Industry News & Opinions from eSchool News:

March 23rd, 2023

How esports is creating scholarships, jobs, and school investments

By Tony Bocage, Esports Specialist for Education, LG Business Solutions USA
Esports has become an important school activity and will continue to be an enrollment driver as the industry matures Educational institutions in the United States have long promoted and prided themselves on their campus grounds, endowments, opportunities and student achievements....

March 22nd, 2023

How to evaluate literacy programs that pledge to accelerate learning

By Liz Brooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chief Learning Officer, Lexia
Schools should be able to verify the literacy programs they choose is grounded in the science of reading and has proven itself in classrooms. The NAEP results in late 2022 revealed that reading scores fell for both fourth and eighth grade readers as a result of the pandemic. Only 33 percent of fourth graders are reading proficiently, which means that two-thirds read below grade level. For eighth graders,...

March 16th, 2023

3 tips for confusion-free inclement weather communications

By Dr. Kara Stern, Head of Content, SchoolStatus
Reduce chances for confusion and ensure your weather-related communications are clear and concise to help families plan. Even if the old spoon under the pillow trick hasn’t worked for the students in your district yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t be your turn next!...

March 14th, 2023

7 reasons AP automation is the antidote to finance department burnout

By John Zaudtke, Vice President of Sales, Paymerang
AP automation can cure fatigue from overwhelming manual workloads and give AP staff time for other priorities Education institutions are forced to do more with less, putting extra stress on employees. Without realizing it, schools often have processes that create even more work, particularly in the business office. Fortunately, accounts payable (AP) automation can cure fatigue from overwhelming manual workloads and...

March 9th, 2023

From the classroom to the office: What we can learn from educators entering the edtech workforce

Who better to innovate for edtech companies than the teachers who have spent time in the K-12 classroom? Many educators have left the school environment to join edtech companies, seeking new ways to serve students while solving for the shortcomings they felt in the school-based workplace. How has it worked out, and what have we learned?...

February 22nd, 2023

How to stave off teacher burnout with PD

By Lisa O'Masta, President, Learning A-Z
Professional development is one powerful tool that can alleviate some of the pressure and help reduce teacher burnout--PD is instrumental. Survey after survey confirms teachers feel stressed and burned out. Nearly 75 percent of teachers experience frequent job-related stress, compared to just a third of working adults. More than half of teachers have considered leaving the profession earlier than originally planned....

February 16th, 2023

Finding the learning loss data needed to drive learning recovery

By Dr. Melody Schopp, Director of Education Industry Consulting, SAS
Equipped with a trove of valuable learning loss data, states can understand their own unique and evolving challenges. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Report Card on learning loss was a sobering but not unexpected reckoning for how deeply and broadly the pandemic impacted student learning and achievement....

February 9th, 2023

Building culture and community takes more than a committee

No matter an organization's shape or size, it takes more than a leader to make change and transform culture--it takes all of us, including school librarians. When organizations are mindful and deliberate about generating and maintaining a sense of teamwork and shared goals, team members are put at ease and more productive. The same is true for building a school culture and community for staff and students alike....

February 6th, 2023

Online learning can help schools retain students

By Jane Gallagher, Vice President of Operations, VHS Learning
Families want options for their children’s education--online learning lets traditional school systems expand choices and improve retention. There were 1.3 million fewer students enrolled in U.S. public schools in fall 2021 than there were before the pandemic began--a drop of nearly 3 percent. Given that educational funding is tied to enrollment, this development has serious implications for the availability of resources...

February 2nd, 2023

5 practical ways to support English learners in the classroom

By Dr. Sarah Holman, Director, Riverside Insights
Using common sense tactics, teachers can help English learners overcome hurdles and achieve in the classroom For English learners, acquiring language proficiency opens the door to thrive across all subjects. However, learning a new language can be a long, difficult process that requires courage, resilience and trust from students who initially might feel vulnerable and out of place....

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