EdNET Insights

Helping Schools Maximize ESSER Spending

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/18/2023 | Comments Off on Helping Schools Maximize ESSER Spending
Stacks of coins

Mitigating learning loss. Declining enrollments. Ensuring student social and emotional health. Managing increased parental involvement. Providing a safe learning environment. These concerns are just the top of the laundry list of challenges that education leaders face in 2023. Plus, they face the looming September 2024 deadline to allocate Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund […]

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Want to Know ChatGPT’s Potential for Education? Ask It!

By Guest Contributor | 01/18/2023 | Comments Off on Want to Know ChatGPT’s Potential for Education? Ask It!
ChatGPT illustration

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe You’ve probably read the headlines about ChatGPT both in mainstream and education media. From the January 12, 2023, New York Times: “Don’t Ban ChatGPT in Schools. Teach With It.” or Education Week on January 4, 2023: “New York City Blocks ChatGPT at Schools. Should Other Districts Follow?” Launched in November […]

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Personnel Moves & Investments: Q4 K-12 Market Highlights

By Guest Contributor | 12/15/2022 | Comments Off on Personnel Moves & Investments: Q4 K-12 Market Highlights
Business Colleagues

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe The fourth quarter of 2022 was a little bit quieter for the education marketplace than earlier in the year, but there was still a lot of activity. ISTE and ASCD Merge One of the top pieces of news from this fall was the announcement that the International Society for Technology […]

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What are the “Reading Wars” and How Can the Education Community Help Schools Navigate Them?

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/15/2022 | Comments Off on What are the “Reading Wars” and How Can the Education Community Help Schools Navigate Them?
Student reading group

U.S. education is in the midst of a resurgence of what has been dubbed the “Reading Wars.” For more than 40 years, there has been a conflict between proponents of explicit phonics instruction – structured literacy – and those who promote the whole-language approach. The heightened focus on this debate may have been ignited by […]

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Teachers Feel Unprepared to Teach These Topics. Here’s Where You Come In.

By Marlana Martinelli | 12/15/2022 | Comments Off on Teachers Feel Unprepared to Teach These Topics. Here’s Where You Come In.
Teacher planning lessons

One of the expectations for teachers in recent years has been to educate students on important topics that fall outside of their traditional curriculum content. Unfortunately, many educators say they don’t feel prepared to teach these topics. According to MDR’s report “Educator Perspectives on the State of the Teaching Profession, 2022,” teachers rated the following topics […]

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Math Achievement Crisis Presents Opportunity to Transform Learning

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/17/2022 | Comments Off on Math Achievement Crisis Presents Opportunity to Transform Learning
young boy struggling with math problem

It’s no surprise that the disruption of COVID-19 school closings had an impact on student learning, but assessments are now showing that the learning loss may be graver than anyone anticipated. And recent results of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—dubbed the “Nation’s Report Card”—revealed that there has been no greater impact than […]

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Creating Paths to Success in Math for All Students

By Guest Contributor | 11/17/2022 | Comments Off on Creating Paths to Success in Math for All Students
happy students solving math problem

By Guest Contributor Dr. Angelica Gonzalez, Sr. Data Scientist at McGraw Hill  It’s no secret that STEM careers are in high demand, and will likely remain in high demand for some time. The road to a fruitful STEM-centric future is likely to include adversity — and for many learners, particularly underprivileged groups, the path to a rewarding career in […]

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New School District Job Titles: Human Resources and School Relations/PR

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/28/2022 | Comments Off on New School District Job Titles: Human Resources and School Relations/PR
HR Personnel

In this series of blog posts, we are featuring the 36 new job titles we recently added to our database of school personnel. These titles reflect the ways that school districts are responding to our changing world with new positions that help them address today’s challenges and those they will face in the future. We’ve […]

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Tackling the National Teacher Shortage

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/28/2022 | Comments Off on Tackling the National Teacher Shortage
Overwhelmed Teacher

As the headlines are declaring, the U.S. is in the midst of a national teacher shortage. In fact, the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) latest survey results on public school experiences with COVID-19 shows that, 53 percent of all public schools felt understaffed entering the 2022-2023 school year, and 69 percent reported too few […]

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A Conversation with Dr. Sylvia Diaz

By Guest Contributor | 10/28/2022 | Comments Off on A Conversation with Dr. Sylvia Diaz
Dr Sylvia Diaz Interview

