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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 Read More »

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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. Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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
Business people smiling over good news

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: Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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
Group of students

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 Read More »

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Three Ways COVID-19 Disrupted the K-12 School Buying Cycle

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/13/2021 | Comments Off on Three Ways COVID-19 Disrupted the K-12 School Buying Cycle
school supplies on desk

Every November, Merriam-Webster picks the “word of the year.” For 2020, it was “pandemic.” (Go figure!) While it is still a bit early for the 2021 word to be announced, it might well be “disruption.”  And among the things that have been most disrupted over the past year or more is the way that we Read More »

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Match District Size to Your Business Goals

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/21/2021 | Comments Off on Match District Size to Your Business Goals
Teacher helping students using tablets

MDR Insights There are 95,478 public schools in America, serving over 49 million public school students. Let’s look at the different school district sizes and what types of businesses match their needs. At MDR, we consider a district large if it enrolls over 10,000 students. A medium district enrolls 2,500 to 9,999 students, and a Read More »

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A Learning Scientist’s Advice for Back to School: Let Them Play

By Guest Contributor | 09/16/2021 | Comments Off on A Learning Scientist’s Advice for Back to School: Let Them Play
Girls reading on tablet

 By Guest Contributor Dylan Arena, VP, Learning Science, McGraw Hill School Group I’ve been fascinated by both learning and playing for my whole life, but it wasn’t until graduate school that I fully appreciated how related they are. Now I love to remind people that play is the most powerful adaptation for learning in the Read More »

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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2
Teacher in Classroom

 The U.S. Department of Education recently approved 21 state plans for use of their American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. These states join 11 others and Washington, D.C. whose plans were approved earlier this year. The plans detail how each state is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds Read More »

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Education Marketplace Sees Active Third Quarter

By Guest Contributor | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on Education Marketplace Sees Active Third Quarter
Business Colleagues

 By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While back-to-school 2021 may have been more uncertain than we had previously hoped, one thing that hasn’t been uncertain this year is growth, acquisition, and investment in the education market. We previously provided you with updates on top news from the first and second quarters of 2021. At the end Read More »

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The Role of EdTech Providers in a Post-Pandemic K-12 Landscape

By Guest Contributor | 08/19/2021 | Comments Off on The Role of EdTech Providers in a Post-Pandemic K-12 Landscape
students at board

By Guest Contributor Dr. Shawn Smith, Chief Innovation Officer, McGraw Hill School Group We’re in a transitional moment in K-12 education. As an institution, education has always had an incremental relationship with change. But within that relatively static institution, individuals – teachers, students, principals – have been making their own changes at the scale of their classrooms, schools, and learning communities.   Read More »

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Get Your Board on Board

By Guest Contributor | 08/19/2021 | Comments Off on Get Your Board on Board
School Board Meeting

By Guest Contributor Erin Werra, Skyward Behind just about every public school district is an elected school board. Here are a few considerations to cultivate harmony. It takes a village to run a public school district. Harmony is the goal, but in turbulent times like these, tension arises quickly. As communities navigate changes and challenges, defining Read More »

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Learn How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Learn How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds
Teacher with students wearing masks

States and school districts around the country are seeing the influx of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. The U.S. Department of Education recently approved plans from 11 states and Washington, D.C. for using the funds to safely reopen and sustain  the operation of schools, and address the needs of Read More »

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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
Parent helping child with school work

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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Five Ways COVID-19 May Have Changed Schools for the Better

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/22/2021 | Comments Off on Five Ways COVID-19 May Have Changed Schools for the Better
5 Teachers giving thumbs up to positive changes in schools

As teachers exhale and hopefully get some well-deserved R&R, we thought it was time to reflect on some of the changes coming out of the COVID-19 experience. Sometimes out of chaos comes positive change, here are five ways we think schools will have changed for the better: Remote learning may be here to stay. Not 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
Business meeting

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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Planning to Support Teachers for Back-to-School 2021-2022

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Planning to Support Teachers for Back-to-School 2021-2022
teacher relaxing in classroom

 As of April 2021, the CDC reported nearly 80 percent of teachers, school staff, and childcare workers have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine*, recently the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12 and experts are predicting even younger children will be eligible to be vaccinated by the end 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
Happy student with teacher

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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Getting the Attention of Purchasing Decision Makers

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/21/2021 | Comments Off on Getting the Attention of Purchasing Decision Makers
Colleagues discussing project

One of the major challenges in selling to education is getting your product in the right hands, using the right channels, and then securing the sale. The trick is to reach out and develop a connection so you can confidently inform decision makers, “This product will meet your needs or address your problem!” Establish Relationships Read More »

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New Federal Relief for Education in the American Rescue Plan

By Maureen Hance | 03/19/2021 | Comments Off on New Federal Relief for Education in the American Rescue Plan
2021 American Relief Plan

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

By Maureen Hance | 01/06/2021 | Comments Off on New Funding for Schools Through the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill
Woman using calculator

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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