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Viewing Mental Health Through the “We Care” Campaign

Viewing Mental Health Through the “We Care” Campaign

As the mental health of America’s students is weighing heavily on all of our minds, the “We Care” campaign launched in Santa Ana Unified this winter is a bright example of one district’s effort to take a proactive stance on the subject. “We Care” is SAUSD’s response to AB 2246, the California legislation passed in … Continue reading Viewing Mental Health Through the “We Care” Campaign

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

Closing or Widening? Examining the Racial Achievement Gap in Illinois

Closing or Widening? Examining the Racial Achievement Gap in Illinois

Students of color in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district face compounding racial and socioeconomic disparities that widen the achievement gap. A recent Stanford University study reports that CPS students as a whole are improving from third to eighth grade faster than 96 percent of districts in the US, but the learning rate fails to … Continue reading Closing or Widening? Examining the Racial Achievement Gap in Illinois

School-Aged Youth & Trauma: How Education Communities Can Help

School-Aged Youth & Trauma: How Education Communities Can Help

This article was co-written with Julie Ziegler. To continue the conversation, please reach out to them respectively at jharris@illuminateed.com or jziegler@illuminateed.com. When you look around your schools, would you believe that 1 out of every 4 students has experienced at least one traumatic or adverse childhood experience? In fact, 1 out of every 2 people … Continue reading School-Aged Youth & Trauma: How Education Communities Can Help

Building Resilience in Students from Challenging Backgrounds

Building Resilience in Students from Challenging Backgrounds

By the time they are in high school, students with histories of academic difficulties frequently develop sophisticated strategies to avoid situations where they will experience the negative consequence of failure. As a teacher of students with disabilities, I regularly saw first hand how these strategies played out. Whether it was time to read aloud or … Continue reading Building Resilience in Students from Challenging Backgrounds

Getting Teachers Fired-Up About the School Improvement Planning Process

Getting Teachers Fired-Up About the School Improvement Planning Process

This post was co-authored by Dr. Shelly Dunaway Every year, educators throughout the United States participate in School Improvement Planning (SIP). For some, it is a burdensome, mundane but required task. For Two Rivers Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee, the principal, Dr. Shelly Dunaway, used the School Improvement Planning process as a way to inform … Continue reading Getting Teachers Fired-Up About the School Improvement Planning Process

BI Tool: The CAR Report – Cumulative Assessment Record

BI Tool: The CAR Report – Cumulative Assessment Record

Last month, the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District shared their beautiful Student Growth Percentile Scatterplots with the BI Tool Community. The report elegantly visualizes the relationship between a students’ scale scores and their growth percentiles. If you missed it, check it out here!  Shiawassee uses Illuminate’s custom reporting tool to feed data into their BI … Continue reading BI Tool: The CAR Report – Cumulative Assessment Record

You May Be Missing Steps in Master Scheduling

You May Be Missing Steps in Master Scheduling

Presented by James Fleming – Transcription Below Introduction Hey, thanks for joining us for the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. My name is James Fleming. I’m a subject matter expert in secondary leadership, and we’re gonna talk about that one missing step in your master scheduling cycle. The Basics of Master Scheduling So, I think everybody’s pretty … Continue reading You May Be Missing Steps in Master Scheduling