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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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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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