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Transform Your Classroom with a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Transform Your Classroom with a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

During my travels conducting professional development workshops at conferences and in schools throughout the U.S., one of the main complaints that I hear from teachers and school leaders pertains to “student misbehavior.” Although they start their careers with high hopes and a desire to help students succeed, as a result of student misbehavior, many educators—especially those … Continue reading Transform Your Classroom with a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

Located fifty miles from Savannah, Georgia, Statesboro High School (SHS) serves a diverse student body of approximately 1,500 in Bulloch County. Founded in 1901, SHS strives to be a model of excellence in public education, and to ensure that each of its students is uniquely prepared to enter the workforce. Most educators recognize the fundamental … Continue reading How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

Introducing Our New Paper-Grading Solution: Lightning Grader

Introducing Our New Paper-Grading Solution: Lightning Grader

The story of Lightning Grader starts in the classroom. As a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher, I had a need to get student assessment data quickly to identify student’s strengths and weaknesses so I could adapt my instruction to increase their learning. As a math teacher, I ran into challenges with other edtech solutions in … Continue reading Introducing Our New Paper-Grading Solution: Lightning Grader

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