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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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The Need for Research-Based Literacy PD

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris Learning
Posted: January 15, 2019

Teachers matter more to student success than any other aspect of schooling. This whitepaper focuses on the need for professional development that fills gaps in teacher preparation and translates the extensive body of research about language and literacy development into effective classroom practice.

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Early STEM Exposure Through Career-Focused PBL

Sponsor: DefinedSTEM
Posted: January 15, 2019

Exposure to STEM concepts and careers should begin in elementary school when students’ natural curiosity is greatest. Providing students with opportunities to connect STEM skills to possible career paths expands their vision of what is possible in life. This white paper explains how educators can link STEM concepts to careers in the early grades and provides three keys to success.

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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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The K-12 Trailblazer’s Guide to Salesforce

Sponsor: Salesforce.org
Posted: January 8, 2019

K-12 schools and districts are powered by a tight-knit community of staff, supporters, partners, and families. And with the right technology—one that puts students at the center—that community gets even tighter. Education Cloud for K-12 enables stakeholder collaboration to boost academic outcomes, raise more funds, achieve process efficiencies, and better engage parents. Download the e-book to learn more about what the world's #1 CRM platform can do for K-12 schools and districts.

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Five Misconceptions About School Shootings

Sponsor: WestEd
Posted: January 2, 2019

School shootings are the subject of debate in the media and in communities across the United States, and there is much discussion about prevention and the root causes of such attacks. In concise, clear language, this research brief, produced by the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, describes and refutes five common misconceptions about school shootings and suggests an evidence-based strategy to reduce the probability of attacks.

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Skyrocket Language Acquisition in the Classroom

Sponsor: Voyager Sopris Learning
Posted: January 2, 2019

English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing group of students in our nation’s schools; however, they are disproportionately underserved and underachieving. This whitepaper analyzes the problems that ELLs face and demonstrates that educators are more likely to succeed in teaching students how to read if they have a deeper understanding of the cognitive, emotional, and cultural challenges their students are facing while trying to learn English and course content simultaneously. By providing an understanding of ELLs’ unique needs as they acquire a new language, teachers can utilize the suggested brain-aligned strategies to foster the development of successful English language-learning readers.

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Measuring growth―Are you getting these 7 factors right?

Sponsors: NWEA
Posted: January 1, 2019

Growth data can have a huge impact on the classroom—but only if your assessment and data are precise and accurate. Discover seven key criteria for measuring growth well.

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How Your District can address student behavioral issues outside the classroom

Sponsor: First Student, Inc.
Posted: December 15, 2018

FirstACTS® (Active Conduct Tracking System) is a web-based communication tool powered by First Student. This tool easily and efficiently reports and tracks student behavior concerns on the school bus. An Illinois school district implemented the FirstACTS® tool and saw significant improvement in student behavior, communication, and driver satisfaction.

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Culturally Responsive Mathematics Teaching

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: December 15, 2018

Culturally responsive mathematics teaching (CRMT) is about inviting all students into mathematics as participants because their ways of thinking and reasoning are worth sharing. It’s about ensuring each and every learner not only has success with mathematics, but also comes to see mathematics as a tool to examine the world. This whitepaper reflects on four elements of CRMT and strategies that educators have implemented in their classrooms.

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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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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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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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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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