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Illuminator of the Year 2019 Honorees

Illuminator of the Year 2019 Honorees

The Illuminator of the Year Program was created to recognize outstanding educators and administrators who are illuminating in their communities and exemplify our mission to promote student and educator success. This year we are honoring six individuals who have made significant contributions in their districts. We will be recognizing each honoree at IEUC in San … Continue reading Illuminator of the Year 2019 Honorees

BI Tool: Disrupting Inequities

BI Tool: Disrupting Inequities

Welcome to a new year of our BI Tool blog, where Illuminate BI Tool users can share the incredible work that is being done by BI Tool users all over the country. I am extremely grateful to the inspiring educators who are doing this important work with the BI Tool and also taking the time … Continue reading BI Tool: Disrupting Inequities

Early Warning Systems in Early Education

Early Warning Systems in Early Education

In previous posts, I’ve began with the assertion that in many cases, the likelihood that a student would graduate from high school could be predicted as early as kindergarten. Because early warning systems were initially designed to improve high school dropout rates, most of the research has centered around students in eighth grade and up. Another … Continue reading Early Warning Systems in Early Education

How a Focus on Access & Equity Is Making a Difference in Yuma

How a Focus on Access & Equity Is Making a Difference in Yuma

This excerpt comes from our latest white paper written in conjunction with Gina Thompson, Superintendent of Yuma Union High School District. Read the entire article here. Based on raw numbers, Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) would appear to be a school district poised to fail. Poverty is endemic to the region; 73% of YUHSD … Continue reading How a Focus on Access & Equity Is Making a Difference in Yuma

MTSS vs RTI vs PBIS – What’s the difference?

MTSS vs RTI vs PBIS – What’s the difference?

PBIS, RTI, and MTSS can be confusing, especially since those terms are sometimes used interchangeably. There’s a lot of overlap, but they are different. Use this article as a cheat sheet (or refresher) so you can feel comfortable discussing them with parents, colleagues, and other stakeholders. Let’s start chronologically. What does PBIS stand for? PBIS … Continue reading MTSS vs RTI vs PBIS – What’s the difference?

Choosing the Right Student Intervention

Choosing the Right Student Intervention

Presented by Kate Pechacek – Transcription Below Introduction Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” I’m Kate Pechacek. I’m a customer success manager for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. I’m here today to talk to you a little bit about choosing the right intervention for your students. We’ve all heard the term “targeted intervention.” Targeted means … Continue reading Choosing the Right Student Intervention

How Denver Public Schools Overcame District Data Woes

How Denver Public Schools Overcame District Data Woes

Denver Public Schools (DPS) serves students in one of the top 25 largest cities in the United States. DPS is one of the fastest- growing urban school districts in the nation and leads all large districts in Colorado in student academic growth. The diversity of the district is reflected in its student enrollment, which is … Continue reading How Denver Public Schools Overcame District Data Woes

The People Behind Early Warning Indicators

The People Behind Early Warning Indicators

As we’ve been emphasizing in our previous posts, data alone is never enough. Data is just a tool that educators can use to identify and remove possible barriers to student success. And because many inequities are built into our educational system, we need people at all organizational levels who know how to collect, analyze, and … Continue reading The People Behind Early Warning Indicators

Social-Emotional Learning vs. Mental Health: What’s the Difference?

Social-Emotional Learning vs. Mental Health: What’s the Difference?

With the release of a new survey published recently by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, school principals in K-8 schools say their top concern is the rising numbers of students with emotional problems and mental health needs. To put it in perspective, this survey has been conducted since 1928; in the 2008 report—just … Continue reading Social-Emotional Learning vs. Mental Health: What’s the Difference?

BI Tool: The “Quick Lookup” Report

BI Tool: The “Quick Lookup” Report

Last month, in recognition that September was Attendance Awareness Month, Scott Johnston-Roark, Romulus Community Schools’ District Data Coach, shared his “Attendance Update Parent Report” with the Illuminate BI Tool community. The report is beautiful in its simplicity. Most importantly, the report represents a model for (A) getting the right data to the right people at the right … Continue reading BI Tool: The “Quick Lookup” Report