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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

Podcast: Employee Wellness at Emporia Public Schools

Employee wellness programs aren’t just for corporate America anymore. In Emporia Public Schools, former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Andy Koenigs led the charge to create an incredibly successful wellness initiative from scratch.  
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Bring Clarity to Section 504

For many educators, understanding Section 504 remains difficult, and raises several questions, such as: What is the practical intent of this law? Are Section 504 accommodation plans simply “light” IEPs?
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Hiring Process Deal-breakers

There’s a lot to look for when you’re hiring a new teacher: great communication skills, a passion for teaching and learning, a positive attitude and patience. But it can be tough to see all the qualities of a great teacher when you’re busy thumbing through resumes, especially if your district is fortunate enough to have a surplus of applicants.  
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Coloring Pages: Celebrating the Holidays and Year-long Learning

‘Tis the season to take a break from our daily routines, enjoy timeless holiday traditions and have fun with friends and family. And in the spirit of the holidays, we’ve put together some one-of-a-kind coloring pages to celebrate the most magical time of year.  
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Inviting Innovation into the Central Office

The innovation we see in education today is absolutely amazing. Teachers are hard at work coming up with creative new ways to help their students learn, and deserve a lot of praise for the work they do. But today, let’s talk about the backbone of this innovation: the central office personnel who work hard to recruit those exceptional teachers and support them in providing the best instruction to every student.  
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How to Get the Most Out of Online Learning

There are so many reasons to use online learning as part of your professional development strategy. Classes available on-demand? Just click a button. The ability for hundreds of individual people, each engaging in unique learning that meets a wide variety of needs? Check. Cost-savings compared to in-person workshops? You bet.  
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A Look at the Data: How Does K-12 Professional Development Measure Up to ESSA Criteria?

Everybody knows that kale salad is better for you than that triple-decker bacon cheeseburger with the fried egg on top. We know it’s better to tackle the to-do list than to spend 6 hours bingeing TV.  
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One State’s Journey to Fewer Teacher Absences

Rhode Island: a state known for its gorgeous coastline, diminutive size and… teacher absences? Since the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published its Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools report in September, there has been plenty of talk about the state’s high teacher absenteeism rates. And there’s no debating that the numbers are high.  
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Establishing Baseline Data in an IEP: 3 Steps to Taking a Student’s Performance Temperature

Remember the line by Lewis Carroll: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This shows the importance of goal setting. If you don’t know where you are starting from, anywhere you end can look like progress. This shows the importance of collecting baseline data.  
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