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Conquering the Accounts Payable Nightmare

Provided by: SAP Concur

As more K-12 school districts are thinking about business continuity plans, leaders are examining which processes are mission-critical to keep the lights on. Accounts Payable (AP), tops that list, as businesses literally can’t function without processing payments. How can you ensure your Accounts Payable team is able to continue business-as-usual in case of an emergency?

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3 Key Steps to Choosing Interventions that Meet ESSA Standards

Provided by: Reading Plus

Selecting the right intervention program for your school and district can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, with product results that don’t meet lofty expectations. In this guide, learn best practices for purchasing evidence-based intervention programs that align with ESSA and have demonstrated the ability to improve student outcomes. And just as important, discover red flags to look out for when making these essential purchasing decisions.

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Building connections and curiosity through storytelling: Making space for all students to see themselves in mathematics

Provided by: Amplify

Infusing math instruction with history and storytelling can contribute to more equitable and exciting experiences for students. Learn from author Sunil Singh about building connections through storytelling and how it allows students to see themselves in math.

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Design Authentic, Engaging Learning Experiences

Provided by: Solution Tree

Harness the power of digital tools to enhance learning at every grade level. Learn strategies on how to successfully teach with technology.

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Will COVID-19 closures impact student learning?

Provided by: NWEA

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closes schools across the nation, educators race to meet the needs of schools, families, and 55.1 million students in a season of uncertainty. While it is difficult to speculate on what missing months of school may mean for student achievement, research from NWEA® on seasonal learning and summer learning loss offers valuable insights. Download this research brief to learn more about the impact these closures may have, as well as implications for teachers, administrators and policymakers.

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Looking Ahead—Planning for Post COVID-19 Learning

Provided by: Reading Plus

Whether or not remote learning has been successful in your district, educators are beginning to see how challenging the return to school will be. This whitepaper explores the research on learning loss during extended absences from the classroom; how the digital divide makes the loss greater for the students at most risk; how the lack of spring assessment data will impact student placement in the fall; and the kinds of support that both teachers and students will need as they return to campus and in-class learning. Even though this COVID-19 shut down is unprecedented, there are tools that can make the transition back to school a little easier.

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Educators Must Prepare ELLs for Path to Literacy

Provided by: Voyager Sopris Learning

With literacy being the main indicator of academic success, we must prepare ELLs for challenges they will face on the path to literacy and reading proficiency. Join Dr. Antonio Fierro as he shares his journey from English learner to award-winning educator and discusses knowledge he gained working with educators across the country in the science of reading, including the crucial knowledge they need to work effectively with ELLs. Learn more in the podcast, Educator Accountability: Preparing for the Tough Literacy Challenges Faced by English Language Learners.

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Selecting the Best Social-Emotional Behavior (SEB) Screeners

Provided by: FastBridge

Non-academic factors can greatly impact student performance. SEB assessments help identify where students need SEB support and intervention. Read this whitepaper to learn more about how to choose the most reliable measures for SEB screening and progress monitoring.

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Drive School Improvement with PLC at Work & HRS

Provided by: Marzano

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at Work® empower educators to work collaboratively to ensure high levels of learning. The Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS)™ framework helps schools focus on specific, research-based conditions for continuous school improvement. Both models, when implemented together, support each other and yield positive results for every learner.

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Makerspaces Help Develop Skills for the Future

Provided by: Carolina Biological

Preparing students for the real world is crucial in an ever-changing, ever-growing world. Having a makerspace where students can work together to problem-solve, discuss ideas and design solutions helps build the necessary skills students need outside of the classroom. Makerspaces offer a learner-driven approach, giving students the freedom to ask questions and explore possibilities. Through makerspace activities, teachers can engage students with emerging technologies that make real-world connections, nurturing students’ curiosity and helping them develop confidence to adapt and achieve in a STEM-driven world.

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Structured Literacy: The Skills All Students Need & How to Teach Them

Provided by: Lexia Learning

Structured Literacy was developed to help educators and administrators differentiate between reading instruction and programs that are truly informed by decades of gold-standard Science of Reading research from those that are not. Read this new white paper by Dr. Suzanne Carreker to learn about the critical importance of recognizing what constitutes Structured Literacy and how using this evidence-based approach in your classroom will help students of all abilities—especially those at risk for reading difficulties—become successful readers and confident learners.

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Gender Equity in STEM Education

Provided by: Carolina Biological

Educators can have a powerful influence on girls in the classroom. Exposing students to women in professional STEM fields through curriculum resources and hands-on activities can break the gender stereotype and lead girls to become successful women in STEM careers. It is important for students to work together in groups and have various responsibilities when doing science investigations. This helps foster a sense of belonging for girls and reduces negative labels such as “girls aren’t good at math” or “boys are better at science”.

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Finding & Implementing Quality Curriculum: What Matters Most

Provided by: Amplify & The Education Week Research Center

Educators care about instructional materials because students learn more when their classroom resources are high quality. Yet, until recently, teachers and administrators lacked credible, third-party information on the quality of instructional resources under consideration. Recently, the landscape has shifted as non-profit organizations and universities have launched tools designed to help educators evaluate instructional materials. This EdWeek Research Center survey found that educators who use the most popular source, EdReports, are highly satisfied with the tool, expressing confidence in its standards and evaluations. Educators are also very focused on two areas not captured by third-party review sites: student engagement with challenging content and support for high-quality implementation.

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Making the Most of Misconceptions in Math Class

Provided by: Curriculum Associates

What if instead of always calling on students with correct ideas, we asked students with misconceptions to explain their thinking? Read the new whitepaper, Recognizing Misconceptions as Opportunities for Learning Mathematics with Understanding, to learn the best instructional strategies for harnessing student misconceptions around mathematics. Author Dr. Mark Ellis covers how teachers can anticipate, elicit, and make use of student misconceptions to deepen students’ understanding of mathematics.

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Supporting Educators During Distance Learning and Beyond

Provided by: Gaggle

This academic year has been unlike any other. As all 50 states shut down school buildings in response to the pandemic, educators and students were thrust into uncharted territory and K-12 education was completely disrupted. ​Educators have dedicated an incredible amount of time and effort to help millions of students transition to distance learning​, ensuring that they can still be engaged in their education from home. If you’re concerned about keeping students safe in your digital learning environment as they learn remotely, Gaggle can help.

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How Students’ Reading Habits Have Changed and Shifted

Provided by: Renaissance Learning

What are the most popular books at each grade level? Is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series still as popular as ever? What topics do students like the most? What about the least?

The latest edition of What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual study of K–12 student reading habits, highlights fiction and nonfiction reading trends, along with the top books K–12 students are reading nationwide.

To mark the release of the all-new What Kids Are Reading report, we’ve highlighted the three biggest takeaways from the 2020 edition.

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7 Steps to Supporting Your Intervention Team

Provided by: Istation

Allocating time and resources to building out your intervention team can yield big rewards. Moving teachers past the “it’s just one more thing on my plate” attitude is critical to success. It is important to customize your professional development to the needs of your schools and district.

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