Researchers often ponder the question: What makes a good teacher great? Azul Terronez, an author and former educator, has repeatedly asked students the same question for over 20 years.
It's been a busy summer for our Courseware team at Edmentum, as we recently completed several enhancements in response to feedback you've continued to share with our teams through Seehive, satisfaction surveys, onsite visits, and usability studies. We used the data to inform the redesign and development of Courseware, and we remain committed to listening to our education partners. We are excited to share the new enhancements and eager to work together as you prepare to head into the new school year!
What exactly is an Edmentum state-specific course? It is just what it sounds like! A state-specific course means that we have created a course based on one specific set of standards for one state. The Edmentum Curriculum team creates state-specific courses using our standard course- development process of research, design, creation (writing, editing, and production), and publishing. Let’s take a closer look at what this means for a state-specific course.
For principals, it’s never too early to get ready for the new school year. Check out what two Missouri principals do during summer break to prepare for back to school, along with other interesting reads about how states are beefing up civics in education, the real-life inspiration behind Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up!
Hamish Brewer isn’t your ordinary principal. He’s got tattoos, rides his skateboard around school, and is a born motivator. His infectious and unconventional energy helped to transform Occoquan Elementary in Virginia from a low-income and immigrant school with low test scores to one of the top-performing schools in the state. Now, he’s been tasked with transforming the student population at another struggling school: Fred Lynn Middle School.
A growing number of districts and states around the country have faced significant teacher shortages in recent years. Administrators have found themselves scrambling to fill open positions with qualified candidates and have been forced to find creative, and at times, less than ideal, solutions to overcome this issue. And, these shortages come with negative impacts on multiple levels. Teachers are left with larger class sizes, increased workloads, and classes outside of their area of expertise; students are at risk of missing out on the type of top-quality instruction they need and deserve in order to thrive academically. Here, we’ll take a closer look at what lies at the root of these teacher-shortage issues and what administrators can consider doing to meet specific challenges in their own buildings.
At Edmentum, we’re fiercely committed to working with our educator partners to understand the unique ways they’re approaching these challenges through technology. And, as a part of those ongoing conversations, we often find that questions arise. How do I ensure that students meet proficiency expectations AND growth goals? If I’m using multiple programs, how can they work together, and what does an implementation actually look like? Well, rather than summarizing insights from customers near and far, we thought it was time to go deep and let you hear from one such educator who’s employing two Edmentum programs, Exact Path and Study Island, to drive toward rigorous outcomes that align with her goals and her students’ goals.