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January Roundup: Best of Blogs

Happy New Year! Oh wait, January is already over?!

The beginning of the year has flown by. And we know you were really busy kicking off your New Years’ resolutions and plotting out your calendars. 

So, fear not if you fell behind on some industry reading. We’ve got the best of the best at Vector Solutions neatly compiled right here for you.

Enjoy your first roundup of 2020!

Vector Solutions: 5 Microlearning Trends to Watch in 2020

“Every year, it seems technology is advancing even faster, and with it, our opportunity to increase our potential to learn.

Microlearning, a popular method of learning that consists of short 2-5 minute learning opportunities with a specific learning outcome, has evolved to become a world of its own, and thanks to the evolution of tech like AI, AR and VR, the possibilities for creating a deeper impact for learners with microlearning are greater than ever.

“Let’s take a look at five trends to look for in microlearning as we move forward into 2020.” 

TargetSolutions: Top 20 Courses to Reduce Liability in 2020

“Going into 2020, agencies are looking for solutions to help mitigate risk and reduce costly claims. This is more important now than ever as the last couple of years have been expensive for companies across the United States.

“Liability concerns, such as workplace injuries, cost U.S. companies over $1 billion weekly in 2019 and if trends found by Business Insurance continue, the average total costs of risk for businesses (TCOR) is on the rise – seeing a 2.1% increase in 2018.

“To help your agency limit your exposure to risk and protect employees, TargetSolutions is highlighting its top 20 courses for reducing liability in 2020.”

SafeSchools: Cherokee School District Keeps Students Safe with Anonymous Tip Reporting

Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is a high performing school system in Metro Atlanta, with 42 schools, 4,800 employees, and 42,200+ students. The district’s top safety priorities this year include a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative focused on student and staff mental health, staff training on key topics like workplace safety, identifying and reporting child abuse, and vaping. CCSD uses both the SafeSchools Training System for staff safety and compliance training and the SafeSchools Alert Anonymous Tip Reporting System to support the district’s safety and security initiatives.

“As texting has grown in popularity, CCSD saw tips to its safety phone line decline. The SafeSchools Alert Tip Reporting System expanded CCSD’s reporting options to meet the needs of today’s digital natives by offering reporting via text, email, phone, web, and a new mobile app. The district has seen the number of safety tips increase dramatically as a result of adopting SafeSchools Alert, and CCSD has been able to address serious incidents, including disciplinary issues, vaping, bullying, student emotional or mental health crises, and even students considering suicide.”

Read more about CCSD’s success with SafeSchools Training and Tip Reporting System.

SafeColleges: How Your Campus Community Can Help You Prevent Serious Safety and Security Incidents

“Places of education are presumed to be safe havens for students, faculty, and staff, a place to learn and to be a part of new experiences.

“However, in today’s reality, campuses and schools have become targeted areas for active assailants – making organizational security complex and critical for Higher Ed and K-12 administrators.

“Through our new partnership with LiveSafe, we can now provide administrators with additional solutions and resources that can help them with their safety initiatives and security risk management on campus.

LiveSafe’s free Sources and Methods: the LiveSafe Guide to Early Warning Threat Detection and Reporting for School Safety and Security Programs White Paper brings the knowledge and insight of experts to education leaders and explains the importance of community-sourced risk reporting in your overall threat assessment process.”

Download the White Paper here.

Exceptional Child: Addressing the Challenges of Dyslexia

“So, what is dyslexia? Most people would define it as ‘making reversals’ or seeing things backwards.’ These answers are actually the two greatest myths about this learning disability. Dyslexia is a useful descriptive term for a specific developmental disorder that adversely affects the ability to read and write. Dyslexia, which translates to ‘difficulty with language,’ is a common problem that can affect people of all IQ levels and walks of life. According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is defined as a ‘specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.”

Read on to learn about Exceptional Child’s two new courses that explore different methods and approaches to addressing the challenges of dyslexia.

Convergence Training: Safety Metrics & Indicators Reconsidered

“The safety world is doing a lot of talk about safety measurement and safety metrics lately. There’s a widespread belief that the reliance on lagging indicators for safety measurement (most especially incident rates) isn’t beneficial. And there’s also a widespread belief that we should be using more leading indicators, even if it’s not always clear which leading indicators to use.

“We sat down with Pam Walaski, who’s recently been studying up and revising her own beliefs on safety measurement, to get a nicely nuanced introduction and some guidance on moving forward when it comes to safety measurement (notice in particular her suggestion to use both lagging and leading indicators but also her different spin on what lagging and leading indicators are, which ones to use, how they should be related to one another, and how they should tie-in to business goals).”

Watch the interview with Pam Walaski here.

IndustrySafe: How to Properly Use Job Safety Observations

“One of the most debated topics in the safety industry is the effectiveness of behavior based safety (BBS) programs. The idea behind BBS programs is to improve workplace safety by correcting employee behavior through job safety observations. However, many skeptics claim these safety observations only play the blame game, and don’t actually improve employee behavior.

“While there are many pros and cons of behavior based safety programs, often times these programs fail because of poor implementation. This article will provide guidance on how to properly use safety observations that result in improvement.”