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June 30th, 2022

Can your schools keep pace with student mental health demands?

By Katie Dorn, Co-Founder and CEO, EmpowerU
With student mental health needs spiking, schools need tools and tactics to help all students recover emotionally and academically Even before the pandemic, a third of U.S. students struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, or attention issues that made it difficult to focus, stay motivated, and learn. That number has grown exponentially during the pandemic and recovery: now half of students feel persistently sad...

June 29th, 2022

The best ways to approach high-impact tutoring

By Dr. Annie Lee, BookNook Learning
‘High-impact tutoring’ isn’t what you think it is—here’s how to ensure your program is effective at improving student learning What do we even mean when we say “high-impact tutoring?” As schools grapple with so many of the effects of unfinished learning, tutoring has emerged as a potential approach for addressing students’ educational needs....

June 27th, 2022

How 3D printing is changing education

By Andrea Zermeño, Education Vertical Manager, MakerBot
3D printing helps boost interactive learning, accommodates different learning styles, and ensures equal access in the classroom If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we must invest in educational technology. When schools use technology to improve the quality and quantity of educational content, learners will thrive....

June 3rd, 2022

3 key actions for trauma-informed student supports

By Curtis Linton, Executive Director of US Safeguarding, The Safeguarding Company
By meeting students’ needs and analyzing support data, educators can provide students with what they need to succeed with trauma-informed student supports. Most every K–12 teacher or administrator can anecdotally describe the mental health and wellness challenges their students now face. Statistically, it’s overwhelming—more than one-third (37 percent) of high school students report that they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and 44 percent...

May 27th, 2022

5 ways technology can help you combat teacher burnout

By Leslie Ortego, Director of Customer Success, SchoolStatus
Choosing the right technology tools can help fight teacher burnout and give teachers more time and support for teaching students. Teachers are balancing a lot every day, and that pressure has increased since the start of the pandemic....

May 16th, 2022

Schools amplify inequity with failed solutions to teacher shortage

By Evan Erdberg, President and Founder, Proximity Learning
Virtual teachers can serve in-person or virtual classrooms around the country at the click of a button, providing the quality education that all students deserve We’re racing against a ticking clock to resolve the teacher shortage for our students’ futures as the number of unfilled positions at schools and districts hits record levels....

May 9th, 2022

Transforming summer school with high-dosage tutoring

By Dr. Janet Wilson is senior vice president for district solutions at Littera Education
high-dosage tutoring can help temper learning loss Summer school as we’ve traditionally known it hasn’t worked well for a long time, especially from an equity standpoint, but we all know that change tends to come slowly to educational institutions. I would submit that in 2022, after two years of extraordinary learning...

May 6th, 2022

How staff absences impact educator burnout

Students suffer setbacks when facing chronic staff absences--and educator burnout, already exacerbated due to COVID, grows worse The average day in a K-12 school has little margin for error; educators have perfected the art of stretching resources. Yet the typical day rarely goes as planned. Staff absences are on the rise this year, and for each person who is out, others...

May 3rd, 2022

Don’t forget social, emotional health for district IT staff

By Al Kingsley, CEO, NetSupport
Just like teachers, district IT staff might be tired or overwhelmed after the pandemic's toll and social and emotional health is key During all the tumult of the last two years of schooling, from remote to hybrid to masked in-person, educators prioritized the social and emotional needs of students. A full 70 percent of schools now offer mental health programming, according to a recent survey from...

May 2nd, 2022

Will gamification replace paper tests?

By Simos Retalis, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Kinems
Gamified assessments can provide richer data for a more holistic analysis of students skills and progress Nearly everyone remembers the stress of taking a test in school. In-class exams have the power to make even the most dedicated of students quake with fear, not to mention the damage they can do to the egos of struggling learners....

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