The First “Superintendent in Residence” at McGraw Hill By Guest Contributor, McGraw Hill This interview was originally published here. Dr. Sylvia Diaz has recently joined McGraw Hill as the company’s first Superintendent in Residence. In this new role, Dr. Diaz will champion the voices of educators and district leaders, identifying and forming relationships with forward-thinking […]

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K-12 Edtech Dominates Education Market Activity: Q3 K-12 Market Highlights

By Guest Contributor | 09/23/2022 | Comments Off on K-12 Edtech Dominates Education Market Activity: Q3 K-12 Market Highlights
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While the investment bank, Berkery Noyes, reported a slight drop in investment and acquisition activity in the K-12 market in the first half of 2022,* there was a lot happening in the third quarter of the year with numerous acquisitions, rounds of funding and personnel changes being reported. And the […]

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4 Reasons to Try Augmented Reality in Your Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 09/23/2022 | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Try Augmented Reality in Your Classroom
students using augmented reality in classroom

By Guest Contributor Patrick Merchant, Senior Digital Strategist, McGraw Hill School Much like voice recognition technology and even artificial intelligence, Augmented reality (AR) is increasingly making its way into PreK-12 classrooms. With the potential to make way for learning experiences that we couldn’t have even dreamed of a decade ago, the implications of this new […]

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Public School Enrollment Declines for the First Time in a Decade

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/23/2022 | Comments Off on Public School Enrollment Declines for the First Time in a Decade
happy students running down hallway

Each year MDR examines data on public school enrollment and offers a snapshot of the state of the country’s schools. This year’s results show interesting changes, likely resulting from the unanticipated events of the past few years. U.S. public school enrollment remained relatively stable over the past decade with 91 percent of all school age […]

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New School District Job Titles: Facilities Management & School Safety

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/18/2022 | Comments Off on New School District Job Titles: Facilities Management & School Safety
group of school personnel

Our database of school personnel recently grew with the addition of 35 new job titles and 11 title changes at the district level, reflecting the current educational landscape. In last month’s blog post, we introduced new titles in the “Health & Wellness” category, representing an increased focus in schools on those important two areas. As […]

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Reframing Our Industry’s Relationship with “Personalized Learning”

By Guest Contributor | 08/18/2022 | Comments Off on Reframing Our Industry’s Relationship with “Personalized Learning”
Girl using laptop

By Guest Contributor Dylan Arena, VP, Learning Science, McGraw Hill School Personalized learning has long floated atop the fizzy pool of education buzzwords. Education researchers have been trying to personalize learning with “teaching machines” since Sidney Pressey introduced his “Automatic Teacher” in 1924. A century later, there are some ways in which it’s working remarkably […]

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WeAreTeachers’ “Jackhammer Parents” Article Goes Viral

By Meghan Mathis | 08/18/2022 | Comments Off on WeAreTeachers’ “Jackhammer Parents” Article Goes Viral
Jackhammers

How Your Brand Can Benefit From These Editorial Successes While many of us may have heard of the term “helicopter parents,” the moms and dads who always seem to hover around their children trying to fix every problem they may encounter, WeAreTeachers editor and former teacher, Kelly Treleaven hit a chord with teachers when she […]

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Personnel Moves, Investments, and Acquisitions

By Guest Contributor | 06/16/2022 | Comments Off on Personnel Moves, Investments, and Acquisitions
Handshake

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Q2 K-12 Market Highlights In the second quarter of 2022, the K-12 education market saw a lot of personnel moves, with people joining the industry, being promoted to new roles and moving to new positions at other education companies. As schools and the market continue to adjust to the changes […]

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Thank a “Green Ribbon School”

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/18/2022 | Comments Off on Thank a “Green Ribbon School”
Modern Classroom

You may have heard of the federal Blue Ribbon Schools award program recognizing schools for academic excellence and closing the achievement gap, but did you know about the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools awards? The goal of this program is to inspire schools to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability […]

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The Future of Education: Technology for Efficiency and Connection

By Guest Contributor | 05/18/2022 | Comments Off on The Future of Education: Technology for Efficiency and Connection
Student and Teacher with Laptop

An Interview with Katie McClarty, Chief Academic Officer, McGraw Hill School Dr. Katie McClarty, an innovative industry leader with deep expertise in psychology, assessment, and instruction, recently joined the team at McGraw Hill School Group as Chief Academic Officer. Get to know Katie and her vision for the future of education in the interview below. […]

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Tips for Supporting Summer Learning Programs

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/21/2022 | Comments Off on Tips for Supporting Summer Learning Programs
Backpacks in summer field

