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11 Tips for Teaching About Theme in Language Arts

Sponsor: The Great Books Foundation
Posted: September 15, 2014

Studying themes like trust, integrity, and honesty builds thoughtful world citizens and friends, the kinds of thinkers you want to have in your classroom. This paper offers a wealth of teacher tips to teach the literary concepts of theme and main idea in stories, books, and literature.

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Learn the 5 Key Factors of Teacher Effectiveness

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: September 15, 2014

Learn the five critical questions your teachers must answer in order to unlock the power of student data, implement the appropriate instructional strategies and empower their own teacher effectiveness.

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The Essential Guide to Measuring Student Learning

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: September 1, 2014

As you navigate shifts in standards and manage accountability requirements, learn how measuring growth accurately and fairly can help keep the focus where it’s needed: on your students.

Our comprehensive guide explores how growth data provide essential information that can help boost every student’s progress on rigorous new college and career readiness standards. You’ll get an overview of assessment types, grasp key issues to consider when attempting to measure growth accurately and fairly, receive tools for judging growth assessment quality, and gain a better understanding of how growth data can inform your instructional, curricular, and programmatic objectives.

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Child Protection in Schools: A Four-Part Solution

Sponsor: Second Step
Posted: September 1, 2014

As places where children spend a large portion of their time, schools have a legal and ethical responsibility to keep their students safe. And because of the nature of relationships between staff and students, often an educator is the one to spot signs of maltreatment in a child. The situation is compounded by mounting research about adverse childhood events’ lifelong effect on people’s lives, so creating a safe and protective school community is of paramount importance to educators. This white paper from Committee for Children, creators of the Second Step and Talking About Touching programs, outlines the four elements a school needs to have in place to help protect their students.

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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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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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