4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Tall ships are quite a majestic sight to see. Imagine sails being stretched by the invisible wind and the crew actively tending to their posts as if in a well-choreographed dance with each other and the ship. As the seas change from calm to turbulent waves, the crew is able to anticipate the needs for … Continue reading 4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

Teacher attrition rose significantly over the last two decades. Now more than 41% of teachers leave the profession within just five years of starting, and about half a million U.S. teachers (which amounts to 15%) leave the profession every year. In short, teachers are burning out, which means they are exhausted from the prolonged stress and/or … Continue reading Teacher Burnout vs. Data System

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell You might have heard that “leadership matters.” Maybe you read about it in a business book. Maybe you have preached about it yourself. But have you ever thought about what that phrase truly means? Many use it as a … Continue reading Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

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

Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

For many years, districts have focused on assessments to gauge student mastery of the curriculum. But state assessment systems that revolve around once-a-year summative testing do not tell the entire student achievement story. There is not adequate data to improve educational outcomes and build school capacity. Educators and students need assessment information to measure the … Continue reading Beginners Guide: A Balanced Assessment System

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

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