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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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14 Tips for Smart Curriculum & EdTech Planning

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: October 1, 2014

The use of technology in schools has increased so rapidly in the last several years that many education leaders today do not have first-hand experiences to draw from as they work with their teachers to integrate technology into the classroom. This makes it harder for them to figure out the best tools, systems, and programs to buy, and more difficult for them to support teachers in the implementation process. The “Guide to Purchasing Edtech the Right Way” will help district administrators develop an efficient process that enables them to evaluate, choose, and implement the best education technology that meets their goals while saving them money.

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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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Focus Learning and Make Exam Day Like Any Other

Sponsor: JAMF Software
Posted: August 15, 2014

Significant initiatives are being widely implemented across the United States to improve student learning through enhanced digital content. The use of iPad in the classroom has opened many doors to secure and streamline ways of conducting everything from large-scale exams to informal assessments. Discover how advanced Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions put the power of iPad directly in the hands of the teachers, without the help of onsite IT.

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Applying Games and Manipulatives in Math Intervention Curriculum

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Education
Posted: August 1, 2014

The extensive use of games and manipulatives in SRA Number Worlds to enhance math engagement and to teach number sense—as well as a variety of more specific math concepts and skills—is justified by research in the learning sciences as well as by common sense, always a useful touchstone when making any theoretically motivated curricular decisions. Although the original program has been expanded over the years to include lessons to teach Common Core State Standards that were not addressed in the original program, the primary and central focus of the program has remained true to its proven foundation since its inception in 1988. In this paper the author of SRA Number Worlds describes the very different roots of this curriculum and the ways that research in the cognitive sciences has shaped not only the learning goals of the program but also the manner in which these goals are taught.

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Working Together: Building Effective School Turnaround Partnerships

Sponsor: AIR
Posted: July 15, 2014

Thousands of schools across the nation are failing to meet state requirements for annual improvements in student test scores. If they continue to fall behind, these schools face serious consequences. Partnerships with external experts can be a critical lifeline, but the fit has to be right. In this white paper, AIR experts in research and practice explore two important questions: 1) What are the qualities of successful external partnerships? and 2) How can school administrators make these relationships more effective?

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