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Beyond ESSA Compliance: Taking college and career readiness to the next level

Sponsor: Xello
Posted: November 15, 2018

The 2018/19 school year marks a turning point for educators with all states’ Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans underway. As the ones charged with executing against this act, districts are running headlong into the challenge of what compliance really looks like. To help you in your ESSA journey we’ve assembled a guide that expands on the act’s key challenges and provides a wide range of options to achieve your objectives. Download our guide and learn: The do’s and don’ts of ESSA measurement and compliance Best practices for achieving district-wide success How to introduce a program that meets objectives and excites students.

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Experience Matters in Instructional Design

Sponsor: Odysseyware
Posted: November 2, 2018

Experience matters when it comes to teaching. Teachers’ acquired knowledge and innate ability to understand the needs of their students cannot be replaced by technology. Odysseyware works directly with experienced educators to incorporate methods that have been proven through research and evidence to define our instructional design. How students experience our digital curriculum is also carefully considered to elicit engagement, motivation, and positive learning outcomes – all in support of whole learner success.

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ESSA and Digital Learning: Opportunities for innovation for digital learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act

Sponsor: Fuel Education
Posted: November 1, 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has the potential of catalyzing a transformation in education that embraces unprecedented support and funding for individualized and innovative instruction – one in which digital learning and student data play a major role. Read our white paper to learn how to leverage ESSA policy and funding streams to create or expand your digital learning programs. Download this paper to read more.

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The Truth About Dyslexia: Myths vs. Facts

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris Learning
Posted: October 31, 2018

As a consequence of advocacy, many states have now adopted laws pertaining the identification and treatment of dyslexia. While recognition of dyslexia is long overdue, conflicts between scientific evidence and popular beliefs continue to complicate implementation of these well-intentioned laws. Dr. Louisa Moats, author and nationally recognized literacy expert, will address quandaries such as the definition of dyslexia, appropriate criteria for identification, teacher preparation, and selection and use of instructional approaches.

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Building A Data Informed Digital Ecosystem That Supports Educational Equity

Sponsor: itsLearning
Posted: October 17, 2018

A primary benefit of integrating technology into the K-12 curriculum is that it facilitates data-driven decision making. Educators can now use student performance data to personalize learning and improve academic outcomes. Used thoughtfully, technology can be viewed as the great equalizer in education. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators, provide access to multiple sources of high-quality content, introduce learning methods that promote active learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners. Benefits of digital learning include increased student engagement, the ability to personalize learning and intervention for struggling students.

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National Survey: How Educators Really Feel About Educational Technology

Sponsors: DreamBox Learning & PBS
Posted: October 1, 2018

DreamBox Learning® and PBS, in partnership with the Education Week Research Center, recently surveyed teachers and administrators on whether or not educational technology can be an effective tool for differentiation to improve student outcomes. This white paper explores key findings that explore the value of personalized learning to educators, current challenges for teachers using educational technology, and how the right support can meet the needs of educators.

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Ensure Coaching Success: A Guide To Effective Coaching Practices

Sponsor: Corwin
Posted: October 1, 2018

Educators agree that the goal of school-based coaching is to improve student learning by providing continuous, relevant, and job-embedded support to teachers. This guide explores opportunities to boost teacher growth and improve student achievement.

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Literacy PD: 10 Reasons Why It’s Essential

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris Learning
Posted: October 1, 2018

A skilled instructor can change the lives of students. But, many educators are not prepared to teach all students to read, especially those who struggle. Here are 10 reasons, based on research, why LETRS professional development is essential for raising reading achievement and empowering teachers.

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The class of 2030 and life-ready learning: The technology imperative

Sponsor: Microsoft
Posted: September 15, 2018

This McKinsey Whitepaper addresses the critical role technology will play in preparing the kindergartners of today for the vastly different world they will graduate into in 2030.

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Guide to Meeting the Next Generation Science Standards

Sponsor: DefinedSTEM
Posted: September 15, 2018

The Next Generation Science Standards require educators to shift their classroom focus from transmission of information to application of knowledge through real-world experiences. While the benefits are clear, how to meet these standards presents educators with a new set of challenges. Download this guide to learn how to help students apply their knowledge and meet the performance expectations of the NGSS through authentic performance tasks.

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What Should Middle School Assessment Look Like?

Sponsor: Carolina Biological Supply Company
Posted: September 15, 2018

A great middle school assessment system can positively impact students' learning of the multidimensional standards of the NGSS. Smaller-scale, more-detailed goals can be unpacked while still examining aspects of student progress in all three NGSS dimensions. These smaller goals can be assessed in stages to ensure students are prepared to meet rigorous performance expectations.

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Research Shows School Libraries in New Light

Sponsor: littleBits
Posted: September 15, 2018

The littleBits Education team commissioned research to better understand the changing nature of school libraries. This whitepaper presents these findings, along with actionable strategies for school administrators and educators to work alongside media specialists and librarians to start and scale their STEAM programs.

