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Four Ways to Help Schools Keep Parents Engaged in Education

By Guest Contributor | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Four Ways to Help Schools Keep Parents Engaged in Education
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Parents have always been involved in school and their children’s education. They’ve gone to PTA/PTO meetings, participated in parent-teacher conferences, volunteered in the classroom and, of course, helped with homework. But 2020 and the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic took that involvement to a whole new level. Read More »

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Continued Investments, Acquisitions and Plans for Back-to-School: Q2 2021 in Review

By Guest Contributor | 06/22/2021 | Comments Off on Continued Investments, Acquisitions and Plans for Back-to-School: Q2 2021 in Review
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While there wasn’t quite as much activity as in the first quarter of 2021, the education space remained a hot bed of acquisition and investment activity in the second quarter with some significant initial public offerings (IPO) and leadership appointments. Here are highlights: McGraw Hill acquired Kidaptive, Inc., an adaptive Read More »

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Five Tips for Helping Schools Accelerate Social Emotional Growth

By Guest Contributor | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Five Tips for Helping Schools Accelerate Social Emotional Growth
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe There’s been a lot of talk over the past year about the “learning loss” K-12 students may have suffered as a result of the switch to remote learning, but it is also important to shine a spotlight on the toll it may have taken on their social and emotional development Read More »

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Big Opportunities to Support 2021 Summer Learning

By Guest Contributor | 04/23/2021 | Comments Off on Big Opportunities to Support 2021 Summer Learning
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Summer learning is a big topic this year among educators and plans are taking shape for many school districts now. While many school districts traditionally offer students some type of summer learning program, this year is seeing a surge in these offerings as educators and parents strive to ensure that Read More »

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Investments, Growth, Acquisitions & Reopening: Q1 2021 in Review

By Guest Contributor | 03/19/2021 | Comments Off on Investments, Growth, Acquisitions & Reopening: Q1 2021 in Review
Q1 2021 Industry News

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Lisa Wolfe joins us again to provide an update on education news.   From an education perspective, reopening schools and the status of spring assessments dominated the education headlines during the first quarter of 2021. Plus, the news of investment, growth, and acquisition in the education community during Q1 is Read More »

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3 Methods of Broadband Expansion

By Guest Contributor | 02/12/2021 | Comments Off on 3 Methods of Broadband Expansion
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By Guest Contributor Caroline Gilchrist, Skyward, Inc. In a world of connectivity, pockets of darkness remain. Twelve million children in the U.S. lack the internet access or devices they need to participate in remote learning. This disparity has only become more apparent—and devastating—amid the pandemic. Are you looking to light up the dark? Here are Read More »

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Six Hot Topics in Education for 2021

By Guest Contributor | 02/05/2021 | Comments Off on Six Hot Topics in Education for 2021
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Now that the second half of the school year is underway, let’s take a look at the hot topics in education for 2021. Although COVID-19 has put added pressure on the education system, many of this year’s topics are the same ones that the community has dealt with for ages. Read More »

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Beyond COVID-19: 2020 Education News in Review

By Guest Contributor | 12/30/2020 | Comments Off on Beyond COVID-19: 2020 Education News in Review
2020 Year in Review

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Just weeks ago, Dictionary.com named “pandemic” its Word of the Year and users of the online dictionary selected “unprecedented” as the People’s Choice 2020 Word of the Year. No “words” are truer as we have all spoken and written those two words during 2020 more than ever before in our Read More »

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One of the Greatest Lessons 2020 Can Teach is Intellectual Humility

By Guest Contributor | 12/18/2020 | Comments Off on One of the Greatest Lessons 2020 Can Teach is Intellectual Humility
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Between a global pandemic, a presidential election, and heightened focus on equality and justice, 2020 has been a year like no other for learning. Amidst the challenges and uncertainty this year has brought, students of all ages are being challenged to reevaluate not only how they learn, but how to relate to one another. They Read More »

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The Undoing of Systemic Inequities in Instruction

By Guest Contributor | 08/21/2020 | Comments Off on The Undoing of Systemic Inequities in Instruction
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By Guest Contributor Lacey Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd Lacey Robinson is president and CEO of UnboundEd. To hear more from her, watch our webinar, Ensuring Educational Equity for the 2020-2021 School Year and Beyond. School looks different this year, and so could our instruction. COVID-19 continues to expose the unhinged, weathered, Read More »

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Ensuring Educational Equity for the 2020-21 School Year and Beyond

By Guest Contributor | 08/18/2020 | Comments Off on Ensuring Educational Equity for the 2020-21 School Year and Beyond
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Back-to-school 2020-2021 is like nothing any of us has ever experienced before. Everyday there seems to be new developments as school calendars are evolving, instructional models are changing, and new concerns for student, teacher and staff safety arise. And all the while, educators are striving to ensure educational equity for Read More »

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An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part One

By Guest Contributor | 07/30/2020 | Comments Off on An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part One
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By Guest Contributor David Huber, Principal, South Side Elementary School, Connecticut This guest blog post is the first in a series by David Huber, principal of South Side Elementary School, in Bristol, Connecticut. Huber reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on learning in his school and district and the long-term changes that will Read More »

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An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part Three

By Guest Contributor | 07/30/2020 | Comments Off on An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part Three
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By Guest Contributor David Huber, Principal, South Side Elementary School, Connecticut This guest blog post is the third in a series by David Huber, principal of South Side Elementary School, in Bristol, Connecticut. Huber reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on learning in his school and district and the long-term changes that will Read More »

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An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part Two

By Guest Contributor | 07/30/2020 | Comments Off on An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part Two
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By Guest Contributor David Huber, Principal, South Side Elementary School, Connecticut This guest blog post is the second in a series by David Huber, principal of South Side Elementary School, in Bristol, Connecticut. Huber reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on learning in his school and district and the long-term changes that will Read More »

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Appreciating Teachers in a Difficult Time

By Guest Contributor | 05/15/2020 | Comments Off on Appreciating Teachers in a Difficult Time
Thank You Teacher

By Guest Contributor Kimmie Fink, WeAreTeachers Editor With school closures and the move to online learning, teachers are working harder than ever…and they deserve to be appreciated as such. But how do you show gratitude to teachers when they’re not physically in the school building? At WeAreTeachers, we’re seeing folks get creative in the way Read More »

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Marketing to an Evolving Educational Landscape

By Guest Contributor | 05/06/2020 | Comments Off on Marketing to an Evolving Educational Landscape
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe How we view “school” changed somewhat abruptly just weeks ago. While this would typically be the time when companies would be ramping up their efforts to market products and resources for the 2020-2021 school year, instead everyone is taking a step back to assess what the needs will be in Read More »

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We Need Social and Emotional Learning Now More Than Ever

By Guest Contributor | 04/16/2020 | Comments Off on We Need Social and Emotional Learning Now More Than Ever
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By Guest Contributor Dr. Anne Snyder, McGraw-Hill Education As schools have shuttered and emergency homeschooling has become the new norm, families and teachers alike are working together to ensure that learning continues, albeit in new ways. The restrictions introduced by the COVID-19 safety precautions have understandably created challenges for families and educators alike. Despite this, Read More »

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Do the Benefits of Digital Devices in School Classrooms Outweigh the Downsides?

By Guest Contributor | 03/11/2020 | Comments Off on Do the Benefits of Digital Devices in School Classrooms Outweigh the Downsides?
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Thanks to The Wall Street Journal for citing MDR data from our Teachers Talk Technology report in their article!  Two professionals in the education space share the benefits and potential downsides of digital devices in classrooms: “Technology has steadily worked its way into classrooms around the world, from kindergarten to graduate school. Its use in Read More »

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Why Schools Are Important Advocates for Effective Data Privacy Practices

By Guest Contributor | 03/05/2020 | Comments Off on Why Schools Are Important Advocates for Effective Data Privacy Practices
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By Divya Sridhar, Ph.D. Background Educators have more opportunities than ever before to harness the power of digital technologies and use the data resulting from those technologies to improve their students’ educational outcomes. For example, educators can use student data to do the following: Organize and grade homework assignments; Support group projects; Monitor attendance; and Read More »

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Some of the Savviest Instagram Influencers Are Classroom Teachers

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | Comments Off on Some of the Savviest Instagram Influencers Are Classroom Teachers
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Thanks to The Marketing Scope for publishing us in this great article. Check out this excerpt from our very own Donnine Souhrada below. When it comes to Instagram influencers, you’re likely picturing young celebrities promoting the latest hot trend. But there’s another group that’s spending time exerting influence over young people on social media: teachers. Read More »

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3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | Comments Off on 3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising
3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising

Thanks to Mogul for publishing us in this great article. Here’s a sneak peak of the article written by our very own Linda Ingersoll. There are few certainties in life: death, taxes, and school fundraisers. If you have a student in your life, you’ve likely been shaken down by a 4-foot-tall, pig-tailed sales rep asking Read More »

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6 Smart Strategies for Education Companies in Digital Marketing

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | Comments Off on 6 Smart Strategies for Education Companies in Digital Marketing
6 Smart Strategies for Education Companies in Digital Marketing

Thanks to EdWeek for mentioning us in this great article. Here’s a sneak peek: Digital marketing strategies are evolving in new ways to help education companies target their efforts more effectively, boost their brands, and connect with educators. Companies are using new tactics to thrive on social media. They’re modifying the way they work with Read More »

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Takes Effect Bringing Sweeping Changes in Compliance

By Guest Contributor | 01/07/2020 | Comments Off on The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Takes Effect Bringing Sweeping Changes in Compliance
California Consumer Privacy Act

By Anne Goto, Data Products Manager, MDR Not long ago we communicated that the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018 was signed, with an effective date of January 1, 2020, on the horizon. Well, the time has come! CCPA took effect on January 1, bringing changes that affect both consumers and businesses, including education Read More »

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Supporting Equitable Classrooms

By Guest Contributor | 12/17/2019 | Comments Off on Supporting Equitable Classrooms
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By Guest Contributor – Lanette Trowery, PhD, Senior Director of Learning Research and Strategy, McGraw-Hill In my work as a teacher educator and classroom coach, one of my greatest joys was seeing teachers grow their classrooms into true learning communities. It’s never easy or seamless work; the time and support needed to create a classroom Read More »

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Learning from School District Leaders

By Guest Contributor | 12/10/2019 | Comments Off on Learning from School District Leaders
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By Britten Follett, Executive Vice President, Follett School Solutions Recently, Follett School Solutions hosted fourteen school district superintendents from across the country to discuss hot topics in education, while giving us valuable feedback on our products and services. The high-energy conversations revealed each educator’s passion as we covered topics ranging from equity and diversity to Read More »

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4 Ways in Which Teacher Professional Development Is Critical to Student Success

By Guest Contributor | 12/03/2019 | Comments Off on 4 Ways in Which Teacher Professional Development Is Critical to Student Success
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By Jacob Bruno, Vice President, Professional Learning, NWEA A highly effective educator in every classroom is the most powerful lever to actualize growth and achievement for all students.  High quality professional learning for our teachers and leaders is the best way to build the kind of individual and collective educator efficacy to make this happen. Read More »

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Cyber, Blockchain, A.I.: Jobs of the Future Hitting Classrooms Today

By Guest Contributor | 11/13/2019 | Comments Off on Cyber, Blockchain, A.I.: Jobs of the Future Hitting Classrooms Today
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By Gina Faulk – General Manager, EdGate Correlation Services Have you heard this one? AI will silently take over a lot of industries until it gets to carpentry…Then suddenly everyone will start coming out of the wood work. Bad joke aside, we’re all reading the headlines: there will be a projected 58 million new artificial intelligence Read More »

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Mobile Education Tug of War

By Guest Contributor | 10/22/2019 | 0 Comments
Mobile Education Tug of War

By Erin Werra – Writer & Researcher at Skyward and Advancing K12. Technology has evolved the modern workplaces from an office cube farm to maximum flexibility. A similar trend is emerging for K12 schools with the advent of 1:1 technology programs, flipped classrooms, and more widespread connectivity. But is blurring the boundaries of classroom learning Read More »

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5 Ways to Get More for Your Brand By Sponsoring a Blog Post

By Guest Contributor | 10/11/2019 | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Get More for Your Brand By Sponsoring a Blog Post
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By Kimberley Moran – Senior Digital Editor at WeAreTeachers and School Leaders Now It doesn’t take long in any culture to realize the truth in the old saying, you are known by the company you keep. Look around and you’ll find people aligning themselves with brands everywhere from makeup to food to educational products. It Read More »

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