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Why K-12 Cybersecurity Involves More Than Just CIPA Compliance

Sponsor: iboss Cybersecurity
Posted: February 15, 2018

At the very least, the policy must include the use of web filters that block potentially threatening content that could reach students by means of email, chat rooms, or other electronic communications. But what exactly qualifies as potentially threatening content in the realm of academia? Read this whitepaper to learn more.

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Assessment is Everything

Sponsor: Instructure
Posted: February 5, 2018

Assessments measure student learning and provide a powerful means for improving achievement. Learn how Canvas provides a quick and easy way to make formative assessments.

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Creating A Robust STEM Program

Sponsor: Discovery
Posted: February 1, 2018

Ask any educator about the importance of STEM, and their head will start to nod up and down before you can even finish asking the question. But ask the same people how to create a robust STEM program in their schools, and you're more likely to give them pause.

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How the Right Technology Keeps Students Engaged

Sponsor: itslearning
Posted: February 1, 2018

Student Engagement: How the Right Technology Supports Pedagogy, Personalizes Learning, and Keeps Students Engaged. Using an enterprise-level Learning Management System, school districts can effectively address low student engagement while also offering a personalized learning environment and supporting pedagogy. Getting students interested, eager, and ready to learn at the beginning of class is one thing, but keeping that interest throughout the entire classroom period, while they’re doing their homework, as they complete online lessons, and while they study for exams is an entirely different challenge.

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5 Approaches to Closing the Soft Skills Gap

Sponsor: Avid
Posted: January 15, 2018

Whether you call them soft skills, workforce-ready skills, or 21st century skills, discover how businesses are partnering with school districts to equip students with the necessary skills to succeed in college and careers. This resource provides practical recommendations for businesses and schools seeking to make an impact together and profiles five successful partnerships established by Nike, Ernst & Young, Wegmans, Wynn Las Vegas, and the Northern Kentucky Education Council.

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A Complete Guide to Balanced Assessment Systems

Sponsor: Illuminate Education
Posted: January 15, 2018

What does a high-quality assessment system look like? This resource will help you understand the components of a comprehensive balanced district assessment program. It also outlines the steps to creating an intelligent, efficient, cost-effective system of assessments that can support stakeholder decision-making and enhance student outcomes at all levels.

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Prepare All Students for College, Work, and Life

Sponsor: Apex Learning
Posted: January 15, 2018

The world of work is quickly redefining what it means to be ready. Students need to be great communicators and critical thinkers that can tackle novel problems. In order to prepare students to be really ready for their futures, we must define what that means for them now—not just once they graduate from high school. How can your district ensure all students are prepared for key readiness skills across all subject areas? Find out more in this white paper, written in collaboration between Getting Smart and Apex Learning.

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Teacher Clarity, Leveraging Hattie’s Effect Size Research

Sponsor: Corwin
Posted: January 15, 2018

For feedback to be effective and formative assessments to change practice, teachers need a clear understanding of what they’re teaching and the expectations for students. Teacher Clarity is a process for bringing focus to the most important components of instruction—identifying the learning intentions and success criteria—cutting away aspects that don’t help learning. Read about Caldwell School District’s success story with Teacher Clarity—how they achieved gains in student performance, and agency and teacher effectiveness.

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The State of Modern Device Deployment in Education

Sponsor: Microsoft
Posted: January 3, 2018

Schools considering upgrading or replacing their devices are not only faced with the challenge of finding the right affordable laptops, but also with discovering a solution to quickly deploy those devices across hundreds of students and staff. Learn about opportunities for IT professionals in education in this whitepaper The State of Modern Device Deployment in Education and see how some of the major cloud-based management solutions stack up in fitting IT needs and enabling better student learning outcomes.

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Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum

Sponsor: Dreambox Learning
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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Guiding Instruction in Intervention Programs

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: January 1, 2018

Mastery measures can show teachers why a student is struggling and what they need to progress—invaluable information when monitoring progress in an intervention program. When you use a rigorous mastery measure based on a strong skills framework, you can get instructionally sensitive data that improves outcomes for struggling students.

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The State of Modern Device Deployment in Education

Sponsor: Microsoft
Posted: December 15, 2017

Schools considering upgrading or replacing their devices are not only faced with the challenge of finding the right affordable laptops, but also with discovering a solution to quickly deploy those devices across hundreds of students and staff. Learn about opportunities for IT professionals in education in this whitepaper The State of Modern Device Deployment in Education and see how some of the major cloud-based management solutions stack up in fitting IT needs and enabling better student learning outcomes.

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Supporting English Language Learners: Best Practices

Sponsor: Apex Learning
Posted: December 15, 2017

Nearly three out of four classrooms include at least one English language learner. Instruction for these students needs to simultaneously build English language fluency and subject-level mastery. This special report discusses research and best practices for working with English language learners and strategies outlining the path to offering highly effective instruction.

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Your Guide to Digital Records Management

Sponsor: YellowFolder
Posted: December 8, 2017

School districts have a paper accumulation problem and that contributes to a variety of issues - wasted budget, wasted time, and wasted space to name a few. The assumption is storing and managing paper records is easier and cheaper than anything else. In fact, this isn’t the case: districts can cut costs by up to 90% and save up to 40% in time by going digital with their records. This guide contains hard data on the financial, environmental, safety, and legal benefits of digital records management.

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Improve teachers’ workflow and ability stay on top of student activity and progress

Sponsor: Newsela
Posted: October 1, 2017

Learn how North Carolina administrators persevered, despite budget challenges, to fulfill teacher demand for Newsela PRO. This district profile outlines how Buncombe County Schools were able to:

  • Enhance lessons across multiple subject areas with differentiated content that engaged students
  • Improve teachers’ workflow and ability stay on top of student activity and progress
  • Prove case for investment for district-wide implementation of Newsela PRO
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