EdNET Insights

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 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
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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
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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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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 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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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 | Comments Off on Tracking CARES Act Spending in Education
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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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Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/15/2020 | Comments Off on Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021
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We’ve all been paying close attention to the news and our local school communities, following the opening plans. MDR data experts have been capturing when and how school will be in session and which learning models each school will follow.  Although, some schools started a little later this year, as of this week, most schools Read More »

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Navigating the School Buying Cycle During COVID-19

By Maureen Hance | 07/15/2020 | Comments Off on Navigating the School Buying Cycle During COVID-19
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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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The Data-Driven Digital Marketing Trends in Education Webinar: Your Questions Answered

By Sean McCloud | 07/08/2020 | Comments Off on The Data-Driven Digital Marketing Trends in Education Webinar: Your Questions Answered
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In June, Sean McCloud, MDR Digital Products Manager, hosted a webinar to review the enlightening results from our 2020 Data-Driven Digital Marketing Trends in Education report. The report is a comprehensive study of the online habits of educators and is compiled from thousands of digital marketing campaigns we deploy for, and with, our clients on Read More »

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CARES Act Funding Webinar: Questions Answered

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2020 | Comments Off on CARES Act Funding Webinar: Questions Answered
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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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Appreciating Teachers in a Difficult Time

By Guest Contributor | 05/15/2020 | Comments Off on Appreciating Teachers in a Difficult Time
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By Guest Contributor Kimmie Fink, WeAreTeachers Editor With school closures and the move to online learning, teachers are working harder than ever…and they deserve to be appreciated as such. But how do you show gratitude to teachers when they’re not physically in the school building? At WeAreTeachers, we’re seeing folks get creative in the way Read More »

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Do the Benefits of Digital Devices in School Classrooms Outweigh the Downsides?

By Guest Contributor | 03/11/2020 | Comments Off on Do the Benefits of Digital Devices in School Classrooms Outweigh the Downsides?
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Thanks to The Wall Street Journal for citing MDR data from our Teachers Talk Technology report in their article!  Two professionals in the education space share the benefits and potential downsides of digital devices in classrooms: “Technology has steadily worked its way into classrooms around the world, from kindergarten to graduate school. Its use in Read More »

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Why Schools Are Important Advocates for Effective Data Privacy Practices

By Guest Contributor | 03/05/2020 | Comments Off on Why Schools Are Important Advocates for Effective Data Privacy Practices
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By Divya Sridhar, Ph.D. Background Educators have more opportunities than ever before to harness the power of digital technologies and use the data resulting from those technologies to improve their students’ educational outcomes. For example, educators can use student data to do the following: Organize and grade homework assignments; Support group projects; Monitor attendance; and Read More »

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Supporting Equitable Classrooms

By Guest Contributor | 12/17/2019 | Comments Off on Supporting Equitable Classrooms
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By Guest Contributor – Lanette Trowery, PhD, Senior Director of Learning Research and Strategy, McGraw-Hill In my work as a teacher educator and classroom coach, one of my greatest joys was seeing teachers grow their classrooms into true learning communities. It’s never easy or seamless work; the time and support needed to create a classroom Read More »

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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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