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Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

Coming on the heels of an approved ESSA plan, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is setting its sights on creating a system of continuous school improvement in the 2018-2019 school year as it rolls out a new accountability framework. In January, the U.S. Department of Education approved the state of Washington’s … Continue reading Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a single school with 150 students to a network that currently serves 36,000 students and plans to grow to 100,000 students by 2022. IDEA has schools in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio, and will open schools in Southern Louisiana and El Paso for the … Continue reading How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

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