Raise your hand if you have touched at least four things today that do not belong to you. Keep your hand up if your toddler touched an additional seventeen things that do not belong to you. What if there were ways to reduce the number of things you and your toddler touch? Would you buy or use them? Read more “Can’t Touch This: No touch/low touch solutions”
Most districts and states have begun working through the logistics of returning to school for faculty, staff, and students. Many lessons were learned over the spring and early summer about how to implement distance education and working from home. However, access and digital security issues remain. Unfortunately, these issues will not be resolved unless we take in the entire landscape of making the digital connection from students to instructors in a virtual environment. Below are some things to consider.
Despite the pandemic’s disruption of normal work life, innovation can still take place. A disruption can often be the catalyst of systemic change. This is because in a disruption, there is a push to quickly fix inefficiencies within the system. The main killer of innovation is often habit. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted businesses and government across the country, but it doesn’t mean your office cannot capitalize on the opportunity for innovation. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, the techniques used to fuel innovation from disruption are still applicable today.
The Good News
There is federal funding for COVID-19 relief (CARES Act) for states. This funding can be used by states in many ways to provide relief.
What happens when someone tests positive for a dangerously contagious disease? Contact tracing is already a daily task for public health departments and organizations nationwide. Nearly 100 infectious diseases are currently tracked. Now, Covid-19 is forcing a rapid expansion of contact tracing capabilities as agencies seek to monitor its spread.
In response to COVID-19, NASPO has created a web directory for resources related to procurement.
This directory, available through the NASPO website, highlights resources both from NASPO and external sources which provide valuable information for state procurement offices during the pandemic. Read more “NASPO Announces COVID-19 Resource Directory”