school websites!
BoardMeetings
Enable board members to download board meeting packets with a single click!
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Access board and board member information more quickly!
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Store key school organizational data more easily!
This release also helps you navigate Epicenter’s inner frontiers. Our exciting new search capabilities allow you to:
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Locate submissions with a new simple search box!
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Search within the text of character-based submissions!
And if you have access to Epicenter through multiple “sponsors” — for example, an authorizer and a management company — you can now search for submissions and compliance requirements across all your Epicenter domains at once! You’ll even see all your tasks in a single list, regardless of sponsor.

With these and other improvements, Epicenter will help you start your school year with momentum. We look forward to your feedback!

Epicenter Clients: Log in here for release notes!

If you’re not yet part of the Epicenter community, call us toll-free at 1-855-889-1623, and we’ll bring you on board!

Sales: 1-855-889-1623 | Support: 1-855-889-1624

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14 Aug

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September 2014 Release

August 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

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We’re following up the successful introduction of Epicenter 2014 with a new release that will enhance the speed, confidence, and freedom you already enjoy with Epicenter! You’ll now be able to:
PublicPosting
Post documents to the web with one click!
BoardMeetings
See all the Board documents for each meeting!
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See more with your Search!
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Great School Center changes…
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See all of your responsibilities in one place!
This release expands the range of devices, operating systems, and browsers you can use to upload files. Epicenter administrators will also find their reviewer and approver pages even easier to use!
We look forward to your feedback!

Epicenter Clients: Log in here for tutorial videos and complete release notes!

If you’re not yet part of the Epicenter community, call us toll-free at 1-855-889-1623, and we’ll bring you on board!

Call Us Toll-Free! Sales: 1-855-889-1623 | Support: 1-855-889-1624