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Thoughtexchange’s cohort visualization feature shows how opinions can change

What makes community engagements meaningful? For many district leaders, meeting community members face-to-face captures the spirit of meaningful engagement but falls far short when it comes to representing the broader community’s wishes. 

Online literacy platform ThinkCERCA engages students at Brooklyn middle school

When choosing learning solutions for the 1,325 students at Middle School 88 in Brooklyn, New York, Peter Russo, assistant principal, ran into the same problem again and again.

While administrators have access to more data than ever before, too often they are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and are unable to use it strategically. But, the right tools can transform this challenge into an opportunity. Creating dashboards can give district leadership the ability to analyze enormous amounts of disparate data in a simple, visual way, resulting in more effective and informed decision-making throughout the school system.

Glendale USD personalizes learning and sees academic improvements through the use of Ready and i-Ready by Curriculum Associates

By fall 2014, figuring out how to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards was critical for administrators in Glendale USD.

Ohio district uses Connections Learning by Pearson to increase flexibility and choice

The number and variety of courses that can be offered in a small rural district is often limited. That was not acceptable to Erik Belcher, superintendent of Fayette Local School District in northwest Ohio.

Katie Nicholson

Computer adaptive tests (CAT) are really growing in
popularity. With an adaptive model, which technology
clearly facilitates, great efficiencies are gained.

One of the newest technologies being applied in K12 today is 3D printing, particularly in integrated STEM courses. This new technology also has potential application beyond engineering classes, providing creative ways to enhance the curriculum in a variety of other subjects. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on September 8, 2015, two educators from the Marlborough (Mass.) Public Schools discussed how they are using 3D printing in creative ways, including math and history projects, as well as how STEM projects are enhanced by including 3D design challenges.

Maryland district uses Rosetta Stone language solutions to boost literacy proficiency among ELLs

More than 14.5 percent of the population of Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is comprised of students categorized as Limited English Proficient.

Oxford High School, in Oxford, Mississippi, is a small-town school with big expectations. In 2011, when the district needed to accommodate growth in its student population, administrators partnered with Johnson Controls. Three years later, they opened a high-tech, energy-efficient, state-of-the-art, secure school to more than 1,000 students.

While administrators have more student information available to them than ever before, the challenge is to use this data effectively and strategically to ensure that students are learning and achieving at high levels, and that district resources are allocated efficiently. In this web seminar, two administrators discussed how they transformed their districts by using data from their student information systems more effectively to improve instruction and to create measurable gains, while also improving efficiency and communication between staff, students and parents.