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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

Can You Make the Right Match?

You open a box of assorted chocolates, only to find that there are no labels — and no way to pick the perfect candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. You choose one, heart filled with hope, pop it in your mouth… and quickly realize you made the wrong choice — it’s the one flavor you detest.  
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What’s Important About ESSA’s Definition of Professional Development?

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one sentence in particular has gotten the attention of educators who work in professional learning:The term ‘professional development’ means activities that … are sustained (not stand-alone, 1-day, or short-term workshops), intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and classroom-focused.  
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Is RTI Making a Difference?

The next generation holds as much diversity as it does potential, so having the best possible intervention systems in place is critical. From classroom curriculum to afterschool programs to employee professional development, your district’s ability to cope with the various challenges students face will play a huge role in your impact on students’ education.
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4 Stories about Substitutes as Heroes

Every day, substitutes enter classrooms across the country, ready to tackle new challenges and bring new learning opportunities to every student. And it takes a lot of courage to face a brand-new class of unfamiliar faces every single day, so we think that all substitutes are heroes.  
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Flipped Professional Learning: A Crash Course

You know how creative learning strategies help your students learn. You see the benefits when students absorb teaching outside of classroom time, then come together with teachers and classmates to practice and apply what they’ve learned. Trying (and sometimes failing) in a safe place solidifies the lesson. ​“Flipped learning” is clearly good for students. Why don’t we offer it for our teachers?
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5 Examples of Outstanding District Marketing

When you invest in your district’s brand and marketing strategy, everyone benefits. It becomes easier to attract more students and talented teachers, improve community engagement and maintain an excellent reputation. If you need a few ideas for marketing your own organization, take a look at what these five diverse districts are doing to build up their brand and achieve their goals.  
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A Worthwhile Glance: Your Favorite Blog Posts of 2016

The start of any new year is a time for looking back, as well as ahead.   We covered a lot of ground on the Frontline Education blog last year. Topics ranged from the teacher shortage, to increasing teacher engagement in professional learning, to running an effective substitute program, to big ideas for student interventions. 60 posts, well over 50,000 words, and plenty of insights.  
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Our Winter Break Reading List

Books to get you through the long, dark nights.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, tomorrow we’ll see the least amount of daylight all year. Here, just outside of Philadelphia, the sun will say goodnight at 4:40 pm. But while it’s easy to tire of the early darkness and frigid temperatures, these are also the perfect conditions for cracking a good book. After all, winter break is just days away. We asked education leaders what they’ve been reading lately. Here are some of their recommendations, both new and old, of books that are helpful, thought-provoking, challenging and inspiring.  
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The Experts Are in the Room

Frontline Research & Learning Institute’s first installment of a new report series, Bridging the Gap, analyzes anonymized data from Frontline Professional Growth in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s definition of effective professional development.   
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