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Effective Ways to Engage Underserved Students

Effective Ways to Engage Underserved Students

Presented by Dr. Gail Thompson – Transcription Below Introduction Hello everyone. Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. I’m Dr. Gail Thompson, Professional Development and Equity Expert at Illuminate Education. I’m also an author and researcher. Today, I want to talk about parent engagement because educators know that parent involvement is important and it’s correlated to … Continue reading Effective Ways to Engage Underserved Students

Doing Parent Engagement in the Age of ESSA

Doing Parent Engagement in the Age of ESSA

It’s no secret—parent and family engagement is critical to student success in school. Research has demonstrated for decades that this can have a major influence on a child’s achievement from improvements in attendance and behavior to stronger academic performance. But the nature of that “involvement” is what is most key. ESSA now requires districts receiving Title … Continue reading Doing Parent Engagement in the Age of ESSA

How a Medium-Sized District is Closing the Achievement Gap

How a Medium-Sized District is Closing the Achievement Gap

The Clarke County School District is a mid-sized public school district in Athens, Georgia with just under 14,000 students. It serves all of Clarke County, which includes the communities of Athens, Winterville, and part of Bogart. Recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as the “number one school district for closing the achievement gap”—the disparity … Continue reading How a Medium-Sized District is Closing the Achievement Gap

Busting Myths About Grading

Busting Myths About Grading

  This article was originally published in the “AllThingsPLC Magazine” (Spring 2017 edition). ***** MythBusters is the longest running television series in the history of the Discovery Channel. During its 14 years on the air, the show, featuring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, have conducted 2,950 experiments, explored 1,050 myths, and created 900 explosions (Friedlander, 2015). … Continue reading Busting Myths About Grading

How to Build a Successful Master Schedule

How to Build a Successful Master Schedule

The master schedule is one of an instructional leader’s most important tools. It’s a function of the school’s philosophy, a reflection of its vision, and a blueprint for its resource allocation. The vast majority of a school’s resources may be spent on teachers, but ensuring a viable curriculum that helps that school achieve its academic … Continue reading How to Build a Successful Master Schedule

Illuminate Whiteboard Series: 4 Steps to Makeover Your PLCs

Illuminate Whiteboard Series: 4 Steps to Makeover Your PLCs

Presented by Kate Pechacek – Transcription below Introduction Hi, everyone. Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard series. I’m Kate Pechacek. I’m an Implementation Manager for Illuminate. And we, today, are going to talk about the PLC Recipe. So, PLCs have been around for a long time, and they’re sort of a common recipe that’s developed over … Continue reading Illuminate Whiteboard Series: 4 Steps to Makeover Your PLCs

Encouraging a Data-Driven Culture Towards a Growth Mindset

Encouraging a Data-Driven Culture Towards a Growth Mindset

There has been much said about Growth Mindset since 2007 when Carol Dweck published her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, and introduced us all to the concept of a growth mindset. This book was the culmination of decades of research, which compares the differences between a “fixed mindset” and a “growth mindset.” Carol Dweck … Continue reading Encouraging a Data-Driven Culture Towards a Growth Mindset

Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

In recent years, “equity” has become a buzz word and popular topic in K-12 schools, higher education, businesses, and even in religious organizations. A common definition is that whereas “equality” results in giving everyone the same thing, “equity” equates to giving individuals what they need. In schools, equity results in treating all children fairly and … Continue reading Equity: A Practical Guide for Educators

Illuminate Whiteboard Series: The Basics of Social Emotional Learning Competencies

Illuminate Whiteboard Series: The Basics of Social Emotional Learning Competencies

Presented by Dr. Chris Balow – Transcription below Introduction  Hello, everyone. Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” I’m Dr. Chris Balow, Chief Research Scientist here at Illuminate Education. And we’re here today to talk about social emotional learning competencies. This is a super important area that’s really kind of at the forefront of education right … Continue reading Illuminate Whiteboard Series: The Basics of Social Emotional Learning Competencies

Assessing Student Understanding Throughout the Instructional Cycle

Assessing Student Understanding Throughout the Instructional Cycle

In the past few years, there has been a lot of discussion around the amount of time that students spend taking assessments. Educators, politicians and parents are concerned that we are over-testing children in schools. To me, the question that should be asked is not how much time is spent assessing students, but what is … Continue reading Assessing Student Understanding Throughout the Instructional Cycle