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5 Ways to Create Meaningful and Effective Teacher Support Systems

Sponsor: BloomBoard
Posted: September 1, 2015

Professional development can improve teaching effectiveness, empower growth, and keep teachers satisfied. Research shows that this has a positive impact on student success. This e-guide for district and school leaders gives you actionable tips for improving teacher support. Learn how to expand your programs from administrative-led evaluations and workshops to approaches that are teacher-guided and personalized.

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8 Tips on Becoming (or Finding) a Truly Great Teaching Mentor

Sponsor: The Great Books Foundation
Posted: September 1, 2015

Being a teaching mentor is an incredible chance to make a difference. You can make a new educator's transition into becoming a multifaceted and truly effective professional better and easier. Read this article to discover the most effective ways to get better at mentoring, or, if you're a new teacher, how to ask for the help you need.

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Download the Personalized Learning Playbook

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: September 1, 2015

The pace of change is happening at a faster rate than ever before with technology. Yet our education system prevents us from being more responsive to this dynamic condition. What are the jobs of the future? Where will technological automation and the workforce meet? How can schools be more responsive to the future needs of our society? Personalized learning will help us better prepare students for the world we live in now. The Personalized Learning Playbook makes the case for why we need to personalize learning now and how we can do it effectively. Perfect for leaders, board members and teachers considering the shift to personalized learning.

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What Middle School Students Need to Succeed in Math

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris
Posted: September 2, 2015

Dr. John Woodward, dean of the School of Education at Puget Sound, discusses the reasons why many students entering middle school experience a significant drop in math achievement—and what can be done to get them on track for algebra success. Factors of failure include the excessive quantity of material to be covered, the rate at which it is presented, inappropriate entry points ignoring critical gaps in understanding, and ineffective remedial interventions. This white paper explores proven, age-appropriate solutions, including covering fewer topics in greater depth, using a dual-topic approach, and increasing student motivation with real-world connections.

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How Assessment Literacy Can Improve Instruction

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: August 1, 2015

When assessments are properly administered and integrated into instruction, the resulting data can provide valuable information about progress towards instructional goals, success of interventions, and overall curriculum implementation. However, obstacles begin to emerge when the appropriate professional development is not provided and educators are left trying to piece together the story from assessments that may not be designed to tell a cohesive story. Teachers and administrators must first understand the purpose of four major kinds of assessments related to instructional planning and how the integration of a comprehensive assessment plan will result in more productive use of data to improve instruction, reduce the redundancy of assessments serving the same purpose, foster seamless integration into school schedules and support student progress. This requires a level of assessment competency that is surprisingly lacking in most schools.

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The Guide to Apple iOS Deployment in Education

Sponsor: JAMF
Posted: August 1, 2015

So your school is about to launch an iPad program, and you’re not sure where to start? That’s where the Apple Management Experts can help. Since 2002, JAMF Software—Casper Suite solution—have helped schools across the globe ensure their Apple programs are a success. This guide will highlight the steps needed to get a 1:1 iPad program up and running using the Casper Suite and Apple’s user-friendly deployment programs.

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Assessments with Integrity

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: July 1, 2015

Discover how assessments built with integrity can be used to measure student growth and inform powerful instruction. This comprehensive guide shows you how assessing students with a rigorous, research-based tool can yield insights that help teachers deliver powerful, differentiated instruction to every student at the right time—allowing each individual to learn and grow.

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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: April 16, 2015

Download the Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind white paper to learn:

  • Best practices to improve the math achievement of every middle school student
  • How middle school students learn best
  • Key social and emotional characteristics of the middle school mind

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: June 1, 2015

This white paper explores solutions for education administrators who may have difficulty interpreting student education data from complex reports. It addresses why the most effective reports are easy to access, easy to understand and apply, and easy to communicate to stakeholders. It explains how explicable reports help educators and policymakers make better data-driven decisions regarding student growth patterns; curriculum, instruction and district leadership; and integrating technology into classrooms.

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