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Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021

By Anne Goto | 09/15/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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The Undoing of Systemic Inequities in Instruction

By Guest Contributor | 08/21/2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest Contributor Lacey Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd Lacey Robinson is president and CEO of UnboundEd. To hear more from her, watch our webinar, Ensuring Educational Equity for the 2020-2021 School Year and Beyond. School looks different this year, and so could our instruction. COVID-19 continues to expose the unhinged, weathered, […]

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Ensuring Educational Equity for the 2020-21 School Year and Beyond

By Guest Contributor | 08/18/2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Back-to-school 2020-2021 is like nothing any of us has ever experienced before. Everyday there seems to be new developments as school calendars are evolving, instructional models are changing, and new concerns for student, teacher and staff safety arise. And all the while, educators are striving to ensure educational equity for […]

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Breaking Down CARES Act Funding

By Maureen Hance | 08/13/2020 | 0 Comments

Calling back-to-school 2020-2021 “extraordinary” is an understatement. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are grappling with making decisions about the best way to deliver learning to their communities’ students, changing school calendars and, above, all ensuring the safety of students, teachers and staff. They are also facing new demands on their budgets […]

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Top Five Teacher Concerns as We Head Back to School

By Hannah Hudson | 07/30/2020 | 0 Comments

Heading back to school is always an exciting time for teachers, students and, of course, parents. School supplies and new clothes are purchased, teachers spend time setting up their classrooms and planning lessons for the new year, and everyone looks forward to seeing friends and colleagues. This year is different. As our country’s nearly 4 […]

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An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part One

By Guest Contributor | 07/30/2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest Contributor David Huber, Principal, South Side Elementary School, Connecticut This guest blog post is the first in a series by David Huber, principal of South Side Elementary School, in Bristol, Connecticut. Huber reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on learning in his school and district and the long-term changes that will […]

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An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part Three

By Guest Contributor | 07/30/2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest Contributor David Huber, Principal, South Side Elementary School, Connecticut This guest blog post is the third in a series by David Huber, principal of South Side Elementary School, in Bristol, Connecticut. Huber reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on learning in his school and district and the long-term changes that will […]

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An Insider’s Point of View: A Principal’s Plan for Back to School — Part Two

By Guest Contributor | 07/30/2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest Contributor David Huber, Principal, South Side Elementary School, Connecticut This guest blog post is the second in a series by David Huber, principal of South Side Elementary School, in Bristol, Connecticut. Huber reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on learning in his school and district and the long-term changes that will […]

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Navigating the School Buying Cycle During COVID-19

By Maureen Hance | 07/15/2020 | 0 Comments

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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Is this EdTech’s big moment? Hear from teachers

By Kristina James | 07/09/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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The Data-Driven Digital Marketing Trends in Education Webinar: Your Questions Answered

By Sean McCloud | 07/08/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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5 Tips for Communicating With Educators During COVID-19

By Kristina James | 06/29/2020 | 0 Comments

In this new normal, we are participating in online meetings while we work from home. Our kids are connecting with one another through online school and activities. Many of us celebrated the spring holidays with our families virtually, and some of us may have even lifted a glass of wine during an online happy hour. […]

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An Expanded Education Community

By Kristina James | 06/19/2020 | 0 Comments

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, […]

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CARES Act Funding Webinar: Questions Answered

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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What do educators need right now? Survey says…

By Kristina James | 05/21/2020 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Appreciating Teachers in a Difficult Time

By Guest Contributor | 05/15/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Marketing to an Evolving Educational Landscape

By Guest Contributor | 05/06/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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We Need Social and Emotional Learning Now More Than Ever

By Guest Contributor | 04/16/2020 | 0 Comments

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, […]

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Social Distancing Is Driving Social Media

By Kristina James | 04/06/2020 | 0 Comments

With nearly 300 million people in at least 38 states being urged to stay home, sales and marketing professionals alike have absorbed a new vocabulary term, “social distancing.” Because of social distancing millions of us are working from home, top Education conferences like NCTM, ALA and ISTE have been canceled, and we are all wrapping […]

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Education in the Time of Coronavirus

By Kristina James | 04/06/2020 | 0 Comments

Like many of you, I find most of my daily activities have significantly changed because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine/”shelter in place” rules. I’m making the best of it, spending time with my family, connecting more frequently via text, FaceTime and social media, and shopping — lots of shopping for food and supplies, of course, […]

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School Supply Lists for Fall? They’re Being Compiled Now.

By Kristina James | 03/12/2020 | 0 Comments

Teachers are known for their advance planning, so it’s no surprise they get out ahead of the fall classroom resupply game by making their shopping lists months in advance. And our research reveals most lists are compiled in the spring. To make the list, it’s important to focus your persuasive attention on teachers because over […]

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

By Guest Contributor | 03/11/2020 | 0 Comments
Classroom Technology

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 […]

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Top Minds in the Education Industry Convene at MDR’s Inaugural EdNET Executive Council

By Kristina James | 03/11/2020 | 0 Comments
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What do you get when C-suite leaders from top education companies convene for a day to examine current trends and plot a path for the industry’s future? Spirited discussion, thoughtful consideration of the evolving education environment, and synergy and connections that have the potential to transform both their companies and the future of learning. That’s […]

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Why Schools Are Important Advocates for Effective Data Privacy Practices

By Guest Contributor | 03/05/2020 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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2019 Top Content for Teachers

By Kristina James | 02/20/2020 | 0 Comments

With more than 60 million page views in 2019 and 600,000 new followers across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram channels, WeAreTeachers  is the online destination for teachers and school leaders. Educators come to WeAreTeachers every day looking for practical classroom ideas, freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor. Our team of strategists have become […]

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Some of the Savviest Instagram Influencers Are Classroom Teachers

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | 0 Comments

Thanks to The Marketing Scope for publishing us in this great article. Check out this excerpt from our very own Donnine Souhrada below. When it comes to Instagram influencers, you’re likely picturing young celebrities promoting the latest hot trend. But there’s another group that’s spending time exerting influence over young people on social media: teachers. […]

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3 Verticals That Rock School Fundraising

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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6 Smart Strategies for Education Companies in Digital Marketing

By Guest Contributor | 02/20/2020 | 0 Comments
6 Smart Strategies for Education Companies in Digital Marketing

Thanks to EdWeek for mentioning us in this great article. Here’s a sneak peek: Digital marketing strategies are evolving in new ways to help education companies target their efforts more effectively, boost their brands, and connect with educators. Companies are using new tactics to thrive on social media. They’re modifying the way they work with […]

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10 Ways to Crush Your Education Marketing Conferences this Year

By Kristina James | 01/17/2020 | 0 Comments
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It’s our favorite time of year (well, one of them), when you can go to one location and meet all your prospects and customers, show them what’s new, and collaborate on what’s next. The 2020 conference season kicked off this week with the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in sunny Miami, FL. The thing […]

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