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New School District Job Titles: Health & Wellness

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2022 | Comments Off on New School District Job Titles: Health & Wellness
District Personnel

Things change. And over the past few years it seems like things have been changing at an accelerated pace, especially in education. At MDR, we knew this likely had an impact on the organizational structure of school districts and new positions may have been added to reflect emerging needs. To ensure that you can target […]

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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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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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Five Key Education Marketing Trends for 2022

By Guest Contributor | 04/21/2022 | Comments Off on Five Key Education Marketing Trends for 2022
Marketing Team

By Guest Contributor Saul Hafenbredl What are the major trends in business-to-education marketing that companies need to be aware of to stay one step ahead in a rapidly changing business environment? CB&A’s annual Education Marketing Trends Report provides key insights that help companies succeed in selling to schools—and during a recent Expert Series webinar, 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
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: […]

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Tips for Helping Schools Spend Year End “Use It or Lose It” Funds

By MDR Marketing Team | 02/17/2022 | Comments Off on Tips for Helping Schools Spend Year End “Use It or Lose It” Funds
Spending Decisions

It may only be February, but the end of the 2021-2022 school year is as little as three or four months away. And with the end of the school year comes the scramble by districts, schools, and even individual teachers to spend down their budgets. Whether this “use it or lose it” scenario includes millions […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.   […]

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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 […]

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Still Facing a Digital Divide? The FCC Can Help.

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/21/2021 | Comments Off on Still Facing a Digital Divide? The FCC Can Help.
close up of student hands doing school work

Educators couldn’t miss the headlines about the additional $122 billion allocated for ESSER in the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law in March. But there was another boon for education in the ARP that you may not have heard about: the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Administered through the Universal Service Administrative Company of the FCC, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

By Kristina James | 04/23/2021 | Comments Off on Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week 2021
Thank You Teacher

We’ve had a lot of heroes to celebrate over the past year, among them, and most notably for our community, the over 4 million U.S. K-12 teachers! While thanking teachers should not be a once-a-year event, we have an opportunity with Teacher Appreciation Week 2021, May 3-7, to share our gratitude. This year, more than […]

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Big Opportunities to Support 2021 Summer Learning

By Guest Contributor | 04/23/2021 | Comments Off on Big Opportunities to Support 2021 Summer Learning
summertime learning

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Summer learning is a big topic this year among educators and plans are taking shape for many school districts now. While many school districts traditionally offer students some type of summer learning program, this year is seeing a surge in these offerings as educators and parents strive to ensure that […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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3 Tips for the Spring Selling Season

By Kristina James | 03/12/2021 | Comments Off on 3 Tips for the Spring Selling Season
School Supplies

Each year, we review the marketing strategies that we believe will guide our customers to success in the spring selling season and beyond. When we look at the trends for 2021, it quickly becomes clear: In today’s environment, a focus on data, digital, and customer engagement will pave the path to marketing growth and sales […]

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3 Methods of Broadband Expansion

By Guest Contributor | 02/12/2021 | Comments Off on 3 Methods of Broadband Expansion
Student using laptop to create diagram

By Guest Contributor Caroline Gilchrist, Skyward, Inc. In a world of connectivity, pockets of darkness remain. Twelve million children in the U.S. lack the internet access or devices they need to participate in remote learning. This disparity has only become more apparent—and devastating—amid the pandemic. Are you looking to light up the dark? Here are […]

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Six Hot Topics in Education for 2021

By Guest Contributor | 02/05/2021 | Comments Off on Six Hot Topics in Education for 2021
Students raising hands in classroom wearing face masks

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Now that the second half of the school year is underway, let’s take a look at the hot topics in education for 2021. Although COVID-19 has put added pressure on the education system, many of this year’s topics are the same ones that the community has dealt with for ages. […]

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How We Reached Educators in 2020

By Hannah Hudson | 02/04/2021 | Comments Off on How We Reached Educators in 2020
Using laptop and mobile phone with icons

Reaching educators and engaging them are both an art and a science and, generally, we lean into what worked in the past. 2020 required us all to pivot plans and rethink strategies for communicating with educators. As teachers and the greater education community figured out how to teach and learn in new ways, there were […]

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4 Ways to Engage Customers at Virtual Conferences

By Kristina James | 01/21/2021 | Comments Off on 4 Ways to Engage Customers at Virtual Conferences
Virtual Conference

Typically, at this time of year many education marketers are spending a lot of time on the road, traveling from one conference to another. However, face-to-face education conferences came to a halt in the middle of March 2020; many went virtual for the rest of the year with a few cancelling completely. This year, for […]

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Learning Space Design for Student Success in 2021 and Beyond

By Kristina James | 12/18/2020 | Comments Off on Learning Space Design for Student Success in 2021 and Beyond
Modern Classroom

In Chicago, a third grader attends virtual school at the dining room table, her laptop perched on a stack of books and her father nearby in case she needs help. A high school student in Maine is learning physics in a newly designed classroom, with 10 of her classmates, all wearing masks, at desks more […]

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School Supply Lists 2020-2021: Take Advantage of an Extended Buying Season

By Kristina James | 09/28/2020 | Comments Off on School Supply Lists 2020-2021: Take Advantage of an Extended Buying Season
School Supplies

School supply lists are a lifeline for teachers and districts. Outfitting students and classrooms has become a collaborative effort with teachers, parents, fundraising appeals and districts all pitching in. This year, with so much uncertainty about how and where instruction will happen and heightened focus on health and hygiene, lists look a little different. With […]

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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
Abacus and money

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. […]

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