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Multimetric Accountability and the Whole Child

Sponsor: Scantron
Posted: May 1, 2017

The Whole Child Initiative was born from the idea of creating equity for all students despite their varying array of needs. Supporting a whole child is not merely grounded in the fundamental idea of measuring student achievement academically, but also deeply rooted in a variety of other ways to gauge student success. Scantron and My Student Survey can help expand your accountability options with non-traditional survey measures.

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What Really Matters in Teaching Phonics Today
Dr. Jim Cunningham on “Laying a Foundation for Reading”

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: April 26, 2017

From Reading First to Common Core and beyond, approaches to teaching phonics and the foundational skills of reading continue to evolve. In this whitepaper, Dr. Jim Cunningham of UNC Chapel Hill considers the following:
• Lessons learned from past controversies and mandates
• Proven, up-to-date best practices for teaching phonics, decoding, and phonemic awareness
• Tips for overcoming common obstacles to implementing best practices
• Actionable steps for setting priorities while supporting mastery of phonics and reading growth

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How the Right Technology Keeps K12 Students Engaged

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: April 20, 2017

Getting students interested, eager, and ready to learn at the beginning of class is one thing, but keeping that interest throughout the entire classroom period, while they’re doing their homework, as they complete online lessons, and while they study for exams is an entirely different challenge. Learn how the right technology supports curriculum, standards, and pedagogy; and provides the right environment for students to engage with learning and achieve higher levels of performance.

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Feedback That Matters Using Evaluations and Peer-to-Peer Observations to Grow Teaching Practice

Sponsor: Frontline
Posted: April 18, 2017

Our white paper explores how teacher evaluations and peer-to-peer observations can impact teaching practice, and how to give meaningful, actionable feedback.

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Leveraging Digital Content to Differentiate Learning

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: April 15, 2017

How are schools and districts using digital content? And is it making a difference in classrooms across the U.S.? Research and resulting data from Project Tomorrow and DreamBox Learning provides greater understanding in this new era of personalized learning and differentiated instruction.

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6 Ways to Cultivate Growth Mindset

Sponsor: Lexia
Posted: April 15, 2017

Decades of research have demonstrated that a student’s mindset impacts how comfortable and motivated they are when posed with a new or difficult problem to solve. Given this research, many educators have been incorporating growth mindset strategies into their interactions with students in their classrooms for a number of years. Yet, despite the growing use of educational technology in the classroom, there has been little focus on the role of these tools in shaping a student’s approach to learning. This paper explores what it means to have a growth mindset and how supporting this perspective in students can be enhanced in the context of educational technology.

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Empowering Teacher Effectiveness: 4 Key Factors

Sponsor: Lexia
Posted: April 6, 2017

At the heart of teacher effectiveness is the teacher’s ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of every student in the classroom. Although data-driven instruction has long been a focus of districts across the country, the complex challenge of connecting student data to the appropriate instructional strategies and resources remains one of the greatest obstacles to teacher effectiveness. Curriculum-focused professional development helps provide teachers the“what” they need to provide in terms of classroom instruction. However, the questions of “why” specific students require certain instructional resources and “when” those resources are needed are the key questions that will unlock schools’ ability to empower teachers to obtain a level of effectiveness that will improve student outcomes.

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Long-Term Studies & Examples to Bolster Your Case for Pre-K

Sponsor: Waterford Institute
Posted: April 1, 2017

Much of the research on the effectiveness of early education programs focuses on short-term gains. This paper covers two recent studies that show the longitudinal benefits of two different types of kindergarten readiness efforts: a traditional, high-quality preschool program and a home-based kindergarten readiness program.

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Communications Planning for Innovation in Education

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: March 16, 2017

Communications Planning for Innovation in Education is a guide for school districts on how to communicate about their blended & personalized learning initiatives. Developed by Ed Elements and The Learning Accelerator this guide streamlines the planning process of communications, shares real-world examples, and offers up-to-date resources, artifacts and tips for districts in the beginning of their personalized learning journey or in the middle of their implementation.

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Formative Assessment Put into Practice

Sponsor: Corwin
Posted: March 15, 2017

Like you probably do, the Valley View School District 356U in Illinois had lots of data—data from testing and assessments that students take every year, inside and outside the classroom. Yet, instructors were left with one puzzling question: How could they utilize data to inform instruction? Read more about the story of Valley View School District 356U and see how they increased teacher clarity and improved student outcomes through CFA 2.0 by downloading the white paper below.

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Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

Sponsor: Middlebury
Posted: March 1, 2017

An innovative program started in Hartford Public Schools shows how technology can help English Language Learners succeed. Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, wanted to find new ways to help students learn English and become better prepared for academic and career success. So HPS partnered with Middlebury Interactive Languages, the leader in digital world language education for K-12 students, to create a pilot program for 300 ELL students in the 2014-15 school year.

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How to Ensure Every Student Reads for Depth

Sponsor: Actively Learn
Posted: March 1, 2017

Teachers consistently report that getting students to read for deep understanding is a struggle. This white paper explores why depth is so challenging and how teachers can help students overcome the obstacles to depth by activating, supporting, and revealing student thinking. Each of these three steps is outlined with research-backed instructional practices that are proven to promote deeper learning.

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Improving School Leadership Under ESSA

Sponsor: NISL
Posted: February 1, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains new opportunities for states and districts to improve the recruitment, retention, preparation and development of school leaders. This expansion is a reflection of the growing recognition that improving school leadership is one of the most cost-efficient ways to improve student achievement at scale. To assist decision makers as they develop their ESSA plans, the National Institute for School Leadership provides this analysis of the ESSA provisions affecting school leadership and a summary of recent third-party reviews of evidence-based, ESSA-eligible leadership programs.

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