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Building a Blueprint Around Formative Assessment

Building a Blueprint Around Formative Assessment

Imagine being on a sports team that’s competing in the Olympics. You belong to a very select group of individuals who are physically capable of excelling in a sport at the highest level. One day, the coach decides to cancel all scrimmages and qualifying events. Instead, she declares: “The only event that really matters is … Continue reading Building a Blueprint Around Formative Assessment

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)

A Quick Communication Guide for the NEW California School Dashboard

A Quick Communication Guide for the NEW California School Dashboard

Educators, families and community stakeholders across California: the School Dashboard is finally here! With this, of course, will come plenty of questions and concerns about this new way of looking at performance in our schools and districts. Not to mention, how to make sense of this information now being displayed in a series of reports, with … Continue reading A Quick Communication Guide for the NEW California School Dashboard

Lessons from a Mother & Her Sons About Learning Disabilities

Lessons from a Mother & Her Sons About Learning Disabilities

As we continue our series on serving students with special needs, we’re featuring a post from one of our Illuminators who went through her own personal experience with learning disabilities. Here is Francine Rhoton with her thoughts. When I was initially asked to discuss my experiences concerning children with learning disabilities, I thought, “Okay, I can … Continue reading Lessons from a Mother & Her Sons About Learning Disabilities

How to Use Scheduling to Support Students with Special Needs

How to Use Scheduling to Support Students with Special Needs

In our previous post, we explored the issue of students with disabilities and how to best serve this vulnerable group. The following post provides some insights and ways to support those particular students through scheduling. As educators, we always want to provide our students with the least restrictive learning environment. For many students, the least restrictive environment may … Continue reading How to Use Scheduling to Support Students with Special Needs

Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

Back when I was in jail and probation—serving as an assistant principal for a charter school network based within the system—I saw a lot of students from various backgrounds shuffling through. Since I was the AP, referrals were pretty consistent. The reasons were like how the ol’ saying goes, “If I only had a dime … Continue reading Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments

5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments

Formative assessments can make a big difference in the classroom. The evidence proves it. Many studies show that the average effect size of the impact of formative assessment on standardized tests is 0.4 to 0.7. The change in “effect size” is considered as going from moderate to strong. That’s a home run in the world … Continue reading 5 Critical Steps to Doing Formative Assessments

How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

Why did we build an Accountability Dashboard? Despite what you’ve heard in the news, ESSA is still around. Even our U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is saying that we should honor the timeline that was already set in place. So, we’re going to keep moving forward, and all the individual states are still moving forward … Continue reading How to Track Progress & Growth with an Accountability Dashboard

Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

The state of student information systems (SIS) has changed significantly over the past decade. Traditionally, the focus of a student information system was to ensure users can manage different aspects of student data like attendance and grades, and report that data back to the state. The main goal for most districts was compliance. In recent … Continue reading Why You Need to “Think Different” About Your SIS

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Although President Donald Trump has promised to “make America great again,” the truth is that America has never reached its potential to be a great nation for many U.S. residents. This is especially true for its “stepchildren”—students who have been historically underserved by the U.S. public school system. Test scores, graduation rates, dropout rates, grade-level … Continue reading Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools