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How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

Why did we build an Accountability Dashboard? Despite what you’ve heard in the news, ESSA is still around. Even our U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is saying that we should honor the timeline that was already set in place. So, we’re going to keep moving forward, and all the individual states are still moving forward … Continue reading How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

Illuminator Spotlight: The Golden Valley Charter School Team

Illuminator Spotlight: The Golden Valley Charter School Team

Meet the ladies from Golden Valley Charter School Team: Becky Schwartz, Student Services Manager & Illuminate Administrator; Stephanie Lorenz, Assessment Coordinator and Education Support Specialist; Jennifer Hoover, Assessment Coordinator & Educational Support Specialist. We asked them a few questions to learn about what’s happening in Sacramento, CA. What are your roles in your district and your responsibilities as they pertain … Continue reading Illuminator Spotlight: The Golden Valley Charter School Team

Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

The state of student information systems (SIS) has changed significantly over the past decade. Traditionally, the focus of a student information system was to ensure users can manage different aspects of student data like attendance and grades, and report that data back to the state. The main goal for most districts was compliance. In recent … Continue reading Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Santee Education Complex is a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), located in South Central Los Angeles. It was built in 2005 with the special distinction of being the first new four-year high school to open in LAUSD in over 35 years. Immediately after its opening, Santee dealt with issues around … Continue reading How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Although President Donald Trump has promised to “make America great again,” the truth is that America has never reached its potential to be a great nation for many U.S. residents. This is especially true for its “stepchildren”—students who have been historically underserved by the U.S. public school system. Test scores, graduation rates, dropout rates, grade-level … Continue reading Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 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

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

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

Tips for Teachers: How to Recharge During Winter Break

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

Illuminator Spotlight: Allison Jordan

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

Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

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