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August 16th, 2018

SEL should be an easy sell for U.S. schools and districts

By Dr. Abram Jimenez
vice president of education, Illuminate Education
In light of tragic events that have put a spotlight on school safety issues, it’s more important than ever to understand the value of students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). While many districts have started conversations about SEL and its correlation to student success,...

August 14th, 2018

3 reasons elementary schools should adopt an LMS—and where to begin

By Kara Gann
senior client success manager, Schoology
Is it really possible for young learners to effectively use a learning management system (LMS)? This is a common question administrators and educational practitioners ask when considering LMS adoption at the district level. Through my work with educators across the country, I know the...

August 8th, 2018

8 essential qualities of a digital literacy curriculum

By Jeff Meyer
director of education,
“Jeff. I’ve got a big challenge. Help!” That was a voicemail message I received from a friend, a principal at a local elementary school one sunny summer afternoon. What was the challenge? Her 30 slightly apprehensive teachers had to deliver a digital literacy curriculum...

August 7th, 2018

How to prepare students for the unknowable

By Adam Garry
director of global education strategy, Dell EMC
The workforce is on the cusp of a major evolution. But will Gen Z—those born after 1996 and just beginning to think about their careers—be prepared with the essential skills to succeed? Now more than ever before, educators have the opportunity and the imperative...

August 3rd, 2018

4 ways AR/VR can transform your lesson plan

By Cathy Hackl
futurist, You Are Here Labs
The post-1990’s generation, Gen Z, doesn’t remember a world without digital technology. In fact, the children of millennials, born after 2010, are sometimes described as Generation Alpha. They are poised to be the most tech-savvy demographic to date, with a pathway to success that...

August 1st, 2018

3 data-driven tips for successful bonds and levies

By Tyler Vick
principal, FLO Analytics
At some point during the year, many school districts will fall into one of these three areas: Thinking about planning a bond or levy measure Attempting to pass a bond or levy Trying make the most of the bond or levy they just passed...

July 30th, 2018

A 3-step recipe for personalized learning

By Jill Hobson
K-12 institutional program manager, IMS Global Learning Consortium
What are the ingredients and directions in a recipe for personalized learning? Take one learning platform (because we want only one place to go for everything) and add a variety of digital content and learning applications from all different sources. Next, whisk the content...

July 27th, 2018

It’s time to change our learning model

By Joel Rose
founder and chief executive officer, New Classrooms
As a 22-year-old first-year teacher, I was introduced to one of the biggest challenges within our schools. While setting up my classroom, my principal came by to deliver a set of fifth-grade textbooks and an analysis of the starting points for each of the...

July 27th, 2018

10 districts with awesome brands

By Erin Werra
writer, Skyward
No one is great at everything, but everyone is great at something. These 10 school districts identified why their district is awesome, then structured everything they do around it to produce a noteworthy brand. Let’s take a peek into their worlds and identify some...

July 24th, 2018

5 best practices for teaching challenging subjects

By Melissa Mott
deputy project director, Echoes & Reflection
One of the most effective ways to cultivate skills such as empathy, problem solving, and emotion management is to help students productively struggle through an examination of the real and complex subjects that have and continue to face the world. Conversations on topics like...

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