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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

Failure and a Growth Mindset

Any parent of an 8-year-old violinist can tell you: learning a complex skill requires time and room for mistakes. Think about how many times a baby ends up on his behind before he figures out how to stand and walk. Or consider any notable scientific discovery… a little digging will likely uncover a string of “failed” experiments that came before a breakthrough.  
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New Data Report: How Special Educators Spend Their Work Day

It's not breaking news that the administrative side of working in special education can be overwhelming. Thanks to recent research, we can now quantify the approximate value of “overwhelming” – it amounts to several hours of each teacher’s time lost to paperwork — every week. That adds up fast.
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Learning Management Systems versus Professional Development Management

Why native K-12 knowledge is necessary

Though many organizations have heard the term “learning management system” (LMS), only those in the educational space have heard the term "Professional Development Management System" (PDMS), and for good reason: the two do not perform the same functions or meet the same objectives. That matters to any educational organization considering which type of system they need.
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How The Every Student Succeeds Act Impacts Professional Development: Collaborative and Job-Embedded

Are you looking for ways to measure and refine your professional learning program? Are you comfortable with the ESSA definitions of professional development? Curious how to make meaningful changes to foster collaboration among your staff and truly offer job-embedded learning?
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We Survived: What Flu Season Taught Us about Employee Absences

Let’s take a look at some of the year’s employee absence data, courtesy of the Frontline Research & Learning Institute. We’ve compared the average number of illness-related employee absences compared to CDC flu trends to see how the past flu season has impacted the country’s schools.
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Supreme Court Ruling on Special Education: What's Next for Schools?

The question of whether or not our country needs a new standard for supporting special education students has now been answered by a unanimous and affirmative decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 0-8 decision, the Supreme Court sided in favor of expanding the rights for children with disabilities. But immediately following the court's ruling last month, a series of new questions — both from inside and outside of the education community — started to pop up in the news and on social media. 
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The Case Against Cutting Off Our Teacher Talent Pipeline

President Trump’s budget proposes massive spending cuts to critical—but often overlooked—funding for the preparation, training and recruitment of high-quality teachers. Title IIa of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, funded at over $2 billion for the last 15 years, including upwards of $2.9 billion under the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, would be cut to nothing. 
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Why are teachers leaving the education profession?

Teachers are the salt of the earth. Few other roles focus so exclusively on improving the world, on building up the next generation. Few influential figures can’t recall with fondness at least one educator who played a large role in shaping the course of their lives.
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It’s Past Time: Why We Need Civil Discourse In Education

Why do we need civil discourse now more than ever before?

Based on a shared belief in collegial discourse, hearing different perspectives and pulling together some of the top expertise in education, The Line was born.  
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