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Reimagine the Way We Teach Writing in K-5

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: November 1, 2014

With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and new college and career readiness standards, there are now higher expectations for writing in grades K-5. Educator and English Language Arts expert, Dr. Jim Cunningham, discusses the more rigorous writing standards, the challenges teachers face in addressing them, and strategies to successfully support teachers and students.

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Quick Guide to Launching Your First 1:1 Program

Sponsor: Amplify
Posted: October 15, 2014

Students and teachers can reap many benefits from 1:1 learning in their classrooms, if the program is implemented thoughtfully. Amplify and the One-to-One Institute have partnered to produce the Quick Guide to Launching Your First 1:1 Program, which is filled with expert recommendations on developing a vision, creating a strategic plan and implementing it with the proper infrastructure, professional development and communication channels in place to ensure a successful program.

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Best Practices for Evaluating Digital Curricula

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: October 15, 2014

Thoughtful evaluation and selection of digital curricula is necessary to ensure educational technology meaningfully impacts student learning. Whether a school is building a blended learning program or simply wants to enhance learning with technology, it is critical to evaluate the quality of digital learning programs.

Download this white paper to find helpful tips, an evaluation checklist, and resources for evaluating digital curricula.

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Affordable Asset Management to Improve Accountability

Sponsor: Wasp Barcode Technologies
Posted: October 1, 2014

School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more relevant than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets and greater accountability.

Responsible stewardship includes managing budgets and assets in the most effective way possible, as well as complying with all requirements for federal and state funding. Luckily, new technologies can help track an asset’s life cycle from requisition to disposition through functions like: check-in/check-out, auditing, and maintenance.

An automated asset management system that utilizes iOS and Android devices allows schools and districts to quickly take control of their fixed assets.

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Prepare Your Students for the Smarter Balanced Assessments

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Education
Posted: October 1, 2014

The new Acuity® College and Career Readiness (CCR) assessment solution, with adaptive capabilities, empowers educators to consistently measure student mastery of the new college and career readiness standards, while preparing students to learn the real-world skills required of them on their consortium’s summative assessment, in college, and a career.

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Bringing World Language Education to Everyone

Sponsor: Middlebury Interactive Languages
Posted: October 1, 2014

In 2011, Weybridge Elementary School went global. Nestled in a bucolic village of 800 residents in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, the tiny school, which has 50 students in K-6, became the first in Vermont to offer high quality, online world language instruction to its students. Read on to learn how this small Vermont school’s “transformative” decision to create a blended learning program has galvanized its students, faculty and community.

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What You Need to Know to Support Blended Learning

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: October 1, 2014

As you navigate shifts in standards and manage accountability requirements, learn how measuring growth accurately and fairly can help keep the focus where it’s needed: on your students.

Transforming instructional practice is hard and providing support for teachers is essential. Understand the pedagogical shifts required and learn how to coach teachers in the transition. Access a detailed blended learning rubric ideal for use as a self-assessment, goal-setting, and coaching tool.

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11 Tips for Teaching About Theme in Language Arts

Sponsor: The Great Books Foundation
Posted: September 15, 2014

Studying themes like trust, integrity, and honesty builds thoughtful world citizens and friends, the kinds of thinkers you want to have in your classroom. This paper offers a wealth of teacher tips to teach the literary concepts of theme and main idea in stories, books, and literature.

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Learn the 5 Key Factors of Teacher Effectiveness

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: September 15, 2014

Learn the five critical questions your teachers must answer in order to unlock the power of student data, implement the appropriate instructional strategies and empower their own teacher effectiveness.

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Child Protection in Schools: A Four-Part Solution

Sponsor: Second Step
Posted: September 1, 2014

As places where children spend a large portion of their time, schools have a legal and ethical responsibility to keep their students safe. And because of the nature of relationships between staff and students, often an educator is the one to spot signs of maltreatment in a child. The situation is compounded by mounting research about adverse childhood events’ lifelong effect on people’s lives, so creating a safe and protective school community is of paramount importance to educators. This white paper from Committee for Children, creators of the Second Step and Talking About Touching programs, outlines the four elements a school needs to have in place to help protect their students.

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