Why Do Special Education Teachers Quit?
Why did you choose a career in special education? is one of my favorite questions to ask when I interview teachers because it usually prompts an immediate brightening of the eyes and a smile. And, let’s face it, that kind of enthusiasm is catchy!
Do Approved ESSA Plans Meet the Multi-tiered Systems of Support Requirement?
Now that all 50 ESSA plans have been approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we have a clearer window into each state's accountability roadmap and goals, including strategies to meet the requirement of providing struggling learners with evidence-based interventions.Continue Reading
A Vote for Educational Equity, Opportunity and Civil Discourse in Education
Mid-term elections are today, which you no doubt already know from the ceaseless coverage. Hopefully you’ve exercised your right to vote, or will later today. Any number of issues could be motivating your choices on the ballot — but, of course, near and dear to our hearts is education.
How to Create Effective Reports for Communicating Professional Development Program Evaluation Results
Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when our professional learning programs were successful? What if we knew more than just the fact that teachers liked the presenter, were comfortable in the room or learned something new?Continue Reading
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Teacher Absences & Subs
Impacted by the PESG Shutdown? Free Resources for School Districts
If you’re a school district in Michigan, you might’ve received quite the shock this week when Professional Educational Services Group, LLC (PESG) unexpectedly announced a complete cease of operations in Michigan. Here are some resources that offer some guidance on handling your substitute scheduling needs through our system.Continue Reading
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5 Lessons for Creating Positive Change Through Coherent Teacher Evaluation
What Robla School District learned by upending their teacher evaluations and empowering teacher leaders.Continue Reading
How to Get Started with Your School District Cybersecurity Program
School district technology leaders: there’s a growing threat to the schools you serve, and it’s not low internet bandwidth or outdated hardware… it’s school cyber attacks.Continue Reading
Human Capital Management
The K-12 Human Capital Management Journey: A Free Assessment
“Human Capital Management” (or HCM) is still a bit of a new term for a lot of school districts. While you may have a pretty good understanding of the processes that fall under HCM, there’s a follow-up question you might want to ask:Continue Reading
Dyslexia Awareness: Preparing New Educators
When I began working with individuals with dyslexia in 1988, I was so green. I only had three years of teaching experience under my belt, and my college classes had not prepared me to find solutions for struggling readers.Continue Reading
Effective Strategies for Analyzing Professional Development Data: It’s Not As Hard As You Think!
I remember struggling through my college statistics class. Just the term “data analysis” made me cringe. After all, I was going to be a teacher, not a scientist! Now that I’ve spent years collecting and analyzing data I’ve learned, I don’t need to be a statistician to do professional development program evaluation.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
The Top 3 Takeaways from the National Absence & Hiring Trends Report
How do you measure a year? You might measure it in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee — but the Frontline Research & Learning Institute prefers to measure it with quantitative metrics (and not just in terms of 525,600 minutes.)Continue Reading