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The Educator’s Guide to Communicating with Video

Sponsor: NEWTEK
Posted: April 15, 2019

Thinking about what a multi-camera video production setup could do for your school, but don't know where to start? Get the fast track on everything you need to know in The Educator's Guide to Video a free resource full of tips, advice, and use case scenarios.

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Teachers Learn Through Lesson Study

Sponsor: Carolina Biological Supply Company
Posted: April 15, 2019

Teachers take a scientific approach to teaching and learning through the lesson study method of professional development. This strategy focuses on teaching rather than teachers, and students working rather than their work. Educators at OCM BOCES in New York State have embraced lesson study to improve their instructional practices while implementing new science standards.

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A Dyslexia Toolkit

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: April 15, 2019

Brought to you by Pearson Clinical Assessment, a dyslexia toolkit with resources for screening, identification, intervention, and progress monitoring. The suggested tools can be used across a wide range of professional group and user qualification levels.

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Evaluating Global Digital Education: Student Outcomes Framework

Sponsor: Global Cities
Posted: April 10, 2019

Educating students to become globally competent adults has never been a more important task for those preparing the next generation to live and work in a globalized and digitally connected world. The challenge for global education is determining the content of curricula, how best to teach it, and whether efforts to accomplish its goal are working. This paper presents the innovative approach of global digital exchange, defines what globally competent students should learn, and introduces an evaluation framework for global education based on student learning outcomes. Global Cities, Inc. developed these student learning outcomes, which provide a comprehensive and coherent picture of global competency in the classroom, based on the experience of Global Scholars, the digital exchange currently connecting over 15,500 students around the world. The paper was co-published by Bloomberg Philanthropies and OECD. Download Evaluating Global Digital Education: Student Outcomes Framework

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Better Together: A Trauma Informed Approach to SEL

Sponsor: 321insight
Posted: April 10, 2019

Although they are commonly thought of as two separate initiatives it is worthwhile to ask the question, “Can Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and trauma informed practices support student growth more effectively when they are implemented together?” SEL and trauma informed practices have many conceptual and practical similarities. At the same time each has unique components that can help make the other more effective in helping students learn and grow. As educators look for ways to more effectively support student growth, we think there is logic in considering SEL and trauma informed practices not as separate or competing mechanisms, but practices that work better together. This guide provides examples of ways SEL and trauma informed practices, implemented together, offer a more powerful and comprehensive support for student growth than either can achieve alone.

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Redefining Educator Career Pathways with Micro-credentials
A BluePrint for Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Educators

Sponsor: Bloomboard
Posted: April 1, 2019

Turnover in the teaching profession is higher than ever, especially in critical instructional areas such as STEM, special education, and in highly impoverished geographic areas. The most frequently cited reasons for leaving the profession include lack of administrative support, dissatisfaction with teaching as a career, and dissatisfaction with working conditions.

Designed for district and school leaders, this guide provides a deeper look at educator career pathways and the role competency-based professional learning plays in supporting educator career and compensation advancement. You'll learn about the benefits of competency-based professional learning and how developing well-articulated career pathways aligned to specific competencies could be one solution to helping teachers envision a more robust career that sustains them in the profession.

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Finding the Formula: Understanding How Schools Can Improve Student Motivation

Sponsor: America Achieves
Posted: April 1, 2019

This new report from America Achieves Educator Networks synthesizes relevant research and case studies to explore what student motivation actually means; how it can be addressed at the school and classroom levels through a deliberate focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships; and promising practices from schools that educators can implement.

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Take the guesswork out of ESSA compliance

Sponsor: Xello
Posted: April 1, 2019

With all state's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans filed, districts now have the daunting task of building actionable initiatives to drive results. To help, we’ve created a guide that outlines the act’s key challenges and provides some options to achieve your college and career readiness goals.

Download our guide and learn:

  • The significance of college and career readiness (CCR) as a key ESSA success indicator
  • How online career planning software helps meet an array of ESSA related goals
  • The nuances of introducing a district-wide program that achieves objectives and excites students.

