RTI/MTSS & COVID-19: 3 Steps to Regain Control
In mid-March 2020, schools across the nation closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This sudden and massive interruption of instruction is unprecedented and represents a cataclysm with no playbook on how schools should respond. And there is the further possibility that — even after schools reconvene — future instructional lockdowns may be ordered due to flareups of the virus.
Recruiting & Hiring
What the Data Says: K-12 Hiring During COVID-19
Eight weeks. That’s how long it’s been since the President declared a National Emergency on March 13, calling for measures to fight COVID-19. The following days brought restrictions and stay-at-home orders in nearly every state.Continue Reading
Remote Security Threats Are Real: 4 Steps to Keep Your District Safe
With COVID-19 sweeping the globe, many school districts around the country find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented shift from the routine of a normal spring on campus to a largely remote work and distance learning experience.
28 Pieces of Advice from School Business Professionals
Pieces of advice from CFOs, Accountants, Payroll Specialists, and other school professionals – some are specific, and others simply remind you to expect the unexpected.Continue Reading
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Getting Ahead of the Regulatory Compliance Game
Whether it’s chess or football, the most successful players in any game are the ones who think ahead. If you were to ask the most famous NFL players about whether or not they actively think about the rules of the game while on the field, they might look a bit confused. Because the best players have the rules so engrained in their practice that it becomes second nature.Continue Reading
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[Video] Distance Learning in Real Life
In most of the country, students are setting up laptops at kitchen tables or living room couches, logging into Zoom and completing assignments. Many of their parents, grandparents, and guardians are doing the same.Continue Reading
4 Steps for Managing Trauma-Informed Classrooms
Take a random walk through any school on any day and you may see challenging behaviors. These surface behaviors are easily observed. However, what may remain hidden from the observer (and perhaps from the teachers of Sean, Alyssa and Ahmed, is that each of these students engage in these behaviors as a fight-flight-or-freeze survival response triggered by their unique history of complex trauma.Continue Reading
A Teacher, a Superintendent, a Special Ed Director: 4 Real-life Stories About Equity in Education
Coming from a small town in the not-Philadelphia-and-not-Pittsburgh part of Pennsylvania, the idea of equity in education wasn’t top-of-mind for me when I was a high school student. Nor was the whole idea that some kids might not have the same kind of opportunities as others.Continue Reading
Best Practices for Service Documentation
In the world of IDEA, documentation is a requirement. However, documentation practices in school districts have no universal standard. This can lead to major problems both for students and districts ― like due process hearings and issues with continuity of service. So, in the absence of universal standards, your district should create best practices of its own. Here is some information to help you get started.Continue Reading
Infographic: How to Gauge the Impact of Your Professional Learning Program
Most schools dedicate a good deal of time and money to professional learning for teachers and staff. But not all schools can confidently say that all that time and money makes a difference where it counts: in the classroom. So, how do you gauge the impact of your program? This infographic explores the process.Continue Reading
5 Ways Video Can Transform Classroom Instruction
Educators often look at a new technology and wonder how it will support ongoing improvement in teaching practice. Will it be cost effective and easy to use? Early attempts to harness video weren’t always successful because, frankly, videos were hard to share in a useful context. But today, advanced video tools (such as, well, your phone) make it possible to use this medium to benefit classroom instruction in a meaningful way. Using video to support ongoing improvement for teachers is easier than it has ever been.Continue Reading