As schools continue to work to mitigate the learning loss resulting from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are offering summer learning programs that combine academics and enrichment. And because of the billions of dollars in ARP ESSER funds that have been distributed to states and districts, they have the resources to invest in […]

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Motivation: The Key to Engagement in Online Learning

By Guest Contributor | 04/21/2022 | Comments Off on Motivation: The Key to Engagement in Online Learning
Young Student in online class

By Guest Contributor Steve Tardrew, VP of Assessment and Research, McGraw Hill School For the past two years, online technologies have allowed students to engage in learning tasks from home, often asynchronously and without direct teacher oversight. And although schools have predominantly reopened and returned to in-person instruction, online learning is likely to continue to […]

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Let’s Thank Teachers for All They Do

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/21/2022 | Comments Off on Let’s Thank Teachers for All They Do
Teacher Appreciation 2022

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 is May 1-7 It’s been a rough couple of years for all of us, especially our country’s teachers. They’ve had to learn how to teach remotely, help their students overcome unprecedented learning loss and support them as they face mental health challenges brought on by the isolation and uncertainty of the […]

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An Interesting Beginning to 2022: K-12 Market Highlights

By Guest Contributor | 03/21/2022 | Comments Off on An Interesting Beginning to 2022: K-12 Market Highlights
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe The education market seems to have quieted down a little bit in the beginning of 2022, but there are still lots of mergers and acquisitions, funding rounds closed and big personnel changes to report, including two of the industry’s biggest companies entertaining (or not?) takeover bids. Here are the highlights: […]

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Data Literacy for Educators

By Guest Contributor | 03/21/2022 | Comments Off on Data Literacy for Educators
Teacher with tablet

By Guest Contributors Derek Fay, Josine Verhagen, Angelica Gonzalez, and Yuning Xu, Data Scientists at McGraw Hill   A User Guide While data plays a critical role in the modern education system, data literacy is not a common component of teacher education programs. This can leave educators unprepared to evaluate data quality or know what […]

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How has the Pandemic Impacted Schools’ Purchasing Priorities?

By Guest Contributor | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on How has the Pandemic Impacted Schools’ Purchasing Priorities?
Office staff working at computers

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe When in college preparing for their careers, most of today’s school leaders likely didn’t think that they would need to know about planning for in-classroom learning during a pandemic or purchasing high quality air filtration systems. In addition to having to become armchair epidemiologists, they have also faced new challenges […]

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Students Deserve an Answer When They Ask, “When Will I Ever Use This?” In Math Class

By Guest Contributor | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on Students Deserve an Answer When They Ask, “When Will I Ever Use This?” In Math Class
Young Girl in Math Class

By Guest Contributor  Margaret A. Bowman, Ph.D., Academic Designer at McGraw Hill Here’s How Technology Can Help Every math teacher has likely heard it before: “When am I ever going to use this?” While some students quickly pick up anything mathematical, others mumble through class about how they don’t like math, they aren’t good at […]

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 4

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 4
Planning Meeting

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the final state and territory plans for using their American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support the safe and sustained return to in-person learning for U.S. K-12 students. Other states and territories had their ARP ESSER plans approved in 2021. All 52 […]

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Navigating the Disrupted 2022 School Calendar

By Guest Contributor | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on Navigating the Disrupted 2022 School Calendar
Teachers walking down hallway

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe In the words of the poet Robert Burns, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  Headlines from the first few weeks of 2022 show that nothing could be truer of the return to school following the holidays. Thousands of K-12 schools have experienced a disruption to […]

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Start the Year with a Focus on Empathy in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 01/20/2022 | Comments Off on Start the Year with a Focus on Empathy in the Classroom
Heart in Hands. Empathy in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor Amanda Schaffer, Online Professional Learning Product Manager, McGraw Hill School Understanding and responding to other people’s feelings, actions, and words is difficult. It’s perpetually a challenge for many adults, and, of course, can be very hard for young people, who are still developing the skills necessary to comprehend experiences or viewpoints outside […]

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Teachers and Parents Agree: Social and Emotional Learning is More Important Than Ever

By Guest Contributor | 10/13/2021 | Comments Off on Teachers and Parents Agree: Social and Emotional Learning is More Important Than Ever
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By Guest Contributor Dr. Shawn Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, McGraw Hill   I’ve written previously in this publication on the role of EdTech providers in a post-pandemic landscape – on embracing flexible learning models, leveraging adaptive technology, and driving with student data.  Today, I want to explore the role of social and emotional learning (SEL) in that same complex landscape of K-12 education. Even in […]

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