Guest Contributed Posts

These articles were authored by a friend of MDR’s community. If you are interested in being a guest contributor, please reach out to us at mdrmarketing@dnb.com.

Are Today’s Students Really Ready for College, Work, and Life?

By Guest Contributor | 11/29/2017 | 0 Comments
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Cheryl Vedoe – CEO, Apex Learning While national dropout rates have decreased and graduation rates have increased over the past 10 years, there is still concern that high school students are not graduating well prepared for college or career. Based on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, just under 40 percent of […]

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Community Service: An Overlooked Measure of Personal Growth and Predictor of College Success

By Guest Contributor | 11/21/2017 | 0 Comments
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Michele Pitman, Founder, intelliVOL We generally assume that students who volunteer time in community service have an advantage when applying for college or scholarships. Unfortunately, up until 2008 when x2VOL was released by intelliVOL there was no system to digitally record and verify student service hours, which made it difficult to confirm the amount of […]

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Shaping the Future of “Reading to Learn” Using Data, Science, and Automation

By Guest Contributor | 11/06/2017 | 0 Comments
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Andrew Friedman – President and CEO, Learning Ally With the close of the EdNET2017 conference, it is apparent that the ed tech community remains vigilant in tackling both the age-old problems in public education and the rapid shifts that compel our industry forward to develop the best products and services that will significantly benefit our […]

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The Top 4 Ways Brands Can Support Title I Teachers

By Guest Contributor | 11/02/2017 | 0 Comments
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We got a first-hand perspective on Title I teaching from a member of WeAreTeachers. Here are some ways brands and nonprofits can apply these insights to become the kind of ally that Title I teachers in particular want to partner with. I taught in Title I schools for my first five years of teaching. Title […]

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Learning in the 21st Century

By Guest Contributor | 10/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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Cheri Sterman – Crayola Director of Education, and Vice Chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Education today has shifted away from giving children answers that adults already figured out. Instead, teachers pose real-world problems for students to solve. Art-integration, project-based learning, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) help students articulate higher-level questions and […]

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Why Tried and True is Here to Stay in Tomorrow’s Classrooms

By Guest Contributor | 10/20/2017 | 0 Comments
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Scott Evans – Marketing Manager, Califone Imagine what a classroom will look like 30 years from now. You might envision students wearing virtual reality headsets and robots acting as teachers. But, what if these classrooms still used tried and true technology, such as a standard projector or a traditional calculator? With so much buzz around […]

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To Succeed in Ed Tech, Become a Lifelong Learner

By Guest Contributor | 10/12/2017 | 0 Comments
To Succeed in Ed Tech, Become a Lifelong Learner

This is a guest post by Chris Piehler, Lead Storytller, PR with Panache! As I sift through my memories of EdNET 2017 (the sessions, the sun, the bocce), one essential lesson stands out: the importance, in our industry, of being a lifelong learner. No one exemplifies this more than our longtime EdNET host, Vicki Smith […]

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How Do Schools Spend Discretionary Funds?

By Guest Contributor | 09/14/2017 | 0 Comments

Bob Stimolo, president of School Market Research Institute, Inc. (SMRI), gave us a preview of the October 2016 survey of 200 elementary through high school secretaries that was conducted jointly by School Market Research Institute (SMRI) and Market Data Retrieval (MDR). School secretaries are key players when it comes to schools learning about and making […]

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Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success

By Guest Contributor | 06/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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Janet Pittock, Curriculum Director, and Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, Director of Professional Learning – McGraw Hill Education Personalized learning is no longer just a buzzword or a passing fad. In fact, more and more school leaders view the successful implementation of personalized learning programs as top priorities for their classrooms. In a recent survey, 86% of district […]

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