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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 2017

By Martin Yan | January 19, 2017

It’s about that time of year… The time when everyone in the Illuminate community—from employees and clients to partners and peers—gathers together in one place to connect, learn, and simply have a good time. Many of you have already registered. Still, there are some of you who are undecided about attending. Is this conference really worth the investment? you might be … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 2017

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

By Mike Oswalt | January 12, 2017

Tall ships are quite a majestic sight to see. Imagine sails being stretched by the invisible wind and the crew actively tending to their posts as if in a well-choreographed dance with each other and the ship. As the seas change from calm to turbulent waves, the crew is able to anticipate the needs for … Continue reading 4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Tips for Teachers: How to Recharge During Winter Break

By Leilani Pedroni | December 15, 2016

Looking back (way back) to when I was a first-year teacher, I should have listened to the advice that veteran teachers gave me coming into the holiday season. Back then, I was a twenty-something single woman with no children—well, except for my 32 seven- and eight-year-olds in my Los Angeles classroom. Essentially, my world revolved … Continue reading Tips for Teachers: How to Recharge During Winter Break

Illuminator Spotlight: Allison Jordan

By Martin Yan | December 15, 2016

Meet Allison Jordan, the Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation for the Newton County School System located in Covington, Georgia. She works with teachers and administrators to administer and utilize assessments in order to measure student success and instructional effectiveness. She’s also responsible for assisting schools with data analysis as it relates to the State’s accountability … Continue reading Illuminator Spotlight: Allison Jordan

Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

By Jenny Rankin, Ph.D. | December 9, 2016

Teacher attrition rose significantly over the last two decades. Now more than 41% of teachers leave the profession within just five years of starting, and about half a million U.S. teachers (which amounts to 15%) leave the profession every year. In short, teachers are burning out, which means they are exhausted from the prolonged stress and/or … Continue reading Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

By Mike Oswalt | December 1, 2016

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell You might have heard that “leadership matters.” Maybe you read about it in a business book. Maybe you have preached about it yourself. But have you ever thought about what that phrase truly means? Many use it as a … Continue reading Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

Getting Back to the Basics [Infographic]

By Martin Yan | November 29, 2016

We all know the school systems in the U.S. have some catching up to do. But just how far behind are we? A quick scan of the numbers—from school spending and test scores to equity and graduation percentages—reveals a story of disparity and struggle. We currently rank 27th in Science and 35th in Math based on PISA scores. And … Continue reading Getting Back to the Basics [Infographic]

Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

By Mike Oswalt | November 14, 2016

This month, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report entitled Ready for School: Recommendations for the Ed Tech Industry to Protect the Privacy of Student Data.  Access to student data is essential for school officials, including teachers, in order to adjust instruction and school improvement planning to match the needs of students. However, student … Continue reading Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

By James Fleming | November 10, 2016

Here’s a common misconception: scheduling is a task for spring and summer. The reality is that late spring is often too hectic, while summer is too late to make change. To be more effective, school leaders should use the fall and winter to get smart about scheduling.  It’s important to use these few months before … Continue reading 5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

By Chris Balow, Ph.D. | November 3, 2016

For many years, districts have focused on assessments to gauge student mastery of the curriculum. But state assessment systems that revolve around once-a-year summative testing do not tell the entire student achievement story. There is not adequate data to improve educational outcomes and build school capacity. Educators and students need assessment information to measure the … Continue reading Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

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