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10 Ways to Help K12 Students Master Academic Language

Sponsor: Lexia Learning
Posted: May 15, 2019

As students progress through school, they are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of sophistication in their language and reading skills. Read this white paper to learn why strong academic language skills are critical for reading comprehension and how these skills translate into achievement across all subject areas.

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Cloud Security Solutions for K-12 Schools

Sponsor: ManagedMethods
Posted: May 15, 2019

There are 3 distinct layers of cloud security that are fundamentally important to K-12 educational institutions that use Google G Suite, Office 365 and other cloud apps. It’s important to note, however, that not every layer is needed by every organization. Rather, the need is determined by district interests, priorities, and budgets. This ebook explains these different layers, the types of security problems each address, how to determine which layers are the right fit for your district, and provides use cases of schools using these layers to protect their students and staff.

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The ART of Assessment

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: May 15, 2019

Standardized clinical assessments are extremely useful scientific instruments that inform—but do not replace—professional judgement. This white paper describes the Approach, Responsibility, and Technology of clinical assessments, and why standardized assessments are an important part of clinical assessment practices.

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Assessing Children who Utilize Cochlear Implants

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: May 14, 2019

The combination of PPVT(TM)-5 and EVT(TM)-3 provides an accurate picture of receptive and expressive language ability for professionals completing screening and comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for language, reading, and cognitive skills. Studies have shown that as many as 14.9 percent of children have some level of hearing impairment. A child who uses assistive technology such as cochlear implants may be able to hear the speech sounds, but may still have difficulty discriminating between some of them. The child may also communicate primarily through other methods, creating variability in test results. Learn the other factors involved in their level of language vocabulary ability and their impact on test results.

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Teacher Moves That Engage Students in Discourse

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: May 3, 2019

Mathematical discourse is an incredibly valuable tool, but it doesn’t just happen. In this new whitepaper, Grace Kelemanik, M.S.T. and Amy Lucenta, M.Ed. explain the teacher moves that enable discourse and deep mathematical thinking in today’s classroom. Read this whitepaper to discover actionable tips and specific teacher actions that encourage student engagement in mathematics.

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A Practical Guide to Analyzing Data

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: May 1, 2019

Approaching your data by asking specific questions and using a Data Analysis Protocol helps you stay objective, focuses your analysis, and gives you a place to start when looking at data. It saves you time and allows you to create a plan for immediate action in your classroom. Use a Data Analysis Protocol like A Practical Guide to Analyzing Data to examine your data and plan your instruction.

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Establishing a Districtwide Data Culture in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: May 1, 2019

Findings from a recent study conducted by Curriculum Associates show that having a strong data culture was a common characteristic of schools and districts whose students experienced high growth. One of these districts is Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the United States. It serves 345,000 students who speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries in 392 schools. Recently, Miami-Dade has made monumental improvements in student achievement, graduation rates, and overall school performance grades.

This case study seeks to explore what a data culture looks like within a successful district while getting into the “how” of implementation. It will also provide practical advice to educators looking to establish new data-driven practices to support their students’ growth.

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Alignment Matters: A Framework to Drive Learning

Sponsor: CenterPoint Education Solutions
Posted: May 1, 2019

School and district leaders struggle with assessing the degree to which their academic system of curriculum, assessments, and instruction is aligned and whether it will advance learning and promote equity. Based on our work in 16 states, CenterPoint has developed a framework that uses seven elements of alignment to guide important conversations at the classroom, school, and district level. This framework will support leaders in their pursuit of an aligned system that drives student learning.

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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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Global Competency You Can See: Evaluating Student Outcomes

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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4 Powerful Tips to Implement OER Successfully

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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Making the Most of Special Ed Funding for Students with Autism

Sponsor: Robokind
Posted: March 1, 2019

We know that offering robust support for students with autism spectrum disorder and funding those programs can be a challenge for school districts. That’s why we’ve compiled this toolkit featuring resources to maximize your ability to serve students with special needs, support the needs of your staff, and minimize program expenses.

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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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