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How Oxford Community Schools Uses Data to Support 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

How Oxford Community Schools Uses Data to Support 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

Located in northern Oakland County, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit, Oxford Community Schools (OCS) serves a suburban community that extends across five townships and two villages. The district is consistently recognized for its excellence. Many of its schools have been designated as Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools, and the district has received numerous MASB … Continue reading How Oxford Community Schools Uses Data to Support 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

BI Tool: What Can You Automate?

BI Tool: What Can You Automate?

This month, we offer another example of how the BI Tool can transform the data culture in your school district from a top-down, “use what we have” approach to a collaborative, “what do we need” approach. Our previous post focused on the work of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the largest charter school network in Los … Continue reading BI Tool: What Can You Automate?

Sense-Making is the Core of NGSS

Sense-Making is the Core of NGSS

Now that the previous blog helped us gain a stronger understanding of the three dimensions of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), let’s shift our attention to the key innovation for NGSS: sense-making. What is Sense-Making in NGSS? Science is fundamentally about making sense of the natural world. Sense-making is the conceptual process in which a … Continue reading Sense-Making is the Core of NGSS

Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”

Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”

Almost every district, charter, or educational organization has a strategic plan. Sometimes, we refer to these as improvement plans or action plans. Strategic plans are partially an accountability piece, but they are also more than that: they help us articulate our goals for supporting students—and the specific, measurable actions we’ll take to achieve those goals. … Continue reading Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”

7 Needs for Student Engagement

7 Needs for Student Engagement

It is 2019, and the stakes for educator and student success have never been higher. Administrators and teachers are looking at many ways to improve student outcomes and increase achievement. One methodology that gets a lot of lip-service is student engagement. And it is this educator’s opinion that student engagement is not just a method, … Continue reading 7 Needs for Student Engagement

Tackling New Challenges in Parent Communication

Tackling New Challenges in Parent Communication

Contributions were provided by Sam Banks, Tristen Scheitle & Bianca Jones As educators, we know the importance of engaging parents, guardians, and families in student learning. Research studies, such as those listed here and here, show that parent engagement impacts achievement, social skills, behavioral issues, and more. Parent engagement encompasses many aspects, but communication is … Continue reading Tackling New Challenges in Parent Communication

Early Warning for Student Needs: 7 Ways to Use an EWS (Beyond At-Risk Identification)

Early Warning for Student Needs: 7 Ways to Use an EWS (Beyond At-Risk Identification)

Early Warning Systems (EWSs) are historically designed to identify students at risk of dropping out. When identifying at-risk students, the literature recommends monitoring Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance data. Monitoring these indicators has resulted in preventative, responsive action for students in many districts. Many Uses for Early Warning Educational Software However, it’s worth considering that … Continue reading Early Warning for Student Needs: 7 Ways to Use an EWS (Beyond At-Risk Identification)

BI Tool: Multiple Rounds of Feedback

BI Tool: Multiple Rounds of Feedback

When I reflect on my work with hundreds of school districts & LEAs across the United States, I realize that the true power of Illuminate’s BI Tool is not just in creating powerful reports / data visualizations—the true power lies in its ability to transform the data culture in school districts. Without Illuminate’s BI Tool … Continue reading BI Tool: Multiple Rounds of Feedback

Another Awesome IEUC in the Books!

Another Awesome IEUC in the Books!

We had an awesome time bringing teachable moments to light with you at IEUC 2019 in San Diego, CA. A few highlights: 119 Sessions: Including 25+ about MTSS. See some of our favorites here. Nerd Tank: Illuminate customers pitched their ideas to the Illuminate team and fellow users. Illuminators Got Talent: After a long day … Continue reading Another Awesome IEUC in the Books!

Enrichment and Remediation with Personalized Learning

Enrichment and Remediation with Personalized Learning

For years, we’ve seen promising research emerge about the power of personalized learning—and its ability to provide all students with unique learning opportunities and experiences needed to succeed. Malcolm Gladwell wrote in Outliers: The Story of Success that “success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances … Continue reading Enrichment and Remediation with Personalized Learning