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Newest Issue of The Line Opens Discourse on The Promise of Education
It is my pleasure to announce the publication of Issue 5 of The Line, in which we consider a key question: Are we delivering on the promise of education? To answer that question, we must each delve to the root of what exactly we believe the promise of education is, who it is for, and how it ought to be turned from dream to reality. And, of course, the nuanced answers to those questions are as diverse as the educators answering them. But that’s exactly why The Line exists.Continue Reading
School HR Can Have Freedom While Staying Connected
Being connected doesn’t mean relinquishing your control. Even though it’s common for school district HR to operate separately from school Finance, there’s still so much they depend on each other for.
“Don’t Pass the Trash” Laws & School Districts
If there’s one thing everyone in education can agree on, it’s that protecting students should be a top priority for school districts. And yet, anecdotes abound about school districts allowing (or even encouraging) abusive educators to resign rather than face an internal investigation or legal action.Continue Reading
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Establishing Baseline Data in an IEP: 3 Steps to Taking a Student’s Performance Temperature
Remember the line by Lewis Carroll: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This shows the importance of goal setting. If you don’t know where you are starting from, anywhere you end can look like progress. This shows the importance of collecting baseline data.Continue Reading
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K-12 Cyber Security – Survey Reveals IT Leader Perceptions
Do you know what would happen to your school district’s data in the event of a cyber-attack? How much data, exactly, would be at-risk if your school district were suddenly exposed? Who would be affected and what information could become available?Continue Reading
IEPs Aligned to State Standards
While some states are experiencing changes as they implement new standards, all school districts are tasked with writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) aligned with state standards. Special educators working to develop IEPs will do well to keep their standards in mind as they prepare students for the challenges of post-secondary education and employment.Continue Reading
Students Evaluating Teachers: It’s Time to Ask the Kids…and Then Listen to Them
One day Alan*, a high school student in my special education English class, exclaimed in frustration, “All we ever do in here is read and write!” It was a proud moment for me. A huge compliment. That statement validated for me that I was doing it right, not wasting precious instructional time with frivolous activities.Continue Reading
Same Day – Different Pay: Multiple Pay Scenarios in Schools
You’ve heard the phrase “I wear a lot of hats in my job”, right? Well, that saying definitely captures what it’s like to work in education. Whether you’re looking at a teacher’s daily schedule, an administrator’s responsibilities, or considering the versatility expected of those managing operations; it is amazing how much it takes to make a school district run smoothly.Continue Reading
The Three Little ERPigs (and the Big Bad PR, Audits & Fines)
You’ve heard the age-old story of The Three Little Pigs, but have you heard the one about The Three ERPs?Continue Reading
3 Benefits of Restorative Dialogue for English Learners
In a recent episode of our Field Trip podcast, we talked with Grace Delgado, the Director of Language Acquisition, and Lorin Furlow, the Director of Special Services, of Brazosport Independent School District near Houston, Texas. Grace and Lorin have developed and incorporated restorative practices with ELL classroom tools in a way that is making a profound difference in their school district.Continue Reading