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Meet the Needs of Every Student Every Day

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: November 9, 2016

Personalized learning promotes the love of learning you and your teachers want to instill in every student, now and in the future. But how do you know if you are doing it right? The Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning outlines how any district can support every teacher in meeting the needs of their students.

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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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How to Make Personalized Learning a Reality

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: October 15, 2016

Explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how it can easily provide all learners with equal access to learning! See how districts are giving their students voice and choice. In this eBook you will learn:

  • 1. What Personalized Learning Is and Is Not
  • 2. How to use UDL as the Framework for Creating Learner-Driven Environments
  • 3. How Houston ISD and Bartholomew CSC use UDL to shape personal learning paths
  • 4. Essential Questions to Ask your LMS Vendor

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Selecting High-Quality Digital Curriculum

Sponsor: Apex Learning
Posted: October 6, 2016

How do you effectively evaluate and choose a high quality digital curriculum that meets the needs of your district? This white paper provides a framework to support your vision for student achievement. Not all digital curricula are equal and not all will enable teachers to design a variety of rich learning experiences that meet the individual needs of all students. Which is why choosing the right digital curriculum is critical to ensuring that the personalized learning goals of your district are being supported.

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Finding What Works in Learning

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: October 1, 2016

This paper by Dr. Tim Hudson helps you understand how to successfully review educational research and know how to thoroughly investigate the study, ask probing questions, and access the fine print about how a program "improves scores" or "doubles growth" using a clear rubric and three educational research examples, including a recent Center for Educational Policy Research at Harvard University study of DreamBox Learning Math. Now you can get past educational hype and headlines with tools that help you understand how to critically examine curricular programs.

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A New Recipe for PD: Collaborative Development

Sponsor: VIF International Education
Posted: October 1, 2016

More than ever, educators are expanding their knowledge and teaching practices beyond traditional PD workshops and sessions, engaging in connected and flexible learning through online environments and virtual professional learning networks.

Now is the time to create new recipes for professional development that can organically blend the tools, resources and ideas educators are exposed to each day into more impactful lessons and instruction.

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Learn the mathematics you teach by doing the mathematics you teach

Sponsor: Solution Tree
Posted: October 1, 2016

When mathematics achievement just isn't adding up, we can help you improve your results. Built on proven best practices, and based on decades of firsthand classroom experience, Dixon Nolan Adams Mathematics focuses on enhancing the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of mathematics teachers so students can receive the best education possible.

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Tools for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Sponsor: Vocabulary Spelling City
Posted: September 28, 2016

Studies consistently confirm that strong vocabulary is fundamental to reading fluency, comprehension, and all learning. While your school is teaching vocabulary, the challenge is word retention in a diverse, multi-level student group.

A special report, "Applying Best Practices For Effective Vocabulary Instruction," summarizes research and identifies how schools can implement a literacy program of proven word study techniques and engaging activities for vocabulary building and retention.

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Using Multiple Measures to Redefine Success

Sponsor: ASCD
Posted: September 15, 2016

Using multiple measures, instead of just test scores, to determine an education endeavor's success can lead to enhanced student performance, better decision making, and a more comprehensive view of school quality and student achievement. There's no single way to do multimetric evaluation right. Each state and local community must determine for itself the ideal outcomes for its students. This guide by renowned assessment expert W. James Popham offers educators, policymakers, and the public a step-by-step process for identifying and evaluating the criteria by which progress toward their unique goals can be measured.

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: February 1, 2016

Many high-stakes decisions in education depend on student growth, value-added metrics and the resulting reports. But if educators and policymakers don’t understand how to interpret these reports, student growth and value-added metrics can’t deliver on their full potential to improve education systems. This paper explores the evolution of value-added reporting to a more comprehensive, accessible and intuitive tool for users – a reporting approach that gives context to growth measures and delivers helpful new insights for educators.

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