Data and Research

Four Reasons Why Students—and Teachers—Need SEL Embedded Into School All Day, Every Day

It’s no secret that educators who champion the whole-child approach also laud social and emotional learning (SEL) for its scientifically linked success in creating a productive, positive, less stressful school climate.

11 Ways Schools Can—and Should—Involve Families in SEL Programming

In their separate domains, educators and parents both understand the importance of social-emotional skills—that the ability to manage emotions, to empathize, and to collaborate is key to fulfillment and success, in school and in life. But schools and families are not always in sync on how to develop those competencies.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Nearly ten years ago, I started my career in education as a math teacher at a new alternative high school serving over-age, under-credited youth in New York City. My students were labeled “at-risk” of dropping out because they were 16-21 years old and previously unsuccessful in high school. Many suffered from chronic absenteeism, caused by factors such as homelessness, family responsibilities, and/or incarceration.

Advancing Data Interoperability in Public Education—3 Pain Points and Their Solutions

Remember your paper mache days? Globbing a bunch of unrelated newspaper scraps together to assemble a lumpy self-portrait? Now imagine that in order to evaluate what you learned, your teacher has to carefully deconstruct your mask, read each gluey snippet, and make a determination about your learning. A lack of data interoperability in education is like asking a teacher to understand a student’s performance by:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEL Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask

For anyone who cares about student social-emotional development, this is an exciting time. Many school-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are widely used, for example. And a growing number of states are integrating social-emotional expectations into their educational standards.

Passwords, Permissions and Student Data—How One District Got Account Provisioning Right

The adoption of online educational resources has placed applications and digital files at the center of the teaching and learning experience in K-12 schools. As the number of students and teachers who must log on, sign in, or register to access those materials grows, so does the challenge faced by the IT departments charged with managing that access. Indeed, keeping digital resources front and center requires behind-the-scenes coordination when creating, managing, and provisioning access for all.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin.

How Virtual IT Labs Prepare Students for Real-Life Work

In 1997, when he was in his mid 30s, Dr. Jongbok Byun flipped his entire life upside down to pursue his dream of becoming an educator.. . . he’s been using virtual labs to create more realistic learning opportunities for online students—changes he believes will make quality education more authentic and accessible for all learners.There was no monumental motivator for leaving his 10-year career as a business researcher in South Korea. He says he just knew it was time. “My motivation to be in academia was soaring,” he chuckles.

How One Teacher Uses Live Video to Foster SEL and Connect to Classrooms Around the World

Zerifa Radlein-Grant is quietly changing students’ lives by introducing them to the world.

Goodbye Cash and Checks—Here's How to Choose a Safe and Effective School Payment System

School expenses, such and lunch and field trips, are big business in United States. Paying for these expenses is a huge logistical headache for most parents. Every year families across the country hand over more than $41 billion to their children’s schools to cover everything from after-school care to athletics, field trips to fundraising, and more. Incredibly, the vast majority of these payments are made in-person, with cash or personal checks.

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