Understanding Section 504

Table of Contents Intro A Brief History of Section 504 Shift in the Tides Section 504’s Goal Section 504 vs. Special Education Important Takeaway Core Concepts of Section 504 Video Series Episode 1: Introduction to Core Concepts of Section 504 Episode 2: Understanding the Section 504 Eligibility Criteria Episode 3: Unraveling the Key Concept of […]


Why Use Baseline Data to Drive Decisions in K-12 Education?

Table of Contents What you need to know about baseline data How baseline data drives instruction in the classroom Baseline data in Special Education Should baseline data be used for mental and behavioral health support? Data is the evidence we depend on Learn more about using baseline data Believe it or not, data wasn’t always […]

Special Education

Establishing Baseline Data in an IEP: 3 Steps to Taking a Student’s Performance Temperature

*Key points from Carol Kosnitsky’s blog post, presented by Laura Materi, Frontline Education. Let’s begin with a metaphor to set the stage for the last component of a well written Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statement: When your child says he doesn’t feel well, you take his temperature. He’s got a […]

Special Education

10 Sources of Data to Build a Comprehensive IEP

*Key points from Carol Kosnitsky’s blog post, presented by Laura Materi, Frontline Education. The IEP has the potential to “tell the right story” for each student with a disability — to describe the student’s strengths and assets, identify areas of need and chart a pathway for a successful school year.  But to be relevant and […]

Special Education

Best Practices for Planning Extended School Year Services

As the trees begin to blossom, our thoughts turn naturally to spring and even summer. But if you’re a special education administrator or intervention specialist, your pre-summer list is probably a mile long, even as early as March. One of those to-do items is planning Extended School Year (ESY) services for qualifying IEP students, a […]

Special Education

Extended School Year 2021: Top 5 Ways to Limit Legal Risk

Guest post by John Comegno, Esquire, nationally recognized school law practitioner, professor, and lecturer, representing public and independent schools, educational services commissions, and special service school districts. 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 […]

Special Education

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. So, I took it upon myself to learn as much about dyslexia as possible. I became […]

Special Education

Centris and Frontline Education: Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Centris Group becoming a part of Frontline Education? You’ve come to the right place! Here are a few of the most frequent questions we hear from school districts who are wondering what the move means for them. Don’t see your question here? Don’t hesitate to contact us! Why have the product names […]

Special Education

5 Ways to Reduce Burnout for Special Education Teachers

When I became principal for a specialized school with various sites throughout a borough in New York City, one of my first priorities was to develop a plan of action to better support my special education staff. Here’s why: At the time, I was struggling in my newly assigned school. I had just hired two […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space