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[Best Practices] Lessons from an Indiana Blended Learning Program That Works

Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with one of our Edmentum partners in Middlebury, Indiana, to gather some tried-and-true best practices from a blended learning program with a history of success. Lauren Bailey, the blended learning lab teacher at Northridge Middle School (NMS), leverages Edmentum Courseware for digital curriculum and EdOptions Academy for completely virtual courses in her blended learning lab.

Fiscal Year Spend Down: 3 Ways to Use It Before You Lose It

As the clock ticks down on state education budgets, teachers and administrators are often encouraged to spend down funds before they disappear. While no two states may have quite the same timeline for this end-of-year mad dash, a large spike in spending generally occurs in the spring months for this reason.

Preparing for Success: ACT® for College Entrance and High School Accountability

Today, the ACT® exam is one of the nation’s leading college entry exams. Built to determine students’ academic readiness for the next step in their academic careers, it’s often taken by high school juniors and seniors. In recent years, however, the ACT exam has also taken a more prominent role in high school accountability plans in a handful of states (and the list is growing). And, while it’s no secret there are a lot of options when it comes to preparing for this nationally recognized exam, navigating the appropriate plan for preparation can be challenging.

Everything you need to prepare for South Carolina READY, SCPASS, and EOCEP assessments

It’s hard to believe that the SC READY, SCPASS, and EOCEP are just a few months away! With such broad concerns as ensuring that your students know the grade- or course-specific material and are feeling confident they have the right mindset and testing strategies, we know that testing time can be extremely stressful for all involved.

Everything you need to prepare for North Carolina READY EOG and EOC assessments

It’s hard to believe that the NC READY End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments are just a few months away! With such broad concerns as ensuring that your students know the grade- or course-specific material and are feeling confident they have the right mindset and testing strategies, we know that testing time can be extremely stressful for all involved.

10 New Skills Superintendents Need in 2018, as Learned at AASA

At the recent National Conference on Education presented by AASA (The School Superintendents Association), held February 15–17, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee, district leaders gathered together to learn more about “Education in the Digital Age,” this year’s theme. And, while much of the content centered around online learning, it was clear by the variety of sessions offered and the conversations overheard that superintendents today have a lot of complicated priorities taking up headspace. Whether you hold the position of superintendent yourself, hope one day to reach this position, or simply want to gain a better understanding of this role, today we’re unpacking 10 new skills expected of superintendents in 2018 that I learned at the AASA conference.

Exact Path Awarded ISTE Seal of Alignment for Readiness

It’s safe to say we’re in the midst of a digital education age! What does that mean for schools and districts? While increased access to technology and online learning software opens up a new world of possibilities, it also leads to a lot of questions regarding quality and effectiveness. Fortunately, as educators seek providers and partners they can trust, the highly respected International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has elevated and contributed to the conversation by establishing the ISTE Seal of Alignment program.

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