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An Equity-Based Approach to Supporting SEB Functioning

By Jaime Harris | October 15, 2020

Educators around the country are working to ensure all students are mentally and emotionally ready to restart learning. In order to do so, it’s important to understand and support social-emotional…

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Policy to Practice: The State of State Assessments

By Dr. Amy Jackson | October 8, 2020

With the widespread school closures in the spring of 2020, every state applied for—and was immediately granted—a waiver for the summative assessments required under the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA).…

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4 Steps for Leading Data Conversations About Equity

By Kristin Rockwell | September 30, 2020

It was in my first special education teaching job that I saw, first-hand, the uphill battle some students have in school. For some students, this uphill battle related to a…

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What is a PLC? A Definition and Resource Roundup

By Martin Yan | September 25, 2020

Educators nationwide are working to first reestablish connections and relationships with students and then help them get back on track with learning. In order to do that, maximizing instruction and collaborating within…

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What Neuroscience Tells Us About Connecting Assessment with Learning

By Dr. Amy Jackson | September 18, 2020

One of the most interesting pieces to me about neuroscience and the research that’s coming out about the brain now is that humans are hardwired for assessment. Assessment can actually…

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How to Use Live Proctoring in Formative Assessment Processes with Remote Learners

By Alina Gonzalez | September 17, 2020

Some of the essential daily questions that classroom teachers ask are, “What do my students know, not know, and need me to do next?” Even in a normal school year,…

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Understanding Different Types of Assessment

By Ashley Klint | September 10, 2020

How Do You Define Assessment?  Assessment refers to varied methods and/or tools that are used to evaluate/certify, measure, monitor, observe, and document learning progress, academic readiness, skill acquisition, or educational…

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Illuminate Summer 2020 Releases: New and Improved Features to Help Educators Accelerate Student Growth This Year

By Bonny Troyer | September 8, 2020

It will be critical this year for educators to have comprehensive and easy-to-use assessment and MTSS management tools to efficiently and effectively accelerate learning and ensure that all students are growing…

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Teaching Beyond Walls: Creative Ideas for Remote Instruction 

By Tiffany Rudolph, M.Ed. | September 4, 2020

I recently attended a virtual conference that was attended by educators in a variety of roles from across the country. In many of the sessions, attendees were asked to candidly…

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Equitable Access Resource Round-Up

By Martin Yan | September 3, 2020

As schools press forward into the academic year, many educators are now more prepared for remote learning. Teachers have used the past couple months to get creative with lesson planning,…

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