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Improve Curriculum with Understanding by Design®

Sponsor: ASCD
Posted: July 1, 2014

Standards are not curriculum. Find out why Understanding by Design® (UbD®) is the perfect tool to provide a practical way to transform standards into a teachable curriculum that emphasizes understanding and long-term transfer for students. Plus you’ll get answers to nine frequently asked questions about UbD®, a list of additional resources, and more.

Note: Understanding by Design® and UbD® are registered trademarks of Backward Design, LLC used under license.

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Blended Learning Kit: Tools and Resources

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: July 1, 2014

Don’t miss tools and resources that detail Blended Learning best practices, thought leadership, and how you can use blended learning to deeply personalize the learning experience, support standards, and increase student achievement.

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Helping Students Find Joy in Informational Texts

Sponsor: Heinemann
Posted: July 1, 2014

“I believe children of all ages can engage in vigorous, high-level literacy experiences with nonfiction if we take careful steps to ensure their success.” – Linda Hoyt

In this article Heinemann best-selling author and master teacher Linda Hoyt shares her tips for success with informational literacy. Linda demonstrates how to link children’s natural sense of wonder to the very text types that will govern the majority of reading students do throughout future schooling and later in the workplace. In addition to authoring 24 professional development books for teachers, Linda has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, curriculum developer, Title I Coordinator, and staff developer. Her special love is engaging learners in meaningful literacy experiences that integrate inquiry, collaboration, reading, writing, and speaking.

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Promoting Better Classroom Behavior

Sponsor: McGraw-Hill Education
Posted: June 1, 2014

Behavior management involves the creation of successful learning environments for both classroom behavior and academic performance. The focus should be on how to provide instruction in a manner that not only increases academic performance, but also improves classroom behavior. Specifically, teachers should provide a comprehensive approach in which instruction for both behavioral and academic skills is consistent with what has been found to be effective through empirical investigation. The goal for educators is to help students become successful in the classroom both academically and behaviorally.

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What are the top trends in K-12 mobile tech today?

Sponsor: Amplify Tablet
Posted: June 1, 2014

The 2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education makes clear the significant presence mobile devices now occupy in K-12. From class sets, to BYOD to 1:1 models, the report reveals the major trends in schools today, as well as the challenges they face.

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11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader

Sponsor: Great Books Foundation
Posted: June 1, 2014

Convincing students to slow down, engage with texts in different ways, and reflect as they read are challenges for every teacher. There is no magic trick that turns your students into top-notch readers overnight, but there are specific close reading skills you can teach that will help your students now and for years to come. Download "11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader" now!

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Cloud-Managed Mobility in Education

Sponsor: Aerohive Networks
Posted: April 15, 2014

Summary: As the adoption of mobility accelerates in schools, it will have a huge impact on the network architectures they reside on. In this whitepaper, we will outline the major trends impacting school networks today, including:

1. The Implementation of Common Core Standards and online standardized testing
2. The advent of new mobile devices such as the Google Chromebook and the Intel-based Ultrabook
3. The modernized displays and print infrastructures with Apple TV

We will also discuss how a centralized, cloud-managed wireless network benefits schools by providing the high-performance, high-density, and high-availability requirements needed to support mobility across campus networks.

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Bullying Prevention in Schools Starts with SEL

Sponsor: Second Step
Posted: April 15, 2014

Bullying has been acknowledged as a problem in schools for decades, but recent media attention and state regulations have increased the pressure on educators to effectively address the problem. This white paper from Committee for Children, the creators of the Second Step program, outlines the three components a school needs for comprehensive bullying prevention while focusing specifically on one: social-emotional learning (SEL). Implementing a research-based SEL program as part of comprehensive bullying prevention benefits students who are bullied, those who bully, and even students who witness bullying (the largest segment of children affected by bullying behavior).

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Improving Student Outcomes with Advanced Analytics

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: April 1, 2014

Perhaps the most influential factor in the future of our economy is public education. Empowering educators through more effective analysis of data will ensure that students are better prepared for college, the workplace and the global marketplace.

Read about some of the key benefits of using data analysis, including the ability to truly differentiate instruction and provide an earlier response to intervention. Data analysis can also give teachers the ability to tailor their own professional growth plans, which ultimately cultivates student success.

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