Posts by Maureen Hance

Maureen Hance

Maureen Hance is the Market Insight Product Manager at MDR. She has spent most of her career in the K-12 industry with over 20 years at MDR in Sales, Product Development, and Marketing. She currently manages MDR’s Market Research, including the State of the K-12 Market reports, which are based on large-scale educator surveys and provide insightful analysis of the education market. She also oversees MDR’s custom Market Research offerings and is committed to delivering solutions that exceed customer expectations.

New Federal Relief for Education in the American Rescue Plan

By Maureen Hance | 03/19/2021 | 0 Comments
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, with another round of COVID-19 relief funding for education. The new law includes: $129 billion for K-12 state education agencies, including $800 million for children experiencing homelessness $40 billion for colleges and universities $2.75 billion to governors for use by private schools Read More »

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New Funding for Schools Through the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill

By Maureen Hance | 01/06/2021 | 0 Comments
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After months of back and forth, a new COVID-19 relief package was approved and signed into law on December 27, 2020. It includes $54.3 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund, a significant addition to the $30.75 billion that was allocated when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was approved in March 2020. Read More »

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Tracking CARES Act Spending in Education

By Maureen Hance | 10/16/2020 | 0 Comments
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been keeping you up to date on its impact on states, schools, and spending. One area that we have been particularly focused on is the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of which nearly $40 billion was allocated for K-12 and higher education. Read More »

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Breaking Down CARES Act Funding

By Maureen Hance | 08/13/2020 | 0 Comments
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Calling back-to-school 2020-2021 “extraordinary” is an understatement. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are grappling with making decisions about the best way to deliver learning to their communities’ students, changing school calendars and, above, all ensuring the safety of students, teachers and staff. They are also facing new demands on their budgets Read More »

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Navigating the School Buying Cycle During COVID-19

By Maureen Hance | 07/15/2020 | 0 Comments
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Navigating the school buying cycle has always been about syncing your marketing efforts to the beat of the educators’ purchasing journey to avoid missed steps and lost opportunities. With the COVID-19 outbreak changing how we view “school” so drastically these past few months, navigating the upcoming school buying cycle is perhaps the most challenging yet. Read More »

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CARES Act Funding Webinar: Questions Answered

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2020 | 0 Comments
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As you may know, a significant portion of the federal economic relief bill—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)—is allocated to government programs focused on educational institutions, families and children. This includes $30.5 billion in Education Stabilization Funds dedicated to K-12, Higher Education and a Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund for local K-12 Read More »

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About ISTE 2019

By Maureen Hance | 07/12/2019 | 0 Comments
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If you weren’t able to make it to Philly for ISTE this June, or if you went but feel like you couldn’t see EVERYTHING, never fear! MDR was there and we’ve prepared this Top 10 list of the big takeaways from this meeting of the minds between educators and EdTech. #1: AI and the Good Read More »

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What are the top education apps in the classroom today?

By Maureen Hance | 11/26/2018 | 0 Comments

With all of the applications and websites to supplement the curriculum out there for teachers to choose from, it can make an education marketers head spin.  What platforms rise to the top in terms of use and popularity? Regardless of their specific purpose, content or feature-wise, the top education applications do share some similarities.  The Read More »

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Help Teachers Navigate Open Education Resources

By Maureen Hance | 11/08/2018 | 0 Comments

Teachers are short on time and it’s up to us, with the products and services we create, to give them back more time in their days. Companies in the education industry emerge and rise to the top because of their ability to give educators what they want – and traditionally that has included high quality Read More »

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Investing in Hope: The Ripple Effects of Public Education Investment

By Maureen Hance | 10/31/2018 | 1 Comment

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, schools can be the heart of a community. The age of the school building, the condition and currency of the materials used, the access to technology…parents and students draw conclusions about how society values them from their school environment, and lack of investment in public education Read More »

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What Changes Would Teachers Make to Create the Ideal Classroom?

By Maureen Hance | 10/15/2018 | 0 Comments

Does the classroom space and design have an importance to teachers and affect how students learn? Of course it does, and we heard direct from teachers on what they think. Discussions about school environments and how space affects the learning process are happening nationwide: at conventions, school board meetings, and in the classroom. Modern design Read More »

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Top Five Requirements for New Education Apps

By Maureen Hance | 10/04/2018 | 0 Comments

Are you in the final phases of your education app development and want to make sure you’ve got a robust product that’s ready for the market? Or, are you in the development period and want to ensure your idea has the best chances for success?  Doing your homework is critical not only for student outcomes, Read More »

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The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Success – MDR’s Latest Report

By Maureen Hance | 10/01/2018 | 0 Comments

If you are looking for market insights into the education sector, MDR is THE industry source. Through our ongoing surveys, research, and other resources we inform education marketers about current trends and strategies for working with educators. Our latest report in the State of the K-12 Market series, The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Read More »

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Ergonomic Furniture Manufacturer Ergotron

By Maureen Hance | 09/28/2018 | 0 Comments

In this article series, we look at businesses who are focused in the education industry and have a compelling story to share. These companies have established themselves by helping educators, and have wisdom to offer new and existing providers that will encourage innovation and effective problem solving for the education market.  For this post, we’re Read More »

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Can you Solve the Parent-Teacher Communication Dilemma?