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The Principles of Effective Mathematics Programs

Sponsor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Posted: September 15, 2018

HMH author, Dr. Matt Larson, discusses how the research-informed instructional strategies, to support effective teaching and learning of mathematics, are embedded throughout the HMH Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 curriculum.

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3 Critical Strategies to Improve Third Grade Reading Proficiency

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: September 15, 2018

Third-grade reading proficiency is one of the most important indicators of future academic success. The stakes are so high that in addition to helping struggling students close the gap by grade three, teachers must also ensure on-target students do not begin to fall behind. Read this whitepaper by Dr. Liz Brooke to learn about 3 critical success factors for effective prevention and intervention to help your students achieve third-grade reading proficiency.

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4 Benefits of Refining your Assessment Strategy

Sponsor: ANet
Posted: September 1, 2018

Let’s face it: “assessment” has become a bit of a jumbled mess in education. Good intentions, not-so-good outcomes. Teachers are particularly frustrated with the amount of testing kids experience, and how little value it provides to teachers and students. But we have some good news: there are moves district and school leaders can make to reclaim assessments as an integral tool for improving teaching and learning. This report provides a step-by-step approach to building an assessment strategy that does just that.

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How to Build a 36-Week Character Education Curriculum

Sponsor: Mentoring Minds
Posted: September 1, 2018

This guide gives you the tools to customize a character education curriculum to match your classroom or school needs. The suggested activities are adaptable for any grade level and address a wide range of learning preferences. They also provide plenty of opportunities for school-wide, community, and family engagement. Inside, you’ll find a list of 36 character traits, 36 suggested projects and activities, tips for customizing your own character education curriculum, and the research behind character education.

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4 ways your peers are getting the most from digital books

Sponsor: OverDrive
Posted: September 1, 2018

Leaders in digital education use ebooks and audiobooks in innovative ways. Digital books provide customization at the district, building and individual reader level, and across four specific areas that deepen the reading and learning experience for students and streamline classroom tasks for teachers. Learn how four educators are using ebooks and audiobooks to maximize student agency, personalization, integration and engagement.

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Get More from a Score: One Test, Many Measures

Sponsor: Scantron
Posted: September 1, 2018

One of the biggest complaints that parents, teachers, and administrators have today is “too much testing!” These stakeholders express strong concern that as new standards are adopted, testing will increase even further. What if there were a single test you could administer two to four times a year that took less than an hour to provide a coherent system of measures?

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The Responsive Organization Playbook

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: September 1, 2018

As an organization, Education Elements frequently looks for ways to improve how our teams collaborate, make decisions, and achieve their goals. That's one reason we created the Responsive Organization Playbook to capture the secret sauce for how we create ongoing and effective learning and collaboration. Based on our research, internal projects, and client work over the past eight years, we have developed our own agile, responsive practices. The Responsive Org Playbook is full of the lessons we’ve learned and exercises you can use to inform changes to your leadership practice as you guide your school or district toward becoming a thriving and responsive organization.

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Educators Believe Educational Technology Can Personalize Learning

Sponsors: DreamBox Learning & PBS
Posted: August 27, 2018

Teachers and administrators say educational technology can be an effective tool for differentiation — which they largely agree helps to improve student outcomes. But they want more professional development in pedagogy and instructional methods, as well as more training in using tech tools. And they could use more and better devices, according to a new survey from DreamBox Learning, PBS, and the Education Week Research Center. This whitepaper highlights survey findings and provides valuable insight into educators’ perceptions of digital tools.

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The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

Sponsor: Solution Tree
Posted: August 15, 2018

Feedback is complicated. Strategies are not transferable to every context; nuance and contextual sensitivity matter most, since strategies can have a varying degree of success from classroom to classroom. This whitepaper identifies the key attributes of effective feedback to help educators to grow and to allow students to concentrate on what comes next so they continue to learn and improve.

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ESSA: An Opportunity for American Educators

Sponsor: Solution Tree
Posted: April 18, 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an opportunity for increased student achievement across the United States by allowing states a greater degree of freedom and control over public K-12 education. To take advantage of this opportunity, states must abandon the thinking that led to the failure of previous reforms such as No Child Left Behind and instead embrace a new mindset about the most promising strategies for improving schools. That new mindset must include supporting teacher collaboration, establishing clarity of purpose, providing ongoing feedback, creating conditions that allow educators to succeed, and sustaining improvement through the PLC process.

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The New Mindframe on Assessment

Sponsor: Corwin
Posted: March 22, 2018

John Hattie’s new mindframes for Visible Learning research identifies “Assessment shows me my effect” as a shift in thinking about the value of classroom assessment. The new mindframe suggests that when thinking about assessment, including formative assessments, as a reflection of a teacher’s effort more than the students’ it turns assessment into a positive force for designing instruction. This experience is described by one school district who implemented the Common Formative Assessments 2.0 process as they dived deeper into their implementation of Visible Learning.

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