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Math Intervention Toolkit

Sponsor: Dreambox
Posted: January 15, 2017

There’s a lot of information available about Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RtI), but making sense of it all and putting theory into practice in your math classroom can be less accessible. This toolkit by Thera Pearce, DreamBox Learning Director of PD and Implementation, clarifies the frameworks and provides intervention basics and math specifics, easy-to-use tools and classroom activities, and rich resources.

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Dublin Unified School District Case Study: Moving to the Head of the Class

Sponsor: Ruckus
Posted: January 11, 2017

Dublin Unified School District, grew to 10,000 students while deploying 1:1 Chromebooks to support online assessments and digital learning. To do this, they upgraded their infrastructure to Ruckus for the performance and reliability needed to elevate the classroom experience.

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Prepare All Students for College, Work & Life

Sponsor: Apex
Posted: January 9, 2017

The world of work is quickly redefining what it means to be ready. Students need to be great communicators and critical thinkers that can tackle novel problems. In order to prepare students to be really ready for their futures, we must define what that means for them now—not just once they graduate from high school. How can your district ensure all students are prepared for key readiness skills across all subject areas? Find out more in this white paper, written in collaboration between Getting Smart and Apex Learning.

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The More You Know, The More They Grow

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: January 1, 2017

Learn why measuring growth matters, and see how four schools have used data from NWEA™ assessments—the most valid and reliable tools on the market—to make good on the promise of growth for all students. Their stories are testaments to the power of excellent growth measurement and practical examples for all educators who wish to see their students soar.

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The Science Behind Student Engagement

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: January 1, 2017

A substantial body of research shows student-centered, active learning strategies increase student learning and achievement. Active learning is associated with improved student academic performance, increased engagement, critical thinking, and better attitudes toward learning. This white paper highlights the research behind the value of student engagement and connections.

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Motivating ELL Students to Learn Academic English

Sponsor: Middlebury
Posted: December 15, 2016

Supporting ELL students in learning academic English can be challenging, since many students speak functional English but still need to work toward true mastery of academic English. So how do you motivate those ELL students? Read this white paper to learn more about how one school in Los Angeles is tackling the project.

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Gamification A recipe for success in 5 easy stages

Sponsor: Desire2Learn
Posted: December 15, 2016

With millennials rapidly taking over the work force and newer generations of tech-natives growing up in a world full of video games, augmented realities, and social media, your students are hungry for gamification in their learning. You are no doubt already familiar with what gamification is and how it can increase motivation in your learners, but how to cook up some effective gamification in your course is something that eludes a lot of educators. Well, strap on your apron and sharpen up those knives because you are about to learn the base recipe for gamified success!

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The K-12 Educator’s Guide to Choosing an LMS

Sponsor: Instructure
Posted: November 1, 2016

Before committing to a new learning management system, or LMS, schools and districts have some serious homework to do. Ensuring that a prospective LMS aligns with institutional goals, technology infrastructure, and the requirements of an entire learning community— from teachers and administrators to students and parents— will increase the likelihood of a successful implementation, and ultimately, improve teaching and learning. A hastily chosen LMS, on the other hand, may inhibit technology adoption, fragment users, and diminish the return on investment. Drawing on the experiences of K-12 schools and districts, this white paper summarizes key considerations for choosing a new LMS. It provides recommendations for understanding how an LMS works, and for engaging with a vendor to learn more about how the company's products, services, and vision will translate into teaching and learning success for users. Finally, it serves as a hands-on guide for developing a comprehensive LMS evaluation plan built on consensus and organized around a timeline.

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