By Maureen Hance | 09/12/2018 | 0 Comments

My daughter’s first-grade teacher sent home a letter welcoming us to the new year and helping pave the way for her expectations. One of the main take-aways from the letter is how important a parent’s involvement is in their child’s academic success. She explained how parents are part of the team that helps build a Read More »

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Charles Blaschke – a personal remembrance by Anne Wujcik

By Maureen Hance | 08/24/2018 | 0 Comments

I’d been thinking that I might want to write a short column for MDR marking the start of the 2018-19 school year. I never expected that instead I would be writing to mourn the death of a dear friend – and industry icon – Charles Blaschke. On August 3, Charles had a terrible fall at Read More »

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Six Non-Profits and Associations That Aim to Fill the Gaps in School Internet Access

By Maureen Hance | 08/22/2018 | 0 Comments

According to survey results in Teachers Talk Technology, MDR’s second publication in the State of the K-12 Market 2018 series, seventy-seven percent of the nearly 4,400 teachers queried indicated their school provides wireless Internet access for both faculty and students in most places on campus. In regards to the speed of that wireless internet access, Read More »

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What is Blockchain and How Can it be Used in Education?

By Maureen Hance | 08/20/2018 | 2 Comments
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Blockchain is a new way of thinking about how we organize and utilize student (and even faculty) data online, providing them with a sense of ownership, ease of access, and immutability – and it just may take over the way we store education data in the future. What is Blockchain? Blockchain is a newer innovation Read More »

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Our Data Expert Weighs in on New MDR Data Attributes

By Maureen Hance | 08/16/2018 | 0 Comments

MDR already has a robust database with lists of districts, schools, personnel, and educators across the US, but now, the data team is happy to announce the release of two new sets of data attributes: Classroom Technology Data Selects, and District Influencers. What our customers can look forward to with these new attributes is saving Read More »

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Teachers are Looking for Ways to Bring Computational Thinking into the Classroom

By Maureen Hance | 07/31/2018 | 0 Comments

You may be familiar with the phrase “computational thinking,” as it is one of the biggest trends in educational technology. ISTE listed the topic as one of the trends to watch, and we briefly covered what it means in our post about hot topics at the ISTE 2018 conference. What is Computational Thinking? The idea behind Read More »

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Ask. Learn. Decide: A Re-Cap of Our Webinar on Market Research

By Maureen Hance | 07/19/2018 | 0 Comments
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Whoever said, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you,” wasn’t in market research! In this post, we’ll recap a recent webinar we held on this topic, and cover the essentials on the best practices for conducting market research with educators and related audiences. Why do you want to conduct market research? You should establish why you Read More »

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MDR Releases Second Market Report for 2018: Teachers Talk Technology

By Maureen Hance | 07/12/2018 | 0 Comments

Here is a preview of MDR’s latest research on technology’s use in the classroom, based on the feedback from nearly 4,400 educators. MDR’s Market Research and Marketing Teams have done it again, releasing the second report in the 2018 series, Teachers Talk Technology.  Administering a nationwide survey, as well as an online bulletin board to K-12 Read More »

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ISTE 2018 Highlights and Best Quotes from the Event

By Maureen Hance | 07/06/2018 | 0 Comments

MDR went to ISTE, and all we got were countless helpful tips for digital learning, and endless connections with the education technology community. But seriously, we went to the “epicenter of Ed-Tech” and here are some of the highlights from the three-day event in Chicago. We laughed, we thought about a lot, and we had Read More »

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Student Centered Learning Through Adaptive Platforms

By Maureen Hance | 06/18/2018 | 0 Comments

This article aims to inform education marketers and product providers about the possibilities with adaptive learning technologies. According to ISTE, student-centered learning allows students to become active participants in their own learning processes. What students learn, how they learn it, and how their learning is assessed are all driven by each individual student’s needs and Read More »

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ISTE Conference 2018 – What are the Hot Topics?

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2018 | 0 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Ed Tech – the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is almost here!  We’d like to provide you with an overview of what some of the hot topics are in Educational Technology, as well as a preview of themes we see emerging in Read More »

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Newsela CEO Matthew Gross

By Maureen Hance | 06/04/2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to our new article series called “Understanding the Industry.”  This will be where we look at businesses who are focused in the education industry and have a compelling story to share. These companies have established themselves by helping educators, and have wisdom to offer new and existing providers that will encourage innovation and effective Read More »

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GDPR – Understanding the EU’s Regulations as Education Marketers

By Maureen Hance | 06/01/2018 | 0 Comments

The way personal data is handled in the European Union has changed, and therefore, the way Education Marketers do business in the EU must comply. We’d like to share with you exactly what General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, and what it means for the education industry in terms of sharing personal information. What is Read More »

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The School Purchasing Cycle – When to Add Your Product Into the Rotation

By Maureen Hance | 05/17/2018 | 0 Comments

When is the best time to send a free demo of your product to a school? When will schools be open to running a pilot program with your business? When are the final decisions made in the school budget? The beginning or the end of the school year aren’t the times that schools spend their Read More »

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Teacher Appreciation Week – Hearing the Teacher Voice

By Maureen Hance | 05/07/2018 | 0 Comments

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’d like to take a realistic look at what it means to be a teacher in America today.  Some teachers have the resources, class size, environment, and salary that are well planned, well designed, fair, and balanced for their district and school. However, in many parts of the country, poor Read More »

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The Complicated Relationship Between Schools and Software Vendors

By Maureen Hance | 05/01/2018 | 0 Comments

The Necessity of School Software Software is no longer a privilege or a nice-to-have, it is a necessity for a functioning school – with student data, learning data, and the myriad of other details that entail running a school, and supporting the education of the school’s students. At this point in time, the question isn’t Read More »

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