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Building Leadership Talent Through Performance Evaluation

Sponsor: AIR
Posted: January 15, 2015

Principals' roles have expanded significant over the past decade. These leaders face new challenges and new levels of accountability. Performance evaluation provides a powerful tool for developing leadership practices, but many districts and administrators are inexperienced with this strategy. American Institutes for Research (AIR) engaged educators in three states to design the Five Essential Practices of School Leadership framework, a foundation for facilitating principal growth and accountability. The framework can be used for principal coaching, self-reflection, and performance evaluation.

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What You Need to Know to Support Blended Learning

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: January 1, 2015

A brief summary of the advertorial’s content (3-4 sentences. Please send in .txt format) 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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Training Educators to Understand the Needs of ELs

Sponsor: ESOL in Higher Ed
Posted: January 1, 2015

Training is imperative for all educators across the nation to be better prepared to reach students whose first language is not English. These students are more commonly known as English learners (ELs). A wealth of resources, training materials, strategies, and applicable ways to reach all students from diverse cultural backgrounds are available through ESOL in Higher Ed.

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Delivering Unrivaled Wi-Fi Performance in Google Classroom

Sponsor: Ruckus Wireless
Posted: December 31, 2014

Raising a Ruckus in the Google Classroom
As educators have seen the bliss of cloud-based apps is that they’re scalable and consistent. The catch is that the devices they run on require robust connectivity for reliable use of those apps. Google is changing the landscape for student computing by providing tools to engage students anytime, anywhere from Chromebook and other devices. Network administrators need to find a new fail-proof approach to wireless connectivity. Read this white paper to find out how Ruckus Wireless can help you get the most out of the Google app environment today.

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Using the FIT Teaching™ Framework for Successful Teacher Evaluations

Sponsor: ASCD
Posted: December 1, 2014

Whatever teacher evaluation model you use, embracing a robust approach to instructional design provides teachers and supervisors guidance for success.

Enter FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching™)—a coherent approach designed for schools and districts to ensure high-quality teaching and learning in every classroom, every day. Based on the work of Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, FIT Teaching is both a tool for teachers to ensure success for every learner, as well as a resource for supervisors to conduct successful observations and evaluations that support instructional growth.

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An Up-Close Look at Student-Centered Learning

Sponsor: Nellie Mae Foundation
Posted: December 1, 2014

An Up-Close Look at Student-Centered Math Teaching illustrates how learners benefit from student-centered instruction, what student-centered instruction looks like, and presents a four-part framework for analyzing student-centered instruction in mathematics. Additionally, the report provides multiple entry points for teachers who are interested in developing a more student-centered approach to teaching.

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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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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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