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How This Rural District is Making the Most of Classroom Data

How This Rural District is Making the Most of Classroom Data

One of Washington’s fastest-growing school districts, Yelm Community Schools (YCS) serves the communities of Yelm, McKenna, the Bald Hills, the Nisqually Indian Reservation, and parts of the Lacey suburbs. YCS offers a welcoming, safe, student-centered, and collaborative learning environment and is expected to reach 6,300 students by 2023. Under the district’s current strategic plan, YCS is … Continue reading How This Rural District is Making the Most of Classroom Data

What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

Presented by Mark Adato – Transcription Below   Introduction Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” My name is Mark Adato. I am an Implementation Manager on the D and A Team, and today, we’re talking about data driven instruction. So let’s talk about the components that go into the data driven instruction cycle, there are … Continue reading What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

How to Infuse Innovation in a Personalized-Learning Model

How to Infuse Innovation in a Personalized-Learning Model

To compete in the modern age, students and teachers look outside traditional learning models. Education has been slower to adapt to personalization than other sectors. In fact, much of education is still pushing for standards and the standardization that comes with them. Ironically enough, technological advancements, particularly in the world of analytics and “big data,” … Continue reading How to Infuse Innovation in a Personalized-Learning Model

Why Every School District Needs an Early Warning System

Why Every School District Needs an Early Warning System

In the next few weeks, we’ll be exploring the topic of early warning systems and its importance in the school system. This first post tackles the ways in which these tools are designed to advance an equity-based agenda. Guadalupe Guerrero, superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS)—the largest and most diverse school district in the State of … Continue reading Why Every School District Needs an Early Warning System

Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

The path to improved literacy requires data-literate educators. Literacy is the cornerstone of education, and a key to thriving in adulthood. True literacy means not just knowing how to decode printed language, but also being able to write, speak, and communicate across a wide range of media. Students who achieve high levels of literacy experience … Continue reading Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

Why I Chose Not to Become a Racist

Why I Chose Not to Become a Racist

In July 2018, I faced a dilemma that countless African Americans throughout history have faced: become an anti-White racist or resist the overwhelming urge to do so. A series of race-related recent events and news stories had pushed me to this crucial point. One incident pertained to a White teacher who put her foot on … Continue reading Why I Chose Not to Become a Racist

Top VR Experiences in Education

Top VR Experiences in Education

While virtual reality has not been around long enough for truly definitive studies to have been performed in the world of education, the trend and technology continues to move forward. Teachers are always looking for new ways to keep students engaged. Screens are a regular part of almost every child’s life. As children’s exposure to … Continue reading Top VR Experiences in Education

BI Tool: Comprehensive Data Report for English Learners

BI Tool: Comprehensive Data Report for English Learners

Last month, Christopher Albans from Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) shared one of his favorite Illuminate BI Tool Reports: “MAP RIT Scores Student/Parent Letter.” The report integrates online resources from both Khan Academy and “Your Reading Path,” transforming the data from numbers on a page to actionable information for students and parents. Great work FSUSD, … Continue reading BI Tool: Comprehensive Data Report for English Learners

Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning

Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning

Like it or not, predictive technology is coming for all of us. Over the last few years, private industry has reaped the enormous benefits of artificial intelligence and other machine learning techniques. Tools to build predictive systems are rapidly evolving, expertise is spreading, and the money is following. According to Metaari’s 2017 investment study, a … Continue reading Student Predictions & Protections: Algorithm Bias in AI-Based Learning

How to Make an Implementation Sticky

How to Make an Implementation Sticky

Presented by Annie Stefano – Transcription Below Introduction Hi. Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” My name is Annie Stefano and I am a customer success manager for the Implementation Team. Today, we’re gonna be talking about how to make implementations of any kind sticky. Find Your Bogo So let’s take a look at the … Continue reading How to Make an Implementation Sticky