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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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Educational Equity: 3 Keys to Improving Student Achievement

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: September 15, 2018

Providing students with an equitable education—meaning each student receives the specific resources and supports that they need—is not possible unless the classroom teacher is properly supported. Read this white paper by Dr. Suzanne Carreker, Lexia’s Principal Educational Lead, to learn about 3 strategies that support teachers' efforts to help all students reach their full potential.

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Teaching Comes First—A New Vision for Assessment

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 First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

Sponsor: Education Elements
Posted: September 1, 2018

The first 20 days are essential for setting up classroom procedures and expectations and are also the moments that will set the stage for personalized learning all year long. Taking the time to implement these tactics and establish rules and routines during the first weeks of school will allow students to become the center of their own learning experiences. In this white paper, you will find a suggested weekly format along with 5 tactics to implement every week, as well as ample resources to support the implementation of each tactic.

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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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A Practical Guide to “Evidence-Based” under ESSA

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: August 1, 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the importance of “evidence-based” research and efficacy to improve student outcomes. Understanding not only the technicalities of what the law deems evidence-based, but also what questions to ask when evaluating a solution will help districts find the products and programs that best fit their needs. This whitepaper provides practical guidance on:
• How the new legislation defines “evidence-based”
• Five important questions to ask when evaluating evidence-based interventions under ESSA
• How to cut through research jargon and answer the question, “Does this intervention truly help students?”

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What Does Evidence-Based Really Mean Under ESSA?

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: August 1, 2018

ESSA prompts schools to use evidence-based interventions with students, particularly if those students qualify for Title 1 funding. While NCLB asked that schools use "scientifically based" interventions, ESSA has taken it a step further by encouraging schools and districts to put money and effort into programs and strategies that are backed by actual evidence, not just theory. Read "Understanding ESSA: What Does Evidence-Based Really Mean?" to learn what exactly "evidence-based" and "proven" results mean when it comes to ESSA.

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Getting Real About Career Readiness

Sponsor: America Achieves
Posted: July 17, 2018

What do students need to know and be able to do to be successful in 21st century careers and life? Getting Real about Career Readiness: A Focus on Cross-Sector Competencies is the first in a series of multi-media white papers from America Achieves Educator Networks on promising education practices for preparing students for the changing world of work.

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Identify What’s Most Important to Teach

Sponsor: Marzano Research
Posted: July 3, 2018

Feel like there’s never enough time to teach all of the content in your standards documents? To help, our experts have identified the critical concepts for ELA, mathematics, and science. Get started by downloading our free white paper, The Critical Concepts.

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The EdTech Efficacy Handbook

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: July 1, 2018

If your district or school is in the market for education technology programs, it’s essential to find and validate evidence of efficacy before you adopt and purchase. Third-party studies are essential, as is research conducted internally by school districts. In this guide for district leaders and educators, we’ll explain why you should insist on both—and show you where to find evidence-based information on solutions that truly move the needle and improve outcomes.

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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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Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum

Sponsor: Dreambox
Posted: January 1, 2018

This resource is designed to address the challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum to help districts effectively make the transition. Through providing effective practices and resources for districts, this guide will allow you to plan for success, understand your digital and curriculum options, and implement your program with fidelity. Download this guide to help inform your digital content and curriculum strategy.

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