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How a Large & Diverse District is Making Data-Driven Decisions

How a Large & Diverse District is Making Data-Driven Decisions

Ascension Public Schools is a large public school district in southeastern Louisiana, between the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. With more than 22,000 students, the district serves the diverse communities of Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, Gonzales, and Prairieville. In 2017, the district was awarded its sixth consecutive “A” rating from the Louisiana Department of Education, … Continue reading How a Large & Diverse District is Making Data-Driven Decisions

9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

The great thing about informal assessments is they help us gauge students’ understanding during the learning process instead of after. Informal assessment also changes teachers’ relationship to student learning. Through informal assessment, a teacher becomes a guide throughout the learning process, rather than the judge of the student’s final product. While committing to formative—or informal—assessment … Continue reading 9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

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

Illuminator Spotlight: Timothy Brienza (Cibola HS)

Illuminator Spotlight: Timothy Brienza (Cibola HS)

Meet Timothy Brienza, the Principal at Cibola High School. His role involves managing the day-to-day activities of his campus and overseeing faculty and staff, which includes setting the educational vision and goals to align with expectations. Yuma has been an Illuminate customer for over 5 years. We asked Timothy a few questions to learn about what’s happening … Continue reading Illuminator Spotlight: Timothy Brienza (Cibola HS)

How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

Located fifty miles from Savannah, Georgia, Statesboro High School (SHS) serves a diverse student body of approximately 1,500 in Bulloch County. Founded in 1901, SHS strives to be a model of excellence in public education, and to ensure that each of its students is uniquely prepared to enter the workforce. Most educators recognize the fundamental … Continue reading How Statesboro High Increased Math Proficiency by 84 Percent

How to Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

How to Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

As some key states are looking to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we decided to feature a guest post to cover important changes around science education. The following post is from Dr. Melissa Backer, the NGSS Project Director at Fluence. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a major transformation for K-12 science education. NGSS was developed … Continue reading How to Prepare for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Illuminate Spotlight: Gary Collins (Victor Elementary School District)

Illuminate Spotlight: Gary Collins (Victor Elementary School District)

Meet Gary Collins, a Technology Support Specialist at Victor Elementary School District. His role involves dealing with data and administration surrounding state and local assessments, report card administration, and support for Illuminate users in the district. We asked Gary a few questions to learn about what’s happening in Victorville. What led you to teaching/education? When studying in college, … Continue reading Illuminate Spotlight: Gary Collins (Victor Elementary School District)

Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners

Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners

This year we held our first annual Illuminator of the Year awards ceremony to honor those educators who are using Illuminate to effect significant, positive change for the students we all serve. We featured three finalists in each of our two categories: Educator of the Year and Administrator of the Year. Here we’re spotlighting our winners, Cora Dodge and … Continue reading Illuminator of the Year 2017 Winners

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

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