School leaders often spend time, energy, and money looking for strategies to fix problems within their districts, improve student achievement, or support teachers in new, effective ways. Districts that are particularly successful are recognized as a District Administration’s District of Distinction, a national program that honors innovative, problem-solving school districts.
By Heather Lewis, PerformancePLUS Educational Consultant
Ahhh, summertime! When I was a kid and dreamed of being a teacher, one of the selling points I made to my second- and third-grade friends (who did not have the love of school that I did) was, “But you always have summer vacation!” How silly, right?
By Dennis Pierce
Developing a data-driven school culture, in which educators routinely use student achievement data to plan instruction and support continuous improvement, requires a number of deliberate steps.
During a poster presentation titled “Technology Tools for Project-Based Learning and Student Collaboration” at FETC 2015, Kristin Harrington, instructional technology program specialist at St. Johns County School District, Fla., highlighted two of her favorite tools, Microsoft OneNote and Padlet, for engaging elementary students in authentic, collaborative learning experiences. Harrington, formerly an elementary school teacher in the district, earned many technology grants for her classroom. Her advice during the FETC poster presentation was borne of her experience.
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At FETC 2015, Terry Dobson and Heather Baptie—founders of Links 2 Learning Online who specialize in working with students with severe learning disabilities—recommended the following alternatives to purchasing books:
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At FETC 2015, Terry Dobson and Heather Baptie—founders of Links 2 Learning Online who specialize in working with students with severe learning disabilities—highlighted the following digital tools for supporting reading:
During her keynote address at OETC 2015, Danielle Feinberg, director of photography – lighting for Pixar Animation Studios, viewed the world through the lens of code—sharing lessons from her life, highlighting the power of technology to create, and affirming the importance and value of education in realizing dreams.