Administrative/Business Tools

Parents Prefer E-Mail for School Messages — Far and Above Auto-Phone, Texts, Facebook

The only people who seem to want face-to-face meetings and personal phone calls anymore are school principals. Four in five parents consider e-mail the most effective way for schools and districts to communicate with them.

Agentic Launches Grant for Student-Centered Learning

Agentic Learning has launched a new competitive grant program offering two districts consulting, leadership coaching and software access designed to support the development of student-centered approaches to learning.

Report: Certain Student Behaviors Tip Balance to More Positive School Culture

A healthy school culture has been linked to a decrease in absenteeism and improvements in teacher commitment, motivation to learn, student identity development and other education values.

Brief: Here's How State Accountability Systems Can Cover Personalized Learning

With the latest round of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states that have submitted their ESSA education plans during the second round, new approaches for accountability are sprouting out all over the country, but perhaps without sufficient innovation.

State School Report Cards Offer Timelier Data But Still Have Room to Improve

While a few states do a good job of creating "report cards" that help people understand school performance, most states "still need improvements to be accessible, meaningful and useful to audiences outside of education policy." That's the assessment given by the Data Quality Campaign after a months-long review.

5 Strategies for Increasing Engagement with ELL Families

Getting parents involved is key to students' success. Here's how to connect with families from all backgrounds.

TeachPoint Adds Video Observation Tool to Educator Evaluation Platform

The new tool is integrated with the company's TeachPoint Educator Evaluation Solution and is designed to allow users to incorporate video observation into any part of their educator evaluation process, such as self-evaluation, peer coaching or formal observations.

Naviance Integrates with Clever to Improve Data User Management

Hobsons has partnered with Clever to integrate the latter's data-integration tool with its college and career planning platform, Naviance.

Report: Most Educators Aware of OER, Don't Understand OER Licensing

A new report examines who the decision-makers are in curriculum adoptions and finds that a sizable percentage of schools have chosen open educational resources in the last three years.

Biggest Barriers to Digital Learning: Lack of Time, Lack of Devices

The biggest barrier to digital learning for teachers is gaining student access to technology. That's followed by a lack of time during the school day. For administrators, the top concern is providing relevant and effective professional development to their staff, followed by limitations and problems with the technological infrastructure, such as WiFi and security. Overall, across both roles, the main obstacle to integrating technology into the classroom was lack of time and an insufficient number of devices to do so.

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