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4 Steps for Managing Trauma-Informed Classrooms
Take a random walk through any school on any day and you may see challenging behaviors. These surface behaviors are easily observed. However, what may remain hidden from the observer (and perhaps from the teachers of Sean, Alyssa and Ahmed, is that each of these students engage in these behaviors as a fight-flight-or-freeze survival response triggered by their unique history of complex trauma.
A Teacher, a Superintendent, a Special Ed Director: 3 Real-life Stories About Equity in Education
Coming from a small town in the not-Philadelphia-and-not-Pittsburgh part of Pennsylvania, the idea of equity in education wasn’t top-of-mind for me when I was a high school student. Nor was the whole idea that some kids might not have the same kind of opportunities as others.Continue Reading
Best Practices for Service Documentation
In the world of IDEA, documentation is a requirement. However, documentation practices in school districts have no universal standard. This can lead to major problems both for students and districts ― like due process hearings and issues with continuity of service. So, in the absence of universal standards, your district should create best practices of its own. Here is some information to help you get started.
Infographic: How to Gauge the Impact of Your Professional Learning Program
Most schools dedicate a good deal of time and money to professional learning for teachers and staff. But not all schools can confidently say that all that time and money makes a difference where it counts: in the classroom. So, how do you gauge the impact of your program? This infographic explores the process.Continue Reading
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5 Ways Video Can Transform Classroom Instruction
Educators often look at a new technology and wonder how it will support ongoing improvement in teaching practice. Will it be cost effective and easy to use? Early attempts to harness video weren’t always successful because, frankly, videos were hard to share in a useful context. But today, advanced video tools (such as, well, your phone) make it possible to use this medium to benefit classroom instruction in a meaningful way. Using video to support ongoing improvement for teachers is easier than it has ever been.Continue Reading
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Working with Parents in Special Education
Working in special education can be very rewarding. It can also be extremely challenging. One of the many reasons it can be challenging is working with parents. Parents want the best for their kids – which is how it should be. Sometimes they have specific ideas about how that should look in a school setting. And sometimes those ideas turn into requests, or even demands, and conflict with what educators believe is appropriate for student support.Continue Reading
3 Ways Districts Can Better Handle Student Health Records
In the shadowy corners of the internet, medical records are readily available for purchase. On the dark web and black market, patient records can sell for $1,000 apiece. These records are sold to buyers in many industries: data brokers like IQVIA (formerly known as IMS Health), pharmaceutical firms and even tech companies. Children’s health data is just as valuable, and no one can doubt that medical records, especially those for our children, should be rigorously protected.Continue Reading
Project Management Should Be Part of Your ERP Selection Choice
When searching for new ERP software, there are many factors to consider, like company experience, customer recommendations, desired features, and product infrastructure. One of the factors that may get overlooked but is essential to a smooth transition is project management. We all know that implementations are complex. There are so many moving parts, it can be challenging to ensure that there is consensus among the team and all tasks are completed on time.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Teacher Recruitment Strategies: Tried-and-True Ways to Build Your Applicant Pool
Graduation season is coming to a close, and the next generation of teachers will be entering the teaching workforce before we know it. For those with a classroom waiting for them in a few short months, the fun is only just beginning. Others might be spending the summer still searching for job postings — are they finding yours?Continue Reading
Top 5 FERPA & HIPAA Misconceptions for Schools
We live in an age filled with threats to student privacy. As an important member of your school community, you’re a defender of that privacy. And that role comes with a great deal of responsibility. Part of your responsibility is understanding two primary laws that protect against the unlawful disclosure of personal and health information: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.Continue Reading
9 HR New Year’s Resolutions to Make 2020 Your District’s Best Year Yet
In a school district, “New Year’s resolution” is bit of a misnomer. With the school year in full swing, any resolutions for the new calendar year are really “mid-year’s resolutions.” So if you’re someone who doesn’t love New Year’s resolutions, you’re in luck. Because they’re not really New Year’s resolutions at all. With these mid-year’s resolutions, you get the best of both worlds: the opportunity to reset so that you can finish the school year strong and the opportunity to make the new year different from the start so that by the time September 2020 rolls around, you’ve already made progress toward your goals.Continue Reading