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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.
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.
Recruiting & Hiring
Talk Data to Me: Hiring Trends in the Wake of a Teacher Shortage
The teacher shortage has gained a lot of attention over the past few weeks. National news, local news, and even President Biden have all addressed the topic in recent weeks. According to a survey conducted by Frontline Education, two-thirds of nearly 1,200 school and district leaders across the country reported having a teacher shortage.Continue Reading
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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.Continue Reading
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School Counselors’ Impact on Suicide Prevention
In 2019 we saw the first decrease in suicide rates since 1998. That’s the good news. But you would probably not be surprised to learn that the story was different in 2020. While it’s too soon to get the data for suicide rates, the CDC reports hospitals saw a significant uptick in the number of children under 18 admitted for mental health emergencies in the past year. Suicide attempts have skyrocketed, more than double the numbers in 2019.Continue Reading
Recommitting to RTI/MTSS After COVID-19 School Closures
Lately, in my conversations with schools, I have noted that educators in my own state of New York and other parts of the country are breathing a deep sigh of relief. The COVID-19 interruption to public education, which began over a year ago, appears finally to be ending. There is every likelihood that schools will return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall of 2021.Continue Reading
What to Look for in an EHR
Among the expectations, pressures, and responsibilities placed on school nurses, documentation might be one of the most important, yet tedious, of all. Compliance requirements like those associated with FERPA and HIPAA make proper documentation more complex.Continue Reading
Extended School Year 2021: Top 5 Ways to Limit Legal Risk
COVID-19 created extraordinary circumstances in education. Closures and remote instruction isolated students, required novel IEP implementations, and raised significant questions about whether student needs were appropriately met. Those extraordinary circumstances raised extraordinary questions about school legal exposure under conventional legal requirements.Continue Reading
Pro Tips: Finance & Funding for K-12 Public Schools
A new year brings the K-12 public school budgeting process into full swing as drafts are written, reviewed, revised, and await approval in the months ahead. K-12 school business leaders play a key role in communicating and executing district operations and budgeting.Continue Reading
Reflecting on a Wild Year in Special Education
The past academic year was a journey through disruption for everyone involved in education. And for those in Special Education, it was even more of a challenge to try to support students and keep learning from sliding to a complete stop. Now that the school year has come to a close and educators have had a chance to catch their breath before starting preparations for the upcoming year, we asked hundreds of educators in Special Education to reflect on a year that defies description.Continue Reading