IO Education Earns Two BESSIE Awards from ComputED Gazette

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IO Education Earns Two BESSIE Awards from ComputED Gazette IO Education, a market leader in helping educators use data to improve outcomes, has received two awards from ComputED Gazette’s 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE). IO Insights won Best Districtwide Data Reporting Website, and IO Assessment won Best Online Assessment Solution….


Eric Masters on April 24, 2017

Using the Virtual Data Wall to Analyze Student Assessment Data

In this article below, we will be focus on Assessments and how to turn the raw data from your students’ assessments into insights about progress and achievement so that you can take action to personalize learning goals and even differentiate instruction to help improve outcomes for your students. There are many types of assessments in…


Kayla Dunigan on April 12, 2017

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

IO Insights Update – January 2017

IO Education is excited to begin 2017 with several significant updates that have been requested from our partners, including updates in the presentation and functionality in the Virtual Data Wall, Assessment Management, and Plans. Redesigned Virtual Data Wall The redesigned Virtual Data Wall allows educators to analyze student academic data quicker and more intuitive. Changes to…


Kayla Dunigan on January 13, 2017

Professional Learning Communities and Data Team Meetings: How PLCs and data meetings are best used to identify struggling students and intervene

A principal in Reading, Massachusetts asked her teachers to give up one hour every six weeks in order to meet and share their student data. During this time, the teachers came together, asked questions, shared their practices, and collaborated on ways that they could improve student learning. Seven years later, Cathy Giles’ teachers now ask…


Michael Williamson on December 21, 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

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

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

The Importance of Teacher Evaluations

Why teacher evaluations can be a powerful practice for both educators and students. High quality teaching instruction is one of the most, if not the most, impactful elements on students’ levels of achievement. In 2007, Barber and Mourshed published a study that examined the best school systems in the world, or rather the school systems…


Hardin Daniel on December 29, 2014

Driving Efficiencies in School, District Operations & Management

As costs continue to soar ahead of school funding, it becomes more and more imperative for superintendents and other district officers to get strong outcomes for the dollars spent on education. Effective district leadership has become synonymous with streamlining (and possibly re-engineering) systems to increase efficiency. Having the tools and knowledge to drive this continuous…


Hardin Daniel on December 15, 2014

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