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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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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 Read More »

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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
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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 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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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 Read More »

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3 Methods of Broadband Expansion

By Guest Contributor | 02/12/2021 | Comments Off on 3 Methods of Broadband Expansion
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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 Read More »

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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
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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. Read More »

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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
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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 Read More »

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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
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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 Read More »

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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
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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 Read 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 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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Is this EdTech’s big moment? Hear from teachers

By Kristina James | 07/09/2020 | Comments Off on Is this EdTech’s big moment? Hear from teachers
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A Gallup report from fall 2019, Education Technology Use in Schools, found that slightly over half of teachers (53%) said they would like to use digital learning tools more often in teaching. Teachers are getting that opportunity now with EdTech (i.e., educational technology) adoption on fast forward, and MDR wanted to know how they were Read More »

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An Expanded Education Community

By Kristina James | 06/19/2020 | Comments Off on An Expanded Education Community
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It may be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a difficult year so far. Yet teachers are meeting the year’s challenges. They tell us that they are adapting and the school community at large continues to find ways to change. In the midst of these changes, things are beginning to open up again, Read More »

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What do educators need right now? Survey says…

By Kristina James | 05/21/2020 | Comments Off on What do educators need right now? Survey says…
Educator Sentiment Survey

While education is certainly facing unprecedented challenges in responding to stay-at-home orders, educators are rising to the challenge. A history of constant evolution in U.S. education – from Common Core to asynchronous learning – may have helped educators hone their skills as problem solvers. That’s one conclusion from a recent survey MDR conducted with educators Read More »

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Marketing to an Evolving Educational Landscape

By Guest Contributor | 05/06/2020 | Comments Off on Marketing to an Evolving Educational Landscape
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe How we view “school” changed somewhat abruptly just weeks ago. While this would typically be the time when companies would be ramping up their efforts to market products and resources for the 2020-2021 school year, instead everyone is taking a step back to assess what the needs will be in Read More »

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We Need Social and Emotional Learning Now More Than Ever

By Guest Contributor | 04/16/2020 | Comments Off on We Need Social and Emotional Learning Now More Than Ever
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By Guest Contributor Dr. Anne Snyder, McGraw-Hill Education As schools have shuttered and emergency homeschooling has become the new norm, families and teachers alike are working together to ensure that learning continues, albeit in new ways. The restrictions introduced by the COVID-19 safety precautions have understandably created challenges for families and educators alike. Despite this, Read More »

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3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | Comments Off on 3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising
3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising

Thanks to Mogul for publishing us in this great article. Here’s a sneak peak of the article written by our very own Linda Ingersoll. There are few certainties in life: death, taxes, and school fundraisers. If you have a student in your life, you’ve likely been shaken down by a 4-foot-tall, pig-tailed sales rep asking Read More »

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Hey Boomer! Want Gen Z Customers? Be Like Gen Z.

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/03/2019 | Comments Off on Hey Boomer! Want Gen Z Customers? Be Like Gen Z.
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Thank you to Marketing Insider Group for referencing us in this great article. If you’ve read the news lately, you’ve come across Greta Thunberg’s name. Since skipping school to protest at Sweden’s parliament building in 2018, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist represents the teen-led climate strike movement.Thanks to Thunberg and the millions she’s inspired, it’s become clear Read More »

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is Here

By Guest Contributor | 08/06/2019 | Comments Off on The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is Here
California Consumer Privacy Act

It’s time to start thinking about compliance. By Anne Goto – Data Products Manager, MDR Here at MDR our thoughts are always turning to…data. Okay, we talk about data a lot. You could say it’s our thing. So when there is an imminent data privacy regulation poised to impact all US businesses, including education marketers, Read More »

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About ISTE 2019

By Maureen Hance | 07/12/2019 | Comments Off on Top 10 Things You Should Know About ISTE 2019
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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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Adding Technology in the Classroom: What the Future Holds for K-12 Education

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/20/2019 | 1 Comment
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Google for Education has recently compiled a list of the hottest trends relating to technology in the classroom. The information was so compelling that we thought you should know what they had to say. The following eight topics have become a top priority for educators and parents around the world. 1. Digital Responsibility Like it Read More »

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In-School Fundraising and Volunteering: How Do Schools Support Causes?

By MDR Marketing Team | 06/13/2019 | Comments Off on In-School Fundraising and Volunteering: How Do Schools Support Causes?
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Is your organization thinking about taking your cause to schools? Educators polled say, “Go for it!” MDR strategists have many a conversation with nonprofits and corporate social responsibility practitioners intrigued by the idea of holding school-run fundraisers and volunteer events. Schools, after all, have tentacles that can reach out to entire towns. And aside from Read More »

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How Gen-Zers Are Revolutionizing Corporate Branding

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/12/2019 | Comments Off on How Gen-Zers Are Revolutionizing Corporate Branding
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Thank you to Forbes for referencing us in this great article. While the oldest Gen-Zers only recently graduated from college, they already wield an impressive $44 billion in purchasing power. When you consider the influence they have on their parents’ spending, research puts that figure at closer to $200 billion. Clearly, both new and established consumer Read More »

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Social Causes That Gen Z Cares About—and Why You Should Care, Too

By Linda Ingersoll | 03/05/2019 | Comments Off on Social Causes That Gen Z Cares About—and Why You Should Care, Too
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Thank you to Marketo for sharing our guest contributed article. The kids are growing up. Believe it or not, the oldest of Generation Z (those born between 1996 and 2010, according to MDR) are starting to graduate from college. They’re making many of their own decisions and influencing their parents and society as a whole. Read More »

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The Explosion of Video in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 02/27/2019 | Comments Off on The Explosion of Video in the Classroom
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How Publishers are Making Videos “Teacher-Ready” By Gina Faulk – General Manager, EdGate Correlation Services What adult is not amazed (and sometimes exasperated) with the modern student’s prolific video watching? Students are downloading Netflix videos to their handhelds so they can fill time on the school bus. From their laptops they watch gamers stream that Read More »

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Educators Are the Key to the Future STEM Workforce (Here’s How Businesses Can Help)

By Kristina James | 02/26/2019 | 4 Comments
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We’ve been hearing buzz about STEM and STEAM education for some time now, but it’s not yet old news. In fact, some school districts are still trying to figure out how to implement these programs. Most educators support the concept, but project-based and experiential learning are at the core of STEAM education, and many educators Read More »

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7 Education Trends to Watch in 2019

By Kristina James | 02/13/2019 | 5 Comments
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Which education trends are capturing the collective imagination this year? Spoiler alert: It’s not just technology changing the classroom environment. Here are seven trends you’re likely to see more of in the year ahead. 1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Experts estimate that the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will grow by 50% in the next few Read More »

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