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Building a Blueprint Around Formative Assessment

Building a Blueprint Around Formative Assessment

Imagine being on a sports team that’s competing in the Olympics. You belong to a very select group of individuals who are physically capable of excelling in a sport at the highest level. One day, the coach decides to cancel all scrimmages and qualifying events. Instead, she declares: “The only event that really matters is … Continue reading Building a Blueprint Around Formative Assessment

How to Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

How to Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

As some key states are looking to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we decided to feature a guest post to cover important changes around science education. The following post is from Dr. Melissa Backer, the NGSS Project Director at Fluence. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a major transformation for K-12 science education. NGSS was developed … Continue reading How to Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Illuminate Spotlight: Gary Collins (Victor Elementary School District)

Illuminate Spotlight: Gary Collins (Victor Elementary School District)

Meet Gary Collins, a Technology Support Specialist at Victor Elementary School District. His role involves dealing with data and administration surrounding state and local assessments, report card administration, and support for Illuminate users in the district. We asked Gary a few questions to learn about what’s happening in Victorville. What led you to teaching/education? When studying in college, … Continue reading Illuminate Spotlight: Gary Collins (Victor Elementary School District)

A Quick Communication Guide for the NEW California School Dashboard

A Quick Communication Guide for the NEW California School Dashboard

Educators, families and community stakeholders across California: the School Dashboard is finally here! With this, of course, will come plenty of questions and concerns about this new way of looking at performance in our schools and districts. Not to mention, how to make sense of this information now being displayed in a series of reports, with … Continue reading A Quick Communication Guide for the NEW California School Dashboard

Lessons from a Mother & Her Sons About Learning Disabilities

Lessons from a Mother & Her Sons About Learning Disabilities

As we continue our series on serving students with special needs, we’re featuring a post from one of our Illuminators who went through her own personal experience with learning disabilities. Here is Francine Rhoton with her thoughts. When I was initially asked to discuss my experiences concerning children with learning disabilities, I thought, “Okay, I can … Continue reading Lessons from a Mother & Her Sons About Learning Disabilities

How to Use Scheduling to Support Students with Special Needs

How to Use Scheduling to Support Students with Special Needs

In our previous post, we explored the issue of students with disabilities and how to best serve this vulnerable group. The following post provides some insights and ways to support those particular students through scheduling. As educators, we always want to provide our students with the least restrictive learning environment. For many students, the least restrictive environment may … Continue reading How to Use Scheduling to Support Students with Special Needs

An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

Victor Villaseñor is a bestselling author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Rain of Gold; Burro Genius: A Memoir; Wild Steps of Heaven; Thirteen Senses: A Memoir; and Macho! Some of his books have been nominated for awards, and at least one is scheduled to be made into a television mini-series.   Today, Victor lives … Continue reading An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

Back when I was in jail and probation—serving as an assistant principal for a charter school network based within the system—I saw a lot of students from various backgrounds shuffling through. Since I was the AP, referrals were pretty consistent. The reasons were like how the ol’ saying goes, “If I only had a dime … Continue reading Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments

5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments

Formative assessments can make a big difference in the classroom. The evidence proves it. Many studies show that the average effect size of the impact of formative assessment on standardized tests is 0.4 to 0.7. The change in “effect size” is considered as going from moderate to strong. That’s a home run in the world … Continue reading 5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments

Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners

Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners

This year we held our first annual Illuminator of the Year awards ceremony to honor those educators who are using Illuminate to effect significant, positive change for the students we all serve. We featured three finalists in each of our two categories: Educator of the Year and Administrator of the Year. Here we’re spotlighting our winners, Cora Dodge and … Continue reading Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners