Expert Perspectives


Why Student Data is Vital for Schools to Address Inequities in 2022 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on equity disparities in K–12 education, with new attention on how factors such as internet access, home environments, and family dynamics can impact student success. As schools continue responding to pandemic disruptions, timely and comprehensive data in one spot remains critical to educators’ abilities to make informed decisions and create targeted interventions.

4 Ways a Districtwide Communications Platform Strengthened Our Stakeholder Relationships

An administrator at North Clackamas School District in Oregon whose students speak more than 60 different languages describes the ways the district benefitted from adopting a unified school-home communications platform.

Tearing Down the Intrinsic Barriers That Hold Girls Back in STEAM Education

Ensuring equitable access for all students to STEAM learning and career preparation is everyone's job: At home, parents should encourage their children to participate in what they like, disregarding what marketing executives decided was “appropriate” for girls or boys; and at school, teachers must encourage both girls and boys in their formative processes, wherever that might lead them. Technology (or any career) has no gender; it should be open to everyone who takes an interest in it.

Five Steps to Revolutionize Learning Using Student Goal Setting in the Workshop Classroom

What teachers most need is not another app, it’s student goal setting—the process of working with students to set a short-term learning goal, track progress toward that goal, and celebrate success. Senior education researcher and author Chase Nordengren lays out the five steps to start revolutionizing student learning with student goal setting in a workshop-style classroom.

The Critical Role of Data in K–12 COVID Recovery

As K–12 schools work to recover from widespread learning loss resulting from pandemic disruptions, implementing the tools, policies, and practices necessary to capture and leverage actionable data will be critical; here's how to identify, measure, and act on student and school data to maximize efforts at closing the learning gap.

Student Data Security and Privacy Must Be Taken More Seriously

Data security and privacy are inseparable. With today kicking off Data Privacy Week, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at the efforts being made to ensure the privacy of our student’s data is being protected, and understand why schools must take data security more seriously.

Anxious, Passive, Glum Students Are No Fun. Here’s An Alternative.

Kids are ready for more self-direction. A fear of "messing up" may be holding them back.

How to Make the Most of SEL Tools

Social-emotional learning (SEL) remains a top priority in K–12 education. One recent survey found that teachers believe in the value of SEL for academic success and well-being, and see it as a tool that’s helpful for the transition back to in-person instruction.

New Survey Suggests Teacher Roles Post-Lockdown are Unsustainable, Expectations Need Re-evaluating

Some of the most striking findings from the surveys relate to how teachers are handling the current challenges in this post-lockdown environment. In many ways, their roles seem unsustainable. Is it time to rethink some of the core approaches to K–12 schooling?

How Teachers Can Tackle Noise and Hearing Loss

Schools can be noisier than many think, but for those who struggle to hear, technology can help teachers communicate better and live healthier lives.

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