Getting Back to the Basics [Infographic]

Getting Back to the Basics [Infographic]

We all know the school systems in the U.S. have some catching up to do. But just how far behind are we? A quick scan of the numbers—from school spending and test scores to equity and graduation percentages—reveals a story of disparity and struggle. We currently rank 27th in Science and 35th in Math based on PISA scores. And … Continue reading Getting Back to the Basics [Infographic]

Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

This month, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report entitled Ready for School: Recommendations for the Ed Tech Industry to Protect the Privacy of Student Data.  Access to student data is essential for school officials, including teachers, in order to adjust instruction and school improvement planning to match the needs of students. However, student … Continue reading Six Student Data Privacy Practices for Success

5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

Here’s a common misconception: scheduling is a task for spring and summer. The reality is that late spring is often too hectic, while summer is too late to make change. To be more effective, school leaders should use the fall and winter to get smart about scheduling.  It’s important to use these few months before … Continue reading 5 Fall Tasks to Improve Scheduling Success in Spring

Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

The importance of measuring and teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies cannot be overstated. In fact, it is clearly emerging as one of the most effective ways to develop psychologically healthy and productive young people and adults. Furthermore, the extent to which we ignore SEL, we increase the likelihood that students will further disengage … Continue reading Start Gathering Social & Emotional Data Now—Here’s How

Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

The reality in today’s schools is that students are absent and missing out on opportunities to learn—and it’s happening at an alarming rate. According to research by the U.S. Department of Education, over 6 million students have missed 15 or more days of school in 2013-14. This equates to one in every eight students, or … Continue reading Missing Millions: The Impact of Chronic Absenteeism on Ethnic Minorities

Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Can Reduce the Achievement Gap

Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Can Reduce the Achievement Gap

As many are well-aware, there are student achievement gaps that exist among various groups in the U.S. and around the world. One well-documented gap is observed across the economic spectrum with students from low income families performing well below that of higher income families. However, recent studies indicate that socio-economic status (SES) accounts for only 8.3% … Continue reading Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills Can Reduce the Achievement Gap

Questioning Your Way into a New School Year

Questioning Your Way into a New School Year

As the new school year begins, teachers are setting up their classrooms, establishing rules and procedures, creating lesson plans and activities to create a positive environment where students will engage and learning will flourish. But every student who walks through that door will have a different and unique approach towards education. Wouldn’t it be nice to know, how … Continue reading Questioning Your Way into a New School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

The freshly-polished hallways and classrooms across the country are filling up once again as another school year begins. Many students are showing up with a renewed enthusiasm for learning, with many teachers eager to help them become lifelong learners. But for educators, every school year also comes with new challenges. With several mandates, new legislation and ways … Continue reading 7 Can’t Miss Blogs to Jumpstart the School Year

Why Should Educators Use Data?

Why Should Educators Use Data?

People often ask us, “How can I get more people to use data and educational technology tools?” It’s a fair question, as school districts are often bombarded with initiatives and, as a result, have traditionally slower rates of technology adoption. However, instead of focusing on the goal of blanket adoption of a tool, a better starting point … Continue reading Why Should Educators Use Data?

Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams

Traditionally, test scores have been used to place students into an accelerated or advanced math pathway. Whether they’re in middle school or high school, students had to achieve certain scores on a series of common benchmarks or one one-off placements and readiness exams to be placed in the proper programs. The exams, created and administered by … Continue reading Gatekeeping in Math: Dispelling the Myth of Placement & Advancement Exams