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Teaching Adolescents to Read: It's not too late

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris
Posted: August 17, 2015

Dr. Louisa Moats, renowned literacy expert, takes an in-depth look at adolescent struggling readers and how intensive literacy intervention must first and foremost respect these students’ social, intellectual, and emotional needs. This white paper explores age-appropriate, engaging ways to fill in gaps in basic reading skills, while at the same time teaching language comprehension and navigation of challenging, meaningful texts. Dr. Moats explains the importance of direct teaching of language structure in a relevant, blended learning environment where students build confidence and own their reading and writing success.

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How Assessment Literacy Can Improve Instruction

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: August 1, 2015

When assessments are properly administered and integrated into instruction, the resulting data can provide valuable information about progress towards instructional goals, success of interventions, and overall curriculum implementation. However, obstacles begin to emerge when the appropriate professional development is not provided and educators are left trying to piece together the story from assessments that may not be designed to tell a cohesive story. Teachers and administrators must first understand the purpose of four major kinds of assessments related to instructional planning and how the integration of a comprehensive assessment plan will result in more productive use of data to improve instruction, reduce the redundancy of assessments serving the same purpose, foster seamless integration into school schedules and support student progress. This requires a level of assessment competency that is surprisingly lacking in most schools.

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The Guide to Apple iOS Deployment in Education

Sponsor: JAMF
Posted: August 1, 2015

So your school is about to launch an iPad program, and you’re not sure where to start? That’s where the Apple Management Experts can help. Since 2002, JAMF Software—Casper Suite solution—have helped schools across the globe ensure their Apple programs are a success. This guide will highlight the steps needed to get a 1:1 iPad program up and running using the Casper Suite and Apple’s user-friendly deployment programs.

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Assessments with Integrity

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: July 1, 2015

Discover how assessments built with integrity can be used to measure student growth and inform powerful instruction. This comprehensive guide shows you how assessing students with a rigorous, research-based tool can yield insights that help teachers deliver powerful, differentiated instruction to every student at the right time—allowing each individual to learn and grow.

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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: April 16, 2015

Download the Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind white paper to learn:

  • Best practices to improve the math achievement of every middle school student
  • How middle school students learn best
  • Key social and emotional characteristics of the middle school mind

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: June 1, 2015

This white paper explores solutions for education administrators who may have difficulty interpreting student education data from complex reports. It addresses why the most effective reports are easy to access, easy to understand and apply, and easy to communicate to stakeholders. It explains how explicable reports help educators and policymakers make better data-driven decisions regarding student growth patterns; curriculum, instruction and district leadership; and integrating technology into classrooms.

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