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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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A Field Guide to Recruiting Millennials

Sponsor: Frontline
Posted: March 15, 2017

Millennials — they’re glued to their smartphones, carry on conversations entirely in emojis and take an uncomfortable number of selfies. They’re also the future of education, as veteran educators retire. But with a nationwide teacher shortage and fewer graduates entering the field, you need to look at new strategies to recruit and retain the most talented young educators of the millennium. Get the field guide to learn next-generation recruitment strategies to help you hire qualified educators.

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Students as Problem Solvers

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: March 1, 2017

Learn how online & blended learning can change education worldwide by focusing on four connected elements. These elements are introduced to us by Charles Leadbeater through his book 'The Problem Solvers: The teachers, the students and the radically disruptive nuns who are leading a global learning movement'.
'Problem Solvers' details why education needs to be a dynamic experience, why education systems need to become dynamic to deliver that experience and what policy-makers, teachers, students and entrepreneurs can do to overcome the obstacles we face.

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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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Selecting and Sequencing Student Solutions

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: March 1, 2017

The important role that mathematical discourse plays in helping students make sense of mathematics is well established. In this whitepaper, Dr. Gladis Kersaint outlines strategies that all educators can use to promote mathematical discourse in their classrooms, including:
• Planning for productive mathematics discussions
• Selecting student work for classroom discussion
• Sequencing student work to support meaningful classroom discussion
• Questions to consider when selecting and sequencing student strategies

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8 Essentials for Digital Curriculum Management

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: March 1, 2017

As districts look to the future in building out their digital learning environments, they seek solutions that support teaching consistency and personalized teaching and learning district-wide, for students and adult learners alike. Read more about the eight essentials for digital curriculum management in the decision guide, and gather insights into why these key features are so critical to the digital curriculum management selection process.

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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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9 Myths About Wifi K-12 Education

Sponsor: Ruckus Wireless
Posted: February 24, 2017

Primary education is becoming a bold new frontier where no one has gone before, with the growing use of Wi-Fi making this new frontier a reality. And while it’s easy to get caught up in the sci-fi vision of tomorrow, school IT administrators face more mundane—and much more pressing—challenges right now. To help solve these challenges, we have identified 9 myths about school Wi-Fi deployments. Read this white paper to learn fact from fiction, allowing you to exceed your school district’s Wi-Fi expectations.

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How to Make Personalized Learning a Reality in Your District

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: February 22, 2017

Consider implementing a learning management system to use Universal Design for Learning principles to personalize learning for all students. One of the great benefits of integrating technology into the classroom is that it facilitates personalized learning in a way that was not previously possible. The learning platform that districts choose should provide a safe environment where students can explore, create, collaborate, communicate, and reflect on their learning goals.

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Bringing Teacher Learning to Life

Sponsor: PEBC
Posted: February 15, 2017

Courageous Teaching Using Peer Learning Labs to Elevate Efficacy
Peer Learning Labs offer educators the chance to engage in highly effective professional development in the most important setting: classrooms in their own school. In “Bringing Teacher Learning to Life,” you’ll have a chance to see how schools shifted their school culture to ensure high levels of learning and engagement for all students. Learn how Peer Learning Labs helped move a middle school from underperforming to a school recognized for excellence in student achievement. Download this white paper to learn how your school can implement Peer Learning Labs with visible results.

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Student Motivation and Edtech in the Classroom

Sponsor: Lexia
Posted: February 15, 2017

As classrooms continue to rely more heavily on instructional models that blend a standard curricula with digital platforms, an examination of the application of educational technologies in the classroom, and the ways in which digital tools may enhance or undermine student motivation, are critical to understand. This white paper highlights well-researched methods of supporting student's intrinsic motivation in educational settings and applies that research to selecting and using educational technologies.

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Find Your Purpose: The Path to a Rewarding Doctoral Journey

Sponsor: Grand Canyon University
Posted: February 1, 2017

A strong start in a doctoral program requires not only building a good foundation in specific skills and abilities, but also the proper mindset and motivation to engage in authentic, critical research and analysis. This eBook excerpt, "Find Your Purpose: The Path to a Rewarding Doctoral Journey," offers an inside look at what it's like to be a doctoral learner, including time commitment, the dissertation process, schedule development, research assistance and more, from Grand Canyon University's College of Doctoral Studies. More information is available at gcu.edu/edweek.

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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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Integrating Educational Technology for Early Childhood

Sponsor: Istation
Posted: February 1, 2017

From tablets and smartphones to laptops, desktops, and smart-boards, computer-based learning can be a valuable part of any early childhood classroom. Learn how to balance technology with playful and purposeful programs. Modeling the World of a Child provides insight into meaningful ways technology can be integrated into classrooms as early as pre-K through 3rd grade and beyond.

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Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum

Sponsor: Desire2Learn
Posted: January 18, 2017

The Path to Digital Transformation
The adoption of digital content and curriculum is a top priority for U.S. school districts. Ninety percent of districts in a Center for Digital Education (CDE) survey said they were either planning to or already had implemented personalized learning programs utilizing digital content. But while digital content and curriculum has been a hot topic for some time, few districts have successfully adopted it in all grade levels and subject areas. Download this guide to lean more.

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Math Intervention Toolkit

Sponsor: DreamBox Learning
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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Practical Growth Tips from Successful Schools

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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