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A Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement

Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Posted: April 1, 2019

When parents are engaged in their children’s learning, students succeed, but educators often need support in engaging with families. Carnegie Corporation of New York commissioned the Global Family Research Project to create a white paper on family engagement — its history, critical importance, and best practices. Download the complete report to learn about successful models and how to address the five high-leverage areas identified by researchers: attendance, data sharing, academic and social development, digital media, and transition points.

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Turning Insight into Action: Engaging Early Learners

Sponsor: NWEA
Posted: April 1, 2019

Early learners have unique learning needs. That’s why they require resources and tools made just for them. In this eBook, you’ll discover what to look for in high-quality assessments for early learners and why these tools are vital for student, school, and district success.

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Lessons Learned Implementing Custom OER at Scale

Sponsor: XanEdu
Posted: March 27, 2019

Curriculum experts from several of the largest districts in the country plus one state DOE share lessons they learned from delivering custom and OER curricula at scale. These educators provide valuable insights into increasing access and equity, overcoming challenges with the traditional course material model, and improving outcomes. Learn how they overcame key challenges and barriers to implementing curricula tailored to their unique students at scale.

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MTSS: Ensure Equitable Outcomes for All Students

Sponsor: Illuminate Education
Posted: March 13, 2019

This eBook explores how any central office can work towards true education equity through an MTSS based on combined student and school performance data. You’ll discover which school-based data points are most relevant, which on-site supports are most effective, and how to ensure continuous improvement.

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ASD Budget Toolkit for Small School Districts

Sponsor: Robokind
Posted: March 1, 2019

In this toolkit you'll receive "3 Ways to Support Students with ASD in your Small School District" and "5 Tips to Trim Expenses Without Shortchanging Students with ASD", guides filled with resources and tips to help you:

  • Align IEPs with the tools your classrooms are using
  • Explore funding resources
  • Discover free resources for ASD screening support
  • And much more!

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Creating Connections with SEL and Boys Town

Sponsor: Boys Town
Posted: March 1, 2019

For more than three decades, Boys Town education experts have partnered with educators to transform school culture; creating safer, more effective learning environments. The Boys Town Education Model® puts research-proven methods to work in a variety of educational settings. Providing classroom teachers, administrators, and support staff the tools to implement a comprehensive multi-tiered system approach to creating and encouraging respectful staff-student relationships by changing the way schools address student behavior.

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Dyslexia: How to Identify Warning Signs at Every Grade

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: March 1, 2019

If Henry had a dime for every time his teacher asked him to try harder, he’d be a rich kid! Henry is trying hard, but he struggles with dyslexia. Unfortunately, students like Henry who continuously struggle and don’t receive the appropriate supports have a higher likelihood of dropping out compared to their peers. Read the new whitepaper by Dr. Pamela Hook to learn how to recognize the warning signs of dyslexia at different grade levels, and how to provide effective interventions so that students like Henry can become successful readers and motivated learners.

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Have you discovered Sora? Books they want, tools they need.

Sponsor: OverDrive
Posted: February 1, 2019

Sora is a K-12 app designed around the modern reading experience that empowers students and educators with access to the most extensive and diverse catalog of ebooks and audiobooks for schools. Discover what Sora can do for reading engagement in your school with a free trial.

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Empowering Teacher Effectiveness: 5 Key Factors for Success

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: January 15, 2019

Connecting student data to the appropriate instructional strategies and resources remains one of the greatest obstacles to teacher effectiveness. Curriculum-focused PD helps teachers understand “what” they need to teach, but the questions of “why” specific students require certain instructional resources and “when” to use those resources aren’t always addressed. Read about 5 key factors for success that will unlock schools’ ability to empower teachers and improve student outcomes for all students.

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How Readers with Learning Differences Boost Proficiency

Sponsor: Learning Ally
Posted: January 10, 2019

Learning Ally Audiobook Solution can help students boost reading proficiency and become engaged and confident learners in the classroom and at home. Download this case study to learn more.

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7 Common Signs of Dyslexia: An Educator’s Guide

Sponsor: Learning Ally
Posted: December 6, 2018

Dyslexia often goes undiagnosed. As a result, students struggle and fail to reach their potential. Accommodations and resources are available to help these students achieve success in school and beyond. Learning Ally guides you to understanding the signs of dyslexia and steps you can take to support your struggling readers. Download Guide to Dyslexia

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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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