Parent-teacher communication, a secret ingredient to student achievement

According to a study by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University entitled “The Underutilized Potential of Teacher-to-Parent Communication,” a field experiment involving 435 struggling high school students proved that even light communication between parents and teachers can be a significant factor in increasing student success. In the study, the teachers employed a brief personal…


Kayla Dunigan on March 29, 2017

A pragmatic approach to predicting our edtech future.

To 2017 and Beyond! A pragmatic approach to predicting our edtech future. Crystal ball predictions about the upcoming year in education are often compelling cases for bold, lofty ideas, but rarely fully consider public policy or government funding landscape. That is perplexing given that K-12 public education is almost entirely funded by taxpayers and for all…


Doug Mesecar on January 25, 2017

Funding possibilities under ESSA explored

The one-year anniversary of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is here. Like most major laws, the impact of ESSA on policy and practice, as well as on funding, is still being determined as regulations and guidance get sorted out, and Congress figures out how to provide funds for it. When finalized,…


Doug Mesecar on December 15, 2016

Data walls are important… And why you shouldn’t be using them

Data walls are important… What are data walls? The appearance and complexity of data walls can vary from school site to school site, but the general characteristics of these walls the same: areas where cards with students’ names and data are displayed and moved around based on different criteria. Some purposes of data walls include…


Michael Williamson on November 16, 2016

Teacher, Time and Technology: Building Blocks of Learning

To get the most out of blended learning and personalization, school leaders must not start with blended learning or technology for its own sake, but instead must undertake a careful design process that emphasizes and appropriately prioritizes the building blocks to unlock its potential. Recent surveys and reporting have highlighted a need to re-emphasize some…


Doug Mesecar on November 2, 2016

From Good to Great Through Personalized Learning in Loudoun County, Virginia

Click here to download the article as PDF. Executive Summary This fall, Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools will introduce a new personalized learning approach in 15 elementary and secondary schools, adding a powerful strategy to the district’s overall vision of preparing students for an increasingly competitive, but collaborative world. Moving deliberatively – and quickly…


Doug Mesecar on October 26, 2016

Defining and Visioning Blended Learning: The Learning Accelerator Goes Deeper

The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a national non-profit organization that is, in their words, “seeking to transform K-12 education by accelerating the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across the US through cultivating and funding the supporting ecosystem” is out with a new, expansive, experience-informed vision for blended learning. TLA’s website is chock full…


Doug Mesecar on October 5, 2016

Education Technology In The Every Student Succeeds Act

The reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, signed into law last week by the president, includes important education technology provisions. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a significant devolution of power from the federal government to states and school districts while espousing a broader concept of what constitutes academic achievement. But will the removal…


Doug Mesecar on September 21, 2016

Why Do Teacher Evaluation?

With the new requirements of Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) moving towards full implementation, it seems like every other conversation I have with our members is around teacher evaluation, and it has made me consider, “why do we do teacher evaluation” in the first place? The ultimate desired outcome is simple, “to foster…


Yolanda Rey on September 9, 2016

How to Avoid ‘Surviving Education’

There is a saying in sports that is along the lines of “remembering when you were a kid and why you played the game.” While that is not an exact quote that you may have heard growing up, but I’m sure that you will get the point. When professionals were younger they were out there…


Chris Schiavone on September 6, 2016

Personalized Learning Produces Positive Outcomes

“The longer students experience personalized learning practices, the greater their growth in achievement,” according to new research by the RAND Corporation. The report, entitled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, is an important contribution to understanding whether personalized learning is producing results and how it is being implemented. With the advent of new technology…


Doug Mesecar on July 8, 2016

Data, What is it Good For?

Data, what is it good for? My daughter’s answer, when I recently asked her this question was, “to keep track of things.” Great answer for an 8-year-old, but unfortunately it captures a still-too-common view that data is for measuring and tracking, rather than informing and guiding. Only using data to measure and track is like…


Doug Mesecar on July 5, 2016

Online learning with CaseNEX PD

Online learning is becoming the conventional way educators participate in professional development. Family demands, childcare costs and transportation expense mean a boost for distance learning.  Because of the interactive and collaborative technology tools available and innovative learning platforms, educators across the world are taking advantage of the conveniences online learning provides. Furthermore, research tells us…


Eric Miller on June 28, 2016

Longleaf Solutions, DataCation & CaseNex Rebrand as IO Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LONGLEAF SOLUTIONS, DATACATION AND CASENEX REBRAND AS IO EDUCATION The combined business, IO Education, will deliver innovative data solutions to grow student achievement, operations efficiency and educator effectiveness for K-12 school districts ATLANTA, GA. – May 24, 2016 – Longleaf Solutions and CaseNEX, announced today the rebranding of the combined business as…


Eric Miller on May 24, 2016

Longleaf Solutions and CaseNEX Join Forces

Combined business will offer comprehensive data management, teacher professional development and personalized learning solutions to the K-12 education market. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA and ATLANTA, GA, September 1, 2015 – CaseNEX and Longleaf Solutions, innovative leaders of data management and professional development solutions for the K-12 education market, today announced that the companies have merged, supported by…


Hardin Daniel on September 8, 2015

IO Education Signs Student Data Privacy Pledge

The recent emphasis on the importance of using student data to boost academic achievement is not without contention, and rightfully so. It is unsettling to know that personal information about your child is floating around, potentially landing in self-serving or harmful hands. Parents have every reason to be frightened by this prospect. On the flip…


Hardin Daniel on December 5, 2014

How To: Using data to differentiate instruction

What is differentiated instruction? By: Mary Conroy Almada Differentiated instruction is a term in education that gets thrown around quite a bit, but what does it actually mean? To determine what differentiated instruction is, we can start by deciding what it is not. According to TeachThought1, differentiated instruction is NOT: Grouping students by “ability” Incompatible…


Michael Williamson on August 29, 2014

Is the use of personal student data important in education?

1) Is personal student data important in education? We are collecting more student data than ever before. Information like academic performance, attendance trends, behavioral history, and the personal history of each student is readily available. When utilized by an education professional that possesses a deep knowledge of pedagogy, academic content and standards, and experience and…


Michael Williamson on August 15, 2014

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