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Focus Learning and Make Exam Day Like Any Other

Sponsor: JAMF Software
Posted: August 15, 2014

Significant initiatives are being widely implemented across the United States to improve student learning through enhanced digital content. The use of iPad in the classroom has opened many doors to secure and streamline ways of conducting everything from large-scale exams to informal assessments. Discover how advanced Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions put the power of iPad directly in the hands of the teachers, without the help of onsite IT.

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Applying Games and Manipulatives in Math Intervention Curriculum

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Education
Posted: August 1, 2014

The extensive use of games and manipulatives in SRA Number Worlds to enhance math engagement and to teach number sense—as well as a variety of more specific math concepts and skills—is justified by research in the learning sciences as well as by common sense, always a useful touchstone when making any theoretically motivated curricular decisions. Although the original program has been expanded over the years to include lessons to teach Common Core State Standards that were not addressed in the original program, the primary and central focus of the program has remained true to its proven foundation since its inception in 1988. In this paper the author of SRA Number Worlds describes the very different roots of this curriculum and the ways that research in the cognitive sciences has shaped not only the learning goals of the program but also the manner in which these goals are taught.

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Working Together: Building Effective School Turnaround Partnerships

Sponsor: AIR
Posted: July 15, 2014

Thousands of schools across the nation are failing to meet state requirements for annual improvements in student test scores. If they continue to fall behind, these schools face serious consequences. Partnerships with external experts can be a critical lifeline, but the fit has to be right. In this white paper, AIR experts in research and practice explore two important questions: 1) What are the qualities of successful external partnerships? and 2) How can school administrators make these relationships more effective?

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Improve Curriculum with Understanding by Design®

Sponsor: ASCD
Posted: July 1, 2014

Standards are not curriculum. Find out why Understanding by Design® (UbD®) is the perfect tool to provide a practical way to transform standards into a teachable curriculum that emphasizes understanding and long-term transfer for students. Plus you’ll get answers to nine frequently asked questions about UbD®, a list of additional resources, and more.

Note: Understanding by Design® and UbD® are registered trademarks of Backward Design, LLC used under license.

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Blended Learning Kit: Tools and Resources

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
Posted: July 1, 2014

Don’t miss tools and resources that detail Blended Learning best practices, thought leadership, and how you can use blended learning to deeply personalize the learning experience, support standards, and increase student achievement.

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Promoting Better Classroom Behavior

Sponsor: McGraw-Hill Education
Posted: June 1, 2014

Behavior management involves the creation of successful learning environments for both classroom behavior and academic performance. The focus should be on how to provide instruction in a manner that not only increases academic performance, but also improves classroom behavior. Specifically, teachers should provide a comprehensive approach in which instruction for both behavioral and academic skills is consistent with what has been found to be effective through empirical investigation. The goal for educators is to help students become successful in the classroom both academically and behaviorally.

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What are the top trends in K-12 mobile tech today?

Sponsor: Amplify Tablet
Posted: June 1, 2014

The 2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education makes clear the significant presence mobile devices now occupy in K-12. From class sets, to BYOD to 1:1 models, the report reveals the major trends in schools today, as well as the challenges they face.

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11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader

Sponsor: Great Books Foundation
Posted: June 1, 2014

Convincing students to slow down, engage with texts in different ways, and reflect as they read are challenges for every teacher. There is no magic trick that turns your students into top-notch readers overnight, but there are specific close reading skills you can teach that will help your students now and for years to come. Download "11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader" now!

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Improving Student Outcomes with Advanced Analytics

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: April 1, 2014

Perhaps the most influential factor in the future of our economy is public education. Empowering educators through more effective analysis of data will ensure that students are better prepared for college, the workplace and the global marketplace.

Read about some of the key benefits of using data analysis, including the ability to truly differentiate instruction and provide an earlier response to intervention. Data analysis can also give teachers the ability to tailor their own professional growth plans, which ultimately cultivates student success.

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