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How to Teach Writing like a Bestselling Author

Posted by Sarah Guckert

Jodi Picoult, Laraine Herring, and Jen Bryant offer advice on how educators can inspire students to write and open minds to the world outside the classroom

In school districts across the country, most students aren’t getting the support they need to build competency in writing. With only 24% of incoming eighth graders performing at proficient levels, educators need tools and solutions to teach writing as a response to reading and build critical thinking skills in young learners.

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Topics: Elementary Education  Middle School Education

Solving 5 Common Challenges of Writing Instruction

Posted by Tatum Travers

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education  Education Technology

The School District Roadmap to Strategic Planning Success

Posted by Tatum Travers

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Topics: Elementary Education  Middle School Education  Tech Education News  Education Technology

Taking Risks in the Classroom with Jennie Magiera

Posted by eSpark Learning

 

Jennie Magiera

Jennie began her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and then served as the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy For Urban School Leadership. Now she's the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines Public School District 62. Her new book Courageous Edventures is an essential text for educators ready to transform learning.


She's been honored as a TEDx speaker, White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer and CPS’ 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year. You can find her on Twitter at @MsMagiera.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

3 Digital Resources for Black History Month

Posted by Tatum Travers

 

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

Solving Education's Most Important Metric [Infographic]

Posted by Tatum Travers

 

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education  Education Technology

Prioritizing Student Joy

Posted by Tatum Travers

A 2015 survey of over 900,000 public school students found that only 50% of students are engaged in their learning. The same survey found that engaged students are nearly 5x more likely than their disengaged peers to self-identify as a successful student. How do we prioritize student joy so that more learners find success in the classroom and in life? During a recent webinar, we asked educators to weigh in and share how  they're prioritizing student joy in their district.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology

How School Districts Are Shaping the Edtech They Use

Posted by David Vinca and Tatum Travers

At eSpark Learning, we want to reimagine classrooms so that they’re student-centered, allowing students to succeed in school and in life. I’m really proud of our product that we have today, shaped in large part by the school districts we’ve partnered with over the years.

The trajectory of eSpark Learning has been marked by what I like to call “magic moments,” instances in which fearless educators and administrators have aligned with our team to work towards a vision in which every student, regardless of circumstance or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream.

Having just celebrated our company’s sixth anniversary, I reflected on a few of the magic moments that have pushed us to where we are today and exemplify the grit, innovation, and healthy skepticism of the district leaders we work with.

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Topics: Tech Education News  Education Technology