White Papers

Although white papers have long been restricted to monstrous position papers published by universities and Fortune 500 corporations, we’ve given the concept a hip, contemporary look and feel. Accessible, interesting, and easy to digest — these white papers help our clients share their important ideas in a pleasing format. Change is good.

Crews Control On: The Shifting Video Industry

By Andrea Keating
Founder and CEO, Crews Control
March 2012

Technology changes very quickly in the world of digital cinema and video. High- definition (HD) video is progressively replacing standard definition (SD) video in professional applications, and hard-disk recording formats are replacing tape formats.

The initial change from analog to digital video was driven by the savings in time and money when Sony first introduced the Digital Betacam (DigiBeta) camera format in the mid-1990s. The current change from tape to hard-disk recording was driven by the same cost savings both in time and also equipment savings since multiple playback decks are no longer needed for in-house edit systems.

And now, with the introduction of a variety of tapeless cameras, the digital tapeless camera is becoming the standard.

At Crews Control, we have collected statistical data on the increase of tapeless formats where the deliverable is a hard drive—and found that from January 2009 to December 2011, the use of tape-based camera formats has steadily decreased—by 36 percent.

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FCPS White Paper: INSIDE Instructional Services Department — Best Practices, Winter 2008

Newsletter by Hope Katz Gibbs with Peter Noonan
Design by Michael Gibbs
Fairfax County Public Schools

Click here to read the entire Winter issue of INSIDE

“We stand at a unique point in the history of U.S. education — a point which the potential for truly meaningful school reform greater than it ever has been,” write educators Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock in their classic textbook, A Handbook for Classroom Instruction that Works.

Their research has been synthesized in the 378-page book, including the nine
categories of useful instructional strategies proven to improve student achievement:

1. Identifying similarities/differences
2. Summarizing and note taking
3. Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
4. Homework and practice
5. Representing knowledge
6. Learning groups
7. Setting objectives, providing feedback
8. Generating, testing hypotheses
9. Cues, questions, advance organizers

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White Paper: How to Master Behavioral Interviews

Download Sharon Armstrong’s white paper: 100 Best Behavioral Interview Questions

Washington DC, January 1, 2009 — Released today is a free gift from HR expert Sharon Armstrong, “100 Best Interview Questions,” a guide that will help job candidates master a tried and true interviewing technique called behavioral interviewing.

“Behavioral interviewing is defined as a technique used by employers that asserts that past performance is the best indicator of future behavior,” Armstrong explains. “More and more employers are using this approach to make solid hiring decisions.”

How can you best present yourself during a behavioral interview — when it really matters? Armstrong admits these 100 questions can be tricky to master. “With the economy in the doldrums, I wanted to give job candidates a leg up on the interviewing process,” says Armstrong, who suggests job seekers practice answering the 100 questions on pages 2-5 of her guide by:

• Thinking of examples when you have cut costs, introduced a new approach, increased productivity, and encouraged teamwork.
• Giving concrete examples of the technical skills and competencies required for the position.
• Responding to answers using the CALL format:
C = Circumstances: What were you tasked with doing and why.
A = Actions: Explain what steps you took.
LL = Lasting Legacy: Explain the result you achieved.

“Potential employers aren’t trying to trick candidates,” Armstrong assures. “They just want to be sure to match the right person with the right job. These questions help them see inside an applicant and in the end this process assures everyone wins.”

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White Paper: INSIDE ISD, Fall 2008 [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Newsletter by Hope Katz Gibbs with Peter Noonan
Design by Michael Gibbs
Fairfax County Public Schools

Click here to read the entire Fall issue of INSIDE

“When it comes to maximizing student performance, concepts like data-driven instruction are often bandied about in education circles as the ‘new thing,’ writes Fairfax County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Peter Noonan in the Fall 2008 issue of INSIDE, a quarterly newsletter for his Instructional Services Division. “This suggests that perhaps the idea isn’t sound, or it will likely go out of favor when another educational fad becomes more popular.”

Nonetheless, he adds, he has long been a proponent of this concept, and knows that with technological tools such as eCART principals and educators can successfully use data to help all students master the curriculum. “A tool like eCART helps educators thoroughly and concretely understand where students stand in the core subjects so they can intervene in the areas where kids are struggling, and enhance learning opportunities in the areas that they have already mastered,” he explains.

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White Paper: INSIDE ISD, Summer 2008 [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Newsletter by Hope Katz Gibbs with Peter Noonan
Design by Michael Gibbs
Fairfax County Public Schools

Read this issue of INSIDE

This newsletter is a quarterly publication for Peter Noonan, assistant superintendent of instructional services at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Its mission is to share thoughts and ideas about curriculum and assessment that are fundamental to the work that principals and teachers are doing to improve student achievement.

This first issue, entitled “Staying Ahead of the Curve,” was published in the summer of 2008. It focused on how three FCPS principals adopted strategies from the cutting-edge book on assessment (by the same name) edited by education expert Douglas Reeves.

“The 268-page hardback, published last year by Solution Tree, features essays by a dozen authors who I consider to be the greatest minds in assessment,” says Noonan, who selected three chapters to have his principals focus on.

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