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K-12 IT SUPPORT PLAYBOOK

Provided by: Team Dynamix

Reduce call volume and support tickets with an online portal for students, parents, and teachers. Kickstart K-12 IT helpdesk support with this timely playbook. Learn how you can quickly spin up a support portal with a knowledge base.

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Prepare Your Educators to Teach Reading

Provided by: Voyager Sopris Learning

Teaching reading is a complex process that incorporates decades of research into how students learn and how it can be effectively taught. Unfortunately, most teacher-preparation programs and professional leaning do not equip educators to understand and effectively implement the science of reading in daily instructional practice. Learn more about why the science of reading approach helps equip teachers and students for reading success in the eBook, The Science of Reading: Tools and Resources to Support Your Literacy Instruction.

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Remote Learning Checklist: Actionable tips for forward-thinking educators

Provided by: Lexia Learning

The shift to remote learning was swift but uneven, and the resultant digital divide poses serious questions about educational equity. Because social distancing recommendations may change as schools reopen, districts need to develop a mixed model of remote and in-class learning. The four-phase approach in this checklist provides a road map for creating remote learning plans, and lists proven traits and frameworks educators should rely on that have prepared schools and districts for this moment.

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How Are District Leaders Preparing for this Year?

Provided by: Curriculum Associates

What do district leaders say about the top challenges they’re facing while planning for back to school in 2020? Read the new whitepaper, One Hundred Leaders' View on the Back to School Challenge, to learn what top district leaders think are the most pressing challenges this back to school and the tools they will need to overcome those challenges.

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Integrating SEL into Remote Learning

Provided by: Solution Tree

In this guide, authors Lauren Porosoff and Jonathan Weinstein, PhD, help you find ways to integrate SEL into remote learning. You will uncover reasons to focus on self-care, social connection, and values discovery during remote learning, modifications to use when working with students in virtual spaces, and a series of protocols that you can start using immediately.

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Transitioning to Remote Learning and Progress Monitoring: How One District Connected Home and School During COVID-19

Provided by: Istation

Recouping skill loss after the challenges created by COVID-19 is top of mind for educational leaders planning for back to school. Every student will need some sort of intervention. How do you close skill gaps, monitor progress and get powerful student growth no matter where the learning takes place? Read one district's story to see how they implemented remote learning with success and kept students' skill levels rising! District leaders share practical strategies to support educators, plus tips to increase home usage of ed-tech tools and ways to strengthen the school to home connection.

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Supporting Diversity in STEM Education

Provided by: Carolina Biological

Including diversity and cultural relevance in science education provides an opportunity for all STEM learners to feel connected and important, and actively engage in learning. Equity in science education starts with finding and identifying a STEM curriculum that serves all students without providing a particular benefit to any specific group. As diverse classrooms continue to grow, so should equity and inclusiveness in science educational resources.

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CARES Act Funding for Special Education—What You Need to Know

Provided by: n2y

Download this whitepaper to learn about remote learning challenges, allowable uses for ESSER funding, the special education programs aligned with stimulus objectives, and everything else you need to know about applying for CARES Act funding as it relates to supporting special education students.

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The State of Cybersecurity Education in K-12 Schools

Provided by: Cyber.org and the Education Week Research Center

Despite the critical need to build the cybersecurity workforce pipeline, investments in K-12 cyber education have been modest. In fact, according to new research conducted by CYBER.ORG. in tandem with the EdWeek Research Center, less than half of K-12 students in the U.S. are currently receiving some type of cybersecurity education, and access to those resources varies considerably. The study, “The State of Cybersecurity Education in K-12 Schools”, also revealed that students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds where schools are in close proximity to technology companies had the greatest access to cyber education, while students from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds were the least likely to have the option for cyber education. Additionally, educators say that most students are not well-informed about the educational and career requirements associated with cybersecurity jobs.

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The Substitute Teacher Gap: Recruitment and Retention Challenges in the Age of Covid-19

Provided by: Kelly Education and the Education Week Research Center

Download this whitepaper to access a new, nationally representative survey from the EdWeek Research Center that sheds light on substitute teacher recruitment and retention.

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Back-to-School 2020 Toolkit

Provided by: Illuminate Education

Create a flexible, data-driven plan for supporting students’ academic and social-emotional behavior (SEB) needs into the summer and throughout the coming school year—whether in a remote, onsite, or blended environment. Discover spring, summer, and fall action steps with aligned resources to support your team each step of the way. Your toolkit includes worksheets, checklists, data analysis questions, a communication plan template, and more!

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Drive Student Success with Alignment Now

Provided by: CenterPoint

This summer, educators and leaders will be dealing with understanding the depths of learning loss and the social emotional needs students face due to the COVID-19 crisis. They will also be developing teaching plans to accelerate learning trajectories while making contingency plans for different possible learning environments. With all of this on their plates, why should they focus on alignment? Because during this time of potential chaos, alignment has actually never been more important. In this article, explore the ways alignment of curriculum, assessment, and professional learning can drive student success this fall.

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Keep Students on Track with Database Access

Provided by: Gale

Need help integrating virtual learning into instruction? Gale databases provide educators with trustworthy resources that ensure equitable access and personalization for all students across the K-12 continuum. Read the results from a nationwide study, conducted by Project Tomorrow® in partnership with Gale, a Cengage Company, that assessed the benefits of using educational databases and their impact on student outcomes.

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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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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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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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