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Streamlining End of Year Device Collection
These days, technology is as essential to learning as pencils and paper. Technology use is interwoven with how educators teach and how students digest new content and practice new skills. Yet, the growth of technology use in schools — ballooned exponentially by COVID-19 — has meant that technology teams across the nation have hustled to maintain order as more devices than ever enter their district’s ecosystem. For your technology team, now is the time to prepare for an orderly, efficient, and successful device collection process at the end of this school year. Continue ReadingContinue Reading
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.
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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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
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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.Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Declining Student Enrollment
Schools have had to face many new challenges in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While the vaccine rollout may signal the coming end of the pandemic – and the end of some of those challenges – there is one issue that the vaccine will not remedy: declining enrollment.Continue Reading
8 Features Tech Directors Want in Student Data Storage & Analytics
No one is more invested in student data management than district technology administrators. Am I right, tech directors, tech coordinators? After all, you are the folks who maintain this data and often spend countless hours gathering and disseminating valuable data points to teachers, principals, curriculum directors, counselors, and superintendents.Continue Reading
The 5 Biggest Challenges in Delivering K-12 Remote Learning
The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented challenge that has exposed many of the difficulties in delivering quality remote learning, at scale, to students across the country. While some school districts had all the pieces in place to instantly flip to virtual education delivery, many did not. With states shutting schools down in mid-March 2020, a lack of technology resources and preparedness resulted in sub-optimal learning for students and, in some cases, districts were forced to raise the white flag and end the school year early. The magnitude and complexity of this crisis cannot be understated regarding the speed and scale at which it impacted U.S. education.Continue Reading
Three Steps for Effectively Measuring SEL Program Effectiveness
For the past 10 years or so, school districts have wrestled with implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) standards within their schools. To support the social emotional needs of their students, school districts have attempted a variety of solutions, including hiring student support staff members such as guidance counselors, social workers, and/or psychologists to provide targeted interventions and support for students. Some districts have purchased research-based curricula, student response surveys, and strategies for teachers to incorporate into their daily lessons.Continue Reading