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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

7 Quick Statistics on Employee Absences & Substitute Teacher Activity

Standing on the cusp of a new school year, it might be hard to focus on anything but the buzz of back-to-school activities. But to set yourself up for success, you need context — a solid understanding of how everything went last year, and what you want to happen this year.  
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Teacher Leadership and Personalized Professional Learning at Virginia Beach City Public Schools

A look inside VBCPS’s innovative design fellows program.

Janene Gorham is the Director of Teacher Leading and Learning at Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In this blog post and podcast, she shares how competency-based professional development, design thinking and an innovative teacher leadership initiative are helping to provide personalized learning for students.  
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Survey Results: Reflecting on Special Education in 2016-17

The 2016-17 school year was a busy and important year for special education in the U.S.. To get a better sense of common challenges and goals for the 2016-17 school year — with an eye to what can be learned to prepare for next year — we conducted a survey of K-12 education leadership, special education teachers, compliance officers and more from around the country. Once we had a list of pain points and aspirations, patterns started to form.  
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4 Tips for Maintaining a Compliant Candidate Selection Process

The hiring process can be grueling: cultivating a pipeline of prospective educators, recruiting plenty of applicants (especially for those niche positions), poring over what can feel like thousands of resumes, playing phone tag with candidates — needless to say, it’s a lot of work. But it’s all worth it in the end, when you find the best candidate for each opening in your district and they accept the job offer.  
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Interactive Map: ELL Population Growth by State

The most recent national data indicates that almost 10% of public students in the U.S. are participating in English language learner programs. That percentage is up from 8.8% in 2004. The data keeps telling us that the ELL population is on the rise but what does that mean specifically for your state and unique education community?  
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5 Challenges Education Leaders Will Face in the 2017-18 School Year

Every school year comes with its own unique challenges, experiences and opportunities — all coming together at the summer to weave a story of perseverance, community and success. There’s no question about it — working in education is rewarding, but it certainly isn’t easy.  
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5 Strategies to Make Professional Learning for Teachers More Effective

Each morning, thousands of students step out of cars or bounce off buses into their classrooms at a suburban school district not far from Rochester, New York. With 17 schools and over 3,500 teachers and staff, the team that facilitates professional learning has an incredible opportunity to make a lasting impact on the education each student receives.  
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Teacher Collaboration Between General and Special Education: Hopes and Fears for the Future

Teacher collaboration can have a direct effect on student outcomes. And meaningful collaboration between general and special education teachers is a pillar of supporting students with disabilities. But a recent survey of pre-service teacher candidates in both areas indicates that collaboration across these two very distinct areas continues to cause some concern.  
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Reflections on Working in K-12 Human Resources


The start of school may feel like it’s worlds away, but it will be here before you know it. But before back-to-school season comes around the corner, take a moment to reflect on not just what you do to support educators throughout the year, but why you do it.  
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