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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

An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

Victor Villaseñor is a bestselling author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Rain of Gold; Burro Genius: A Memoir; Wild Steps of Heaven; Thirteen Senses: A Memoir; and Macho! Some of his books have been nominated for awards, and at least one is scheduled to be made into a television mini-series.   Today, Victor lives … Continue reading An Overlooked Genius: How to Empower Students with Disabilities

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

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Santee Education Complex is a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), located in South Central Los Angeles. It was built in 2005 with the special distinction of being the first new four-year high school to open in LAUSD in over 35 years. Immediately after its opening, Santee dealt with issues around … Continue reading How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

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

3 Keys to Unlocking School Improvement

3 Keys to Unlocking School Improvement

Someone once said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. School improvement is a process that takes planning and careful attention. Just like any process, there are systematic ways to approaching and enhancing it. In today’s global economy, school improvement is essential to help people grow into all that they can be. … Continue reading 3 Keys to Unlocking School Improvement

Quick Summary of California’s New Accountability Measures

Quick Summary of California’s New Accountability Measures

The State Board of Education will be voting on the state’s new accountability measure on Thursday. Here’s a sneak peak at what they’ll be voting on. What will the board adopt on Thursday? They’re called “evaluation rubrics,” which is basically an accountability tool with several components: A set of statewide and district performance indicators measuring … Continue reading Quick Summary of California’s New Accountability Measures