The Past, Present, and Future of Data Analytics in Schools
The use of data analytics is increasingly part of modern life, whether you’re talking about headlines like vaccination roll-out efforts, practical matters like tracking hours at your job, or daily routines like the average height and weight chart at a pediatrician’s office. K-12 education is no different, a topic Dr. Adam Cibulka is deeply familiar with.
Recruiting & Hiring
Tips from New Teachers for an Improved Teacher Hiring Process
There is no denying that a school’s greatest resource is its teachers. Good teachers who deliver quality instruction help produce greater educational outcomes for their students. A school or district that can recruit many of these highly effective teachers can create a climate of success, providing students with lasting learning.Continue Reading
Talk Data To Me: The Impact of Substitute Pay on Fill Rate
Substitute teacher shortages have been widely reported in national and local media outlets across the country. The shortages are so severe in some areas that they have forced school closures. Data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute has consistently shown pandemic-induced drops in absence fill rates (the percent of teacher absences being filled by substitute teachers) and smaller than usual substitute teacher pools.
Why Use Baseline Data to Drive Decisions in K-12 Education?
Believe it or not, data wasn’t always a factor in decision-making in schools. A lot of decisions were made subjectively. Lacking efficient digital records, educators didn’t have the data needed to make objective decisions. Fortunately, teaching has evolved into a science based on facts.Continue Reading
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How Professional Learning for Teachers Has Changed During the Pandemic
The country has been rightly concerned about how much the pandemic has impacted student learning. As schools closed and classes went online, the effects were felt nationwide. Failure rates and dropout rates rose while standardized test scores and attendance and graduation rates fell, despite the remarkable efforts of committed and talented teachers and administrators.Continue Reading
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3 Things for Schools to Remember About Long COVID Diagnoses
Some people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now showing symptoms like tiredness, fatigue, difficulty thinking, concentrating, headache, changes in smell, taste, dizziness, or fast beating or pounding heart, usually appearing about a month after that initial positive test. This condition is being referred to as “Long COVID.”Continue Reading
Takeaways: Special Education Legal Updates Fall 2021 Webinar
What is your biggest legal concern in special education right now? In a recent webinar, John Comegno, Esq. — nationally recognized education law attorney and professor — shared his perspective on some of the most challenging issues facing special education administrators heading into the 2021-22 school year.Continue Reading
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Talk Data to Me: Hiring Trends for Mental Health Providers in Schools
There has been a lot of recent discussion in K-12 spheres, including in past Frontline blogs, about the ongoing teacher shortage. Not only does the problem of large numbers of job openings with limited numbers of applicants available to fill them apply to teaching positions, but it also persists for mental-health-related positions.Continue Reading
Using Analytics to Support Students in the Midst of a Pandemic
As schools re-open for the 2021-2022 school year, educators find themselves preparing for a myriad of challenges. From establishing health and safety guidelines for a safe reopening, to managing the ever-increasing concerns around the mental health of staff and students, to benchmarking student performance, schools are once again facing a school year unlike any other.Continue Reading
Top Tips for Success with Online Professional Development for Teachers
While many of us can’t wait to get back to in-person professional development and think online PD is less than ideal, I’m here to tell you that virtual professional learning can be highly successful. When online professional learning is well planned and well executed, teachers describe their experiences as “fantastic,” “effective,” “perfect,” and “wonderful.”Continue Reading
Using Federal Stimulus Funds to Engage the Community and Re-imagine Education
As school districts around the country make decisions on how to invest federal stimulus funds, James Fogarty, Esq., the Pittsburgh Learning Collaborative convener and executive director of A+ Schools, shared his insights and suggestions. His innovative ideas on using the funding to shape education for the future emphasize equity for all students and building partnerships with community-based organizations.Continue Reading