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Edtech Genome Project

Congratulations to the EdTech Genome Project on the Release of its New Report

By Dr. Amy Jackson | July 22, 2021

Technology has long been recognized as one of the greatest potential change agents in education. And as we reflect upon a year of remote and hybrid learning, there is a…

Students doing a science experiment as part of Shelby County Schools Gifted Program

How Shelby County Schools is Increasing Equity in its Gifted Program

By Krista Delk | July 15, 2021

About Shelby County Schools Shelby County Schools is Tennessee’s largest public school district and is among the 25 largest public school districts in the United States. It serves a very…

An organized classroom of engaged students shows positive classroom management practices

Positive Classroom Management Practices: What We Know So Far About What Works in Any Classroom Setting

By Aggie Craft, Ed.S. | July 8, 2021

This article was co-written with Dr. Amy Jackson   Effective classroom management is essential to successful learning. And while managing a classroom full of students has always presented its challenges,…

Student doing hybrid learning

Hybrid Learning Resources for Moving Forward

By Mike Oswalt, M.Ed. | July 1, 2021

As the school year wraps up and summer learning plans are in full swing for many districts, teams are also beginning to kick off their fall planning processes in preparation…

English Learners (EL) Reclassification Report Example from RJUSD

BI Tool: Meaningful Reports for English Learners (EL) Reclassification & Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) Monitoring

By Franck Reyherme | June 24, 2021

As a report developer, it can be tempting to get caught up in fancy interactive visualizations with drill down and all the bells and whistles.  The longer I do this…

mental health

Supporting Mental Health in Schools: The Value of Dual Perspectives

By Nathaniel von der Embse, Ph.D., NCSP | June 17, 2021

Universal screening to evaluate social-emotional behavior (SEB) functioning is important in determining if students are on track to meet their developmental goals and whether or not they may benefit from…

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Why are Tiered Supports Helpful for All Students?

By Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP | June 10, 2021

Tiered supports are helpful for all students because they provide a framework by which we can provide timely assistance to students, whether or not they have some other identification that…

Westside Community Schools

Westside Community Schools is Improving Intervention and Core Instruction with Assessment Data & PLCs

By Krista Delk | June 3, 2021

About Westside Community Schools Westside District 66’s mission is to ensure academic excellence and serve the unique needs of all learners. The district does this by using student assessment data…

Early Warning Dashboard

Leveraging an Early Warning System within a Data-Driven MTSS

By Franck Reyherme | May 27, 2021

One of the primary goals of Illuminate’s suite of products is to allow educators to spend less time wrangling data and more time on the critical decisions that affect student…

diagnostic assessment

Diagnostic Assessment & the Importance of Alignment

By Jaime Harris, Ed.S., NCSP | May 20, 2021

Diagnostic, or drill-down, assessment is the process of using multiple measures and reports to identify student strengths and needs in specific skill areas. With this information, teachers can provide instruction…

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