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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
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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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The Power of Partnerships: Lessons Learned from Best-Selling Author James Patterson

By Guest Contributor | 10/09/2019 | Comments Off on The Power of Partnerships: Lessons Learned from Best-Selling Author James Patterson
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By Britten Follett – Executive Vice President, Follett School Solutions Last month, I had the opportunity to host an evening with James Patterson. Yes, THE James Patterson,  the world’s bestselling author, most trusted storyteller, and generous philanthropist. There we were, Mr. Patterson and me, up on a stage in front of 200 Follett customers. During my 10 Read More »

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STEM Curriculum that meets the Cool Factor

By Guest Contributor | 09/04/2019 | Comments Off on STEM Curriculum that meets the Cool Factor
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By Gina Faulk – General Manager, EdGate Correlation Services Like many busy working moms I was recently last-minute Googling birthday ideas for my 10-year-old son.  One particular item popped up that caught me by surprise. Not because it involved slime (always popular) or Nerf (If I find one more stray Nerf bullet!), but because it was Read More »

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What’s in a Name?

By Guest Contributor | 08/08/2019 | Comments Off on What’s in a Name?
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Liam and Emma are the most popular baby names last year. So, do you go popular? Or go unique? Soon-to-be parents can spend nine months or more debating their unborn child’s name. Alternately, there are the moms and dads who wait Read More »

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is Here

By Guest Contributor | 08/06/2019 | Comments Off on The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is Here
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It’s time to start thinking about compliance. By Anne Goto – Data Products Manager, MDR Here at MDR our thoughts are always turning to…data. Okay, we talk about data a lot. You could say it’s our thing. So when there is an imminent data privacy regulation poised to impact all US businesses, including education marketers, Read More »

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The Digital Age – Inspiring Creativity in Education

By Guest Contributor | 07/11/2019 | Comments Off on The Digital Age – Inspiring Creativity in Education
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By Lindsay Walker – Co-Founder of Launch Code After School Over the past three decades, coding and computer science have created a new world of growth and opportunity for the generation of youth that is being raised alongside these technologies. Each decade has brought about innovations, such a personal computers, the Internet, and cellular phones which Read More »

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Social and Emotional Learning + Technology Education

By Guest Contributor | 06/18/2019 | Comments Off on Social and Emotional Learning + Technology Education
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This Compatible Combo hits Classrooms Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Technology Education?  Traditionally these are not two subjects that we would lump together.  However, as SEL is increasingly becoming mandatory curriculum in schools, educators must determine where to fit SEL in.  We know that SEL is already being integrated into core subjects so why Read More »

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Testing: A Small Window Measuring the Size and Depth of the Room

By Guest Contributor | 06/04/2019 | 1 Comment
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By Dr. David Weiss, Co-founder and Chairman of Assessment Systems Corp For many of us in and around the academic orbit, test scores have been the ne plus ultra, the sine qua non of academic proof points. If you’re not up on your Latin, for many, test scores have been the unimpeachable evidence of successes and Read More »

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Modern Classrooms: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Coding

By Guest Contributor | 05/21/2019 | Comments Off on Modern Classrooms: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Coding
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By Lindsay Walker – Co-Founder of Launch Code After School Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the education industry in coding and STEM education. With the explosion in the popularity of these topics comes a landslide of educational toys, games, robots, websites, and apps. The question that educators and Read More »

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Bridging Research and Practice in Social and Emotional Learning

By Guest Contributor | 05/02/2019 | Comments Off on Bridging Research and Practice in Social and Emotional Learning
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By Dr. Anne Snyder, Sr. Learning Scientist, McGraw-Hill Education Attention to social and emotional learning – among researchers, district leaders, classroom teachers, and content providers – has perhaps never been greater. With the recent release of large research projects, such as the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s A Nation At Hope, as Read More »

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What Education Marketers Can Learn From “Operation Varsity Blues”

By Guest Contributor | 04/03/2019 | Comments Off on What Education Marketers Can Learn From “Operation Varsity Blues”
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By Lisa Wolfe, President, L. Wolfe Communications There are many lessons to be learned from the college admissions scandal–dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by federal agents. The simplest one might be for parents: “Don’t do that,” as WeAreTeachers Editorial Director, Hannah Hudson, recently discussed on Headline News. But there are also important lessons that education marketers and Read More »

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#AllBooksforAllKids

By Guest Contributor | 03/26/2019 | Comments Off on #AllBooksforAllKids
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions As a child, I read every single Ramona Quimby, Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High book ever written. Yes, I was a child of the 80s. When I think back on the extensive list of books on my home library shelf, Read More »

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Empowering English Learners with Inclusivity, Research-Driven Instruction, and Technology

