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Think Thoughtfully

Sponsor: Mentoring Minds
Posted: February 1, 2016

Model critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in your classroom with the Six Thinking Hats concept, a strategy that should be in every teacher’s back pocket. By encouraging students to “try on” different ways of thinking, teachers can help students to discover new ways of communicating their ideas and fostering collaboration with their classmates, both crucial 21st-century skills to teach.

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Beyond a Single Estimate of Effectiveness

Sponsor: SAS
Posted: February 1, 2016

Many high-stakes decisions in education depend on student growth, value-added metrics and the resulting reports. But if educators and policymakers don’t understand how to interpret these reports, student growth and value-added metrics can’t deliver on their full potential to improve education systems. This paper explores the evolution of value-added reporting to a more comprehensive, accessible and intuitive tool for users – a reporting approach that gives context to growth measures and delivers helpful new insights for educators.

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Benefits of Digital Ink in the Classroom

Sponsor: Microsoft
Posted: February 1, 2016

In this IDC report, sponsored by Microsoft, IDC conducted a research study with teachers who are using computers in the classroom to understand their classroom technology usage, and specifically how they are using Digital Inking devices. You’ll hear directly from educators on benefits they’ve realized using digital ink, including being able to clearly and quickly communicate feedback to students at the “teachable moment.” They have discovered how using a notebook or tablet with an active stylus provides the immediacy of instant messaging to open and maintain a personal connection with students at the precise moment they would be receptive to feedback. With an ever increasing range of classroom device options, it is imperative to consider those that will most directly support authentic, and efficient student-teacher engagement and reduce the time teachers spend on nonteaching related activities.

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Find Your Purpose: The Path to a Rewarding Doctoral Journey

Sponsor: Grand Canyon University
Posted: February 1, 2016

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 www.gcu.edu.

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Wi-Fi Woes: How Mediocre Wi-Fi Interferes with Instruction in American Schools

Sponsor: Ruckus Wireless
Posted: January 21, 2016

Technical barriers are preventing school Wi-Fi from living up to its educational potential, a new Education Week Research Center study suggests. This white paper about the survey introduces the Ruckus Wireless Confidence Index. Index results indicate that most teachers lack confidence that their school wireless can meet key goals related to student achievement and assessment.

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5 Strategies to Connect the Dots with Data in the Math Classroom

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: January 15, 2016

Use this guidebook as a useful tool for educators to learn how to: access insight into student learning, engage students with targeted classroom strategies, and build a Professional Learning Community to support your strategies around data in the classroom. Get started on making the improvements and seeing results in your classrooms.

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How to Create a Competency-Based Teacher Development Program

Sponsor: BloomBoard
Posted: January 15, 2016

Competency-based professional development enables teachers to learn and master skills at their own pace as well as demonstrate mastery through skill-use rather than seat time in trainings. This playbook takes a look at challenges and effective strategies in providing a competency-based PD program through real-life application at District of Columbia Public Schools. You’ll learn:
• Common challenges facing administrators when introducing a competency-based PD program.
• How the approach personalizes professional learning and empowers educators to take charge of their growth.
• 10 practical best practices for overcoming obstacles to implementation and adoption.

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A District's Journey to Paperless SpED Records Management

Sponsor: YellowFolder
Posted: January 15, 2016

Like many districts in growing cities across the US, HEB ISD in Texas experienced their student population in an steady state of transition. With traditional record management practices, it isn’t uncommon to search for records in warehouses or gymnasiums and be consumed with federal regulations regarding retention and destruction. Find out how they adopted a solution to eliminate concerns about compliance and put more focus & money back in the classroom.

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11 Elements of Response to Intervention

Sponsor: McGraw Hill Education
Posted: January 1, 2016

Is your school and classroom doing everything possible to advance learning for students at-risk? This ebook, 11 Elements of Response to Intervention: Essentials for Student Achievement and Classroom Success, details the elements required for optimizing achievement for struggling students. A checklist of actions and web resources corresponding to each area. Help prepare all struggling learners meet or exceed grade-level expectations, boost performance on high-stakes tests, and gain the best chance for high-school graduation.

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Teaching Adolescents to Read: It's not too late

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris
Posted: January 1, 2016

Dr. Louisa Moats, renowned literacy expert, takes an in-depth look at adolescent struggling readers and how intensive literacy intervention must first and foremost respect these students' social, intellectual, and emotional needs. This white paper explores age-appropriate, engaging ways to fill in gaps in basic reading skills, while at the same time teaching language comprehension and navigation of challenging, meaningful texts. Dr. Moats explains the importance of direct teaching of language structure in a relevant, blended learning environment where students build confidence and own their reading and writing success..

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Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: January 1, 2016

The importance of engaging students in meaningful mathematical discussion has long been identified as an essential component of students' mathematics learning. In this whitepaper, Dr. Gladis Kersaint outlines strategies that all educators can use to support mathematical discourse in their classrooms, including:

  • Classroom environments that support mathematical dialogue
  • Tools to plan and lead mathematical discourse
  • Different approaches for communicating mathematical knowledge
  • 100 questions that teachers can use to promote mathematical discourse

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The Essential Guide to Measuring Student Learning

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: January 1, 2016

A fundamental question—perhaps the fundamental question—educators ask is, "Are my students learning?" Many educators choose to gain key information from assessments that measure student achievement and growth, and for good reason: just as you might use a yardstick to measure your child's physical growth, assessments can provide an objective, consistent measure of academic growth. To help educators, parents, and policy makers drive learning for all students, this booklet shares practical insights and pragmatic learning around measuring student growth.

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2015 Survey Report: Managing Apple Devices in K-12

Sponsor: JAMF Software
Posted: December 15, 2015

The annual report on Apple device usage and managing Mac and iPad in education uncovers the latest trends associated with Apple device usage in education, why district leaders, teachers and technology instructors use Apple devices for enhancing learning, and the profound data privacy and management implications of supporting iPad and Mac in schools. Download this survey report for the latest stats on what schools of all sizes say about managing Mac and iPad usage in their schools.

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The Next Generation of Assessment

Sponsor: Scantron
Posted: November 15, 2015

One of the most reliable constants in the 21st century is change. The field of assessment is no different—educational standards change, cognitive demand measurement theories shift, and technology continues to evolve. Methods of measuring student knowledge must grow and transform, as well. Scantron's white paper provides a framework to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

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