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Insights & ideas for K-12 education leaders.

Special Education and the Teacher Shortage

An online search for “teacher shortage” will quickly return 435,000 results. Each day yields more headlines about school districts who struggle to hire enough teachers — more than half of school districts we surveyed in 2016 said they were experiencing a shortage.  
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Spring Planning for Substitute Programs

Spring has sprung, but there’s no time to sit back and smell the roses. With data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, we’ve found that the next few months tend to be a very busy time for substitute programs. If this year is anything like last year, for example, fewer employees may be out sick, but teachers and other staff may begin taking more vacation and personal days.
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A New Generation of Teachers

Relatively few millennials choose teaching as a career — a trend that doesn’t look promising for school districts looking to continue hiring from deep applicant pools and keep student/teacher ratios low. It’s increasingly important that district and school leaders develop strategies targeted at recruiting, hiring and retaining millennial teachers.
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Cyber Security in K-12: Is Your School District Prepared?

Over the last three years, there has been a definite increase in the number of K-12 security incidents. School districts are often “easy targets” due to a lack of cyber security resources, and because student information is an unfortunately hot commodity on the dark web markets.  
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Recruitment & Retention: A Two-fold Approach to Overcoming Teacher Shortages

Every year, sixteen percent of educators leave their school, and half of those teachers leave the profession altogether. That puts administrators in a hard place: it can cost up to $18,000 to replace a teacher in a large urban district, and recruiting qualified teachers can be a nightmare — especially for positions like STEM or special education.  
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Educational Diagnosticians’ Week 2017

Video Salute to Educators Turned Evaluators

It’s Educational Diagnosticians’ Week! To celebrate these special educators turned evaluators, we asked two former diagnosticians to share testimonials about their lives as student evaluators, including their fondest memories. Diagnosticians have the unique ability to see the daily differences that can be made in the classroom to help students thrive.
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10 Sources of Data to Build a Comprehensive IEP

An Individualized Education Program has the potential to “tell the right story” for each student with a disability — to describe the student’s strengths and assets, identify areas of need and chart a pathway for a successful school year.  But to be relevant and meaningful, the IEP must be based on current, reliable and valid information.  
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A New Challenge: Paid Sick Days for Substitutes

Over the past few years, the number of jurisdictions passing paid sick day laws has risen rapidly. In 2006, only one passed a law mandating paid sick leave: San Francisco. But in 2016, three states, one county and ten cities passed sick day legislation.  
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A Massive Difference: How District Support Impacts Professional Development for Teachers

One conundrum that isn’t new to K-12 district and building leaders: “Why aren’t our teachers more engaged in the professional development opportunities that we provide?” It’s a good question — professional learning departments work tirelessly to provide activities and learning opportunities that meet teachers’ needs, help to advance their strengths and ultimately impact student outcomes. Why aren’t teachers more engaged?
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