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Another Awesome IEUC in the Books!

Another Awesome IEUC in the Books!

We had an awesome time bringing teachable moments to light with you at IEUC 2019 in San Diego, CA. A few highlights: 119 Sessions: Including 25+ about MTSS. See some of our favorites here. Nerd Tank: Illuminate customers pitched their ideas to the Illuminate team and fellow users. Illuminators Got Talent: After a long day … Continue reading Another Awesome IEUC in the Books!

Enrichment and Remediation with Personalized Learning

Enrichment and Remediation with Personalized Learning

For years, we’ve seen promising research emerge about the power of personalized learning—and its ability to provide all students with unique learning opportunities and experiences needed to succeed. Malcolm Gladwell wrote in Outliers: The Story of Success that “success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances … Continue reading Enrichment and Remediation with Personalized Learning

NGSS Without Dimensions = NGSS Without Proficiency

NGSS Without Dimensions = NGSS Without Proficiency

The continuous expansion of scientific knowledge makes it nearly impossible to teach all of the pieces of a given science discipline (in detail) for K-12 students. The role of science education is not to teach the memorization of facts, but to prepare students with core knowledge that they can build upon, on their own, in … Continue reading NGSS Without Dimensions = NGSS Without Proficiency

Illuminator of the Year 2019 Winners

Illuminator of the Year 2019 Winners

The Illuminator of the Year Program was created to recognize outstanding individuals who are illuminating in their communities. This award is given to educators and administrators who are committed to increasing the power of teaching and the delight of learning. We are excited to announce that all six honorees have been selected as 2019 Winners. … Continue reading Illuminator of the Year 2019 Winners

The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

In the words of Dr. W. James Popham, assessment literacy “describes a person’s understanding of what education tests can do—and what they can’t. To be assessment literate, one needs to comprehend the basic concepts and procedures of education tests likely to influence education decisions.” Essentially, assessment literacy means we have broad knowledge and skills around … Continue reading The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

Company Integration Milestones: How Our Work Behind the Scenes is Focusing on Teaching and Learning

Company Integration Milestones: How Our Work Behind the Scenes is Focusing on Teaching and Learning

At Illuminate, we bring teachable moments to light. That’s a lofty goal. So, how does our work of integrating a range of platforms and software capabilities actually impact teachers and students? Let’s explore what it means through two examples. Personalized Review Assignments (PRA) As with any review of assessment data, teachers are faced with the question: “Now what?” … Continue reading Company Integration Milestones: How Our Work Behind the Scenes is Focusing on Teaching and Learning

4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

Schools and districts have increasingly turned to data visualization tools to better (and more quickly) understand their student data. At the student level, visualizing data can inform MTSS processes, intervention selection, at-risk identification, and more. At the class, grade, school, or district level, data visualization can help us “find patterns.” How many times have we … Continue reading 4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

I remember the day clearly. It was mid-December, right before the holiday break, when I broke. It was just before lunch, maybe about 11:15, and we were in my self-contained grade 6-8 special education classroom. It was literally the last portable in the back of the school. I was a third of the way into … Continue reading Teacher Burnout Prevention: Tips from Someone Who’s Been There

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