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August 2019

Summer Learning Loss and How To Get In Front of It

By |2019-08-27T18:02:31+00:00August 27th, 2019|

What is summer learning loss? Summer learning loss is the process by which students regress academically during the summer months. According to research by the Brookings Institution, students can lose as much as 30% of a school year’s academic attainment over the course of July and August, due to the lack of focused academic practice and structured [...]

April 2019

Your must-have family engagement survey

By |2019-04-01T20:36:50+00:00April 1st, 2019|

Photo by Laercio Cavalcanti Understanding your students' families - and engaging with them effectively - has an impact on almost every aspect of school life and the success of your programs. Family engagement begins with understanding, and an effective way to do this is through a take-home or emailed family survey. Do you already have [...]

February 2019

How to build and administer digital entry and exit tickets

By |2019-04-01T20:50:52+00:00February 20th, 2019|

Photo by NeONBRAND What are Exit Tickets and Entry Tickets? Entry and exit tickets are perhaps the easiest and straightforward way to get the benefits of data for informing and differentiating instruction, especially when you use an app to do them digitally. Put simply, Entry and Exit tickets are short prompts [...]

January 2019

Is your school or district ready for data-driven instruction?

By |2019-04-03T20:09:52+00:00January 29th, 2019|

This self-assessment checklist will get you thinking about everything that goes into a successful data program. Data overload is not helpful. Technology is not a solution in itself.  But using data effectively makes teachers, parents, students, staff, and the community happy and successful! by Marlon Davis, Ed.M. Marlon is a 2-time [...]

5 ways to support classroom management through family engagement

By |2019-04-01T19:50:35+00:00January 14th, 2019|

5 ways to use family engagement to support classroom management During my tenure and experience as an educator, I learned that I must believe that all families want the best for their children, regardless of how that may manifest itself. However challenging it may be engage productively with some families, educators must begin to incorporate [...]

5 strategies for family engagement in K-12 education

By |2019-04-01T01:12:06+00:00January 8th, 2019|

What is family engagement? Engaging students' families is an important step toward improving school climate, boosting teacher morale, and strengthening the school community. But in order to achieve the benefits of family engagement it is important to understand the difference between "family engagement" and "parental involvement." The practice of family engagement goes beyond parent involvement. [...]

December 2018

3 Ways to celebrate your data champions!

By |2019-04-03T19:08:42+00:00December 17th, 2018|

Photo by Thought Catalog Sing the praises of your staff while “de-personalizing” the use of data for teaching and learning. As a former school principal (and current trainer of principals), I often hear well-intentioned teachers talk about the drudgery of using data to drive classroom instruction. If you are facing these objections - whether rooted [...]

March 2018

Thank you for being a friend: Checking for Understanding in the Tiered Reading Classroom

By |2018-03-11T14:54:59+00:00March 11th, 2018|

Thank you for being a friend: Checking for Understanding in the Tiered Reading Classroom by Melody K. Gerard Let me tell you a story. Picture it. Sicily. 1922. Classes were 90 minutes long. Formative assessments were taken once every six weeks. Summative assessments were once a year. Test scores were always a surprise. If you [...]

Blooms Taxonomy Guide for Multiple-Choice Questions and Question Stems in Formative Assessment

By |2019-02-22T22:20:50+00:00March 1st, 2018|

How to use, measure, and track Bloom's Taxonomy in your Question Stems and Multiple Choice Questions According to Edglossary  "Blooms Taxonomy is a classification system used to define and distinguish different levels of human cognition—i.e., thinking, learning, and understanding." It's currently fashionable to bash multiple choice questions [...]

September 2017

Formative Assessment Tools and the Art of Teaching

By |2018-02-22T00:04:53+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Formative Assessment Tools and the Science of Teaching There are two critical keys to exceptional teaching. The first, effective transmission of content and skills as measured by formative assessment (short and medium cycle) and summative assessment. This scientific approach to student mastery relies on rigorous measurement. It is the key to identifying what doesn't work and improving on what does. [...]