By Guest Contributor | 03/11/2019 | Comments Off on Empowering English Learners with Inclusivity, Research-Driven Instruction, and Technology
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By Ed Lamprich – Vice President, English Language Learner Strategy, McGraw-Hill Education A diverse and growing group of students, English learners continue to have a strong influence on the ever-changing K-12 landscape. Their unique needs and assets often sit at the heart of many districts’ equity plans, offering opportunities for administrators to rethink strategies for Read More »

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The Explosion of Video in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 02/27/2019 | Comments Off on The Explosion of Video in the Classroom
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How Publishers are Making Videos “Teacher-Ready” By Gina Faulk – General Manager, EdGate Correlation Services What adult is not amazed (and sometimes exasperated) with the modern student’s prolific video watching? Students are downloading Netflix videos to their handhelds so they can fill time on the school bus. From their laptops they watch gamers stream that Read More »

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The Value of Little Free Libraries

By Guest Contributor | 12/05/2018 | Comments Off on The Value of Little Free Libraries
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Each morning on my run, I pass three Little Free Libraries. While I admit it might be an excuse to grab a breather every now and then, I sometimes stop to see if there’s anything in the little libraries on my Read More »

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A Review of EdNET 2018

By Guest Contributor | 10/11/2018 | Comments Off on A Review of EdNET 2018
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By Maggie Bittner – EdNET Conference Manager Wow…what a great EdNET 2018 season we had this year!  We hosted three sold out education marketing events in September: in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Engaging speakers, engaging topics, engaged attendees. All walked away with a ton of great tactics and ideas to help them build Read More »

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Empower Teachers as They Create Student-Centered Learning Environments

By Guest Contributor | 10/10/2018 | Comments Off on Empower Teachers as They Create Student-Centered Learning Environments
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By Cassondra-Corbin Thaddies, National Curriculum Specialist, McGraw-Hill Education When district leaders undertake a transition to introduce personalized learning in their schools, the technology adoption and integration phases often become all-consuming. It’s important to remember, however, that the ultimate goal of personalized learning is, not just to introduce technology in the classroom, but to construct a Read More »

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What Technology Can Do in the Battle to Curb Cheating on Campuses

By Guest Contributor | 09/12/2018 | Comments Off on What Technology Can Do in the Battle to Curb Cheating on Campuses
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By Bill Loller, Vice President of Product Management for Turnitin Academic misconduct can have a profoundly deleterious effect on institutional reputation. The MyMaster scandal in 2014 left a black eye on Australian universities from which they are just starting to recover. All too often, misconduct is swept under the rug and fingers are crossed, hoping Read More »

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Reporting Robots

By Guest Contributor | 09/06/2018 | Comments Off on Reporting Robots
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Five years into my career as a television journalist, I was on live television and suffered every reporter’s biggest fear: I completely forgot my next line. With no prompter or script nearby, I paused and repeated my last line, hoping it Read More »

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Five Inspiring Educational Charities & What They Can Teach Us

By Guest Contributor | 07/24/2018 | Comments Off on Five Inspiring Educational Charities & What They Can Teach Us
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Charity is all about building a better world, and what better way to do that than to equip the youngest generations with the skills and resources to fulfill their potential? Educational charities pursue that exact goal, looking to ensure that the future for our children remains bright even in the face of mounting global challenges. Read More »

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Powering Successful Digital Transformations in School Districts

By Guest Contributor | 07/10/2018 | Comments Off on Powering Successful Digital Transformations in School Districts
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By Guest Contributor Marty Lange – SVP, Chief Product & Operating Officer, McGraw-Hill Education School Group I’ve recently returned from ISTE 2018, where I connected with school district leaders and educators who are at various stages within their district’s digital transformation journey. Many are still in the early phases of implementation and navigating interoperability issues, Read More »

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13 Tired Education Buzzwords to Stop Using Now

By Guest Contributor | 06/25/2018 | 2 Comments
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By Kimberley Moran – Senior Digital Editor at WeAreTeachers and School Leaders Now Sometimes you use a word because you are comfortable with it. It tends to garner a certain kind of reaction, and you’re counting on that. We call these buzzwords. Some people use them to help them sound smart, especially when they’re selling Read More »

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Being a Global Citizen

By Guest Contributor | 06/12/2018 | Comments Off on Being a Global Citizen
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions My first trip overseas was to Egypt to see the Valley of the Kings and the Great Pyramids. I’d read every travel guide on the book shelf to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime immersion into the cradle of civilization. Warned of all Read More »

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The Importance of After School Programs – Lifelong Learning at Any Age

By Guest Contributor | 06/06/2018 | Comments Off on The Importance of After School Programs – Lifelong Learning at Any Age
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By Mike Durham – Founder and CEO Peachjar One of the things that makes humans so amazing is our ability to display grit, persevere in challenging situations, and use social skills to advance in our personal and professional lives. While it is believed that these abilities come naturally for some of us, nurturing plays a Read More »

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