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SEL Should Be an Easy Sell for U.S. Schools & Districts

SEL Should Be an Easy Sell for U.S. Schools & Districts

It shouldn’t take another suicide or school shooting to get districts to embrace the power of social-emotional learning. In light of tragic events that have put a recent focus on school safety issues, it’s more important than ever to understand the value of students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). While districts are starting to talk … Continue reading SEL Should Be an Easy Sell for U.S. Schools & Districts

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

The most popular analogy used to describe a data dashboard is a car’s dashboard, which gives instant access to critical information. An automobile dashboard allows the driver to view the various instruments to monitor the many functions of the car and engine. In a car, the instruments will instantly tell you the status of fuel … Continue reading Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

Don’t Confuse Participation and Engagement

Don’t Confuse Participation and Engagement

Presented by James Fleming – Transcription Below Hi. Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard series. My name is James Fleming. I’m a subject matter expert in secondary instruction. And one of the best parts of my job is I get to walk through classrooms at middle schools and high schools looking at really high-quality instruction. I … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Participation and Engagement

Sneak Peek: Release 11.0 Coming June 29th

Sneak Peek: Release 11.0 Coming June 29th

We are excited for our 11.0 summer release coming June 29, 2018. We can’t spill “all” the beans just yet, but here are some hints and sneak peeks at new and updated features you can expect in 11.0! Updated login page (Yay!)   We’ve enhanced and improved the design and navigation of Illuminate 11.0. It’s … Continue reading Sneak Peek: Release 11.0 Coming June 29th

BI Tool: MAP RIT Scores Student/Parent Letter

BI Tool: MAP RIT Scores Student/Parent Letter

Last Month, Bruce Little & Peter Tardif from Denver Public Schools showed off their ACCESS “Can Do” Report. The report is truly an impressive accomplishment that required some serious technical skill and innovation. If you missed it, you can read all about it here. Great work Denver Public Schools! This month, we’re highlighting a simpler, but … Continue reading BI Tool: MAP RIT Scores Student/Parent Letter

Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

Coming on the heels of an approved ESSA plan, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is setting its sights on creating a system of continuous school improvement in the 2018-2019 school year as it rolls out a new accountability framework. In January, the U.S. Department of Education approved the state of Washington’s … Continue reading Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a single school with 150 students to a network that currently serves 36,000 students and plans to grow to 100,000 students by 2022. IDEA has schools in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio, and will open schools in Southern Louisiana and El Paso for the … Continue reading How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Can State Reporting for Schools be Easy?

Can State Reporting for Schools be Easy?

Presented by Rebecca Coleman – Transcription Below Introduction Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. My name is Rebecca Coleman, and I am a Customer Success Manager on the Illuminate Student Information System team. Today, we’re gonna talk about making state reporting a piece of cake. First, we’re gonna take a little brief at why is … Continue reading Can State Reporting for Schools be Easy?

Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?

Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?

The Technology for Education’s Moonshot is Here K-12 education is long overdue for its moonshot, that amazing technological breakthrough—like the actual lunar landing or the recent development of the self-driving car—that will take student learning to the next level and close the achievement and opportunity gaps once and for all. Consider the self-driving car for … Continue reading Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?

California: Moving the Needle on the Achievement Gap

California: Moving the Needle on the Achievement Gap

The state of California has implemented a number measures to close one of the largest and most persistent achievement gaps in the nation, Recently released scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a nationwide test for fourth- and eighth-graders in math and reading given every two years, show that California’s students are still performing below the … Continue reading California: Moving the Needle on the Achievement Gap