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Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

The path to improved literacy requires data-literate educators. Literacy is the cornerstone of education, and a key to thriving in adulthood. True literacy means not just knowing how to decode printed language, but also being able to write, speak, and communicate across a wide range of media. Students who achieve high levels of literacy experience … Continue reading Keeping the Push Towards Literacy on Our Minds

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

The most popular analogy used to describe a data dashboard is a car’s dashboard, which gives instant access to critical information. An automobile dashboard allows the driver to view the various instruments to monitor the many functions of the car and engine. In a car, the instruments will instantly tell you the status of fuel … Continue reading Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

Writing a Continuous Standards-Story for Students

Writing a Continuous Standards-Story for Students

Educational reform has taken many forms throughout history. But all reform efforts are based on the premise that improvements made to the educational system will have large returns to society. In particular, in the form of increased well-being and decreases in long-term societal costs. In the 1980s, a marked change took place in the approach … Continue reading Writing a Continuous Standards-Story for Students

What is NGSS Anyway?

What is NGSS Anyway?

Presented by Mark Adato – Transcription Below Introduction Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” My name is Mark Adato. I’m an Implementation Manager on the D and A team, and today, we’re talking about the next generation science standards, also known as NGSS. So let’s talk about these standards that science teachers all over the … Continue reading What is NGSS Anyway?

Understanding the Shifts in Illinois State Reporting

Understanding the Shifts in Illinois State Reporting

The Illinois Report card has undergone two major changes throughout the few years. The good news is that it currently sits as one of the most user-friendly and informative state school reports in the country. Before explaining how the Report Card has improved, it helps to have a basic understanding of its definition and function. … Continue reading Understanding the Shifts in Illinois State Reporting

What To Ask Before You Change Your Report Card

What To Ask Before You Change Your Report Card

Presented by Annie Stefano – Transcription Below Introduction Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” My name is Annie Stefano, and I am a customer success manager for the Implementation team. Today, we’re going to talk about some essential questions you wanna ask yourself before you change your report card. Believe it or not, this is … Continue reading What To Ask Before You Change Your Report Card

Breaking Down Silos to Turn Data into Action

Breaking Down Silos to Turn Data into Action

  As educators, we understand data’s vital role in providing insights that can lead to better student outcomes. But too often, academic, behavioral, and cultural data stays in the system it’s housed in and never gets a chance to drive a holistic approach to educating students. With no easy way to access so-called data “silos,” … Continue reading Breaking Down Silos to Turn Data into Action

Engaging Reluctant Learners: Relationships, Relevance, and Communication

Engaging Reluctant Learners: Relationships, Relevance, and Communication

  Learning is a posture. Yes, it’s a mindset. Yes, it’s an attitude. Yes it’s a process with mental, physical, and emotional variables working together. But it’s also the way a student sits. Allow me to explain. Teachers can identify the kid with his arms folded and his chin down on his chest. The kid … Continue reading Engaging Reluctant Learners: Relationships, Relevance, and Communication

Data Dashboards: Important Insights to Ensure Every Student Finds Their Spark

Data Dashboards: Important Insights to Ensure Every Student Finds Their Spark

Visualize your performance data for quicker, more informed decision-making across your educational community. Data dashboards are popular in the corporate world, because they give executive decision-makers a clear window into real-time business performance. Dashboards pull data from different systems—such as customer relationship management, website analytics, inventory, logistics—and serve it up to show the results of … Continue reading Data Dashboards: Important Insights to Ensure Every Student Finds Their Spark

4 Easy Ways to Check Your District’s Student Data

4 Easy Ways to Check Your District’s Student Data

Presented by Rebecca Coleman – Transcription Below Introduction Hi, welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. My name is Rebecca Coleman, and I am a customer success manager on the Illuminate Education Student Information System, which is kind of a mouthful. Today I’m gonna talk to you a little bit about four ways to check your … Continue reading 4 Easy Ways to Check Your District’s Student Data