Helping Students Work through the Challenges of Online Learning

The number of students who complete all or part of their coursework online is continuously growing, and so are the expectations of them. Participation and interaction in online courses should be equal to what is asked of students in brick-and-mortar classrooms, but how do students know what they need to do in order to excel in online courses? To help these students, schools and districts must hone in on what will engage students in a way that enables them to be successful in overcoming the challenges of online learning. Ensuring that students are taking the proper steps to achieve success means putting a plan in place on how they can work to adapt to online learning and avoid mistakes and distractions. Read More

How Can Parents Help Prevent Summer Slide?

We’re in the homestretch of the 2017–2018 school year, and we’re sure you’re just as excited for summer break as your students are. But with vacation, no school, and sleeping in right around the corner, summer slide is gearing up to flaunt its ugly head, too. Summer slide, or the learning loss many students experience during summer break, disproportionately affects low-income students. At best, students learn little or nothing during long breaks from school, but at worst, they can lose many weeks of learning from the school year. Offering resources and tips to parents and guardians to help their students keep learning over the summer can help prevent the summer slide.

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Teaching Resources for Ellis Island Family History Day

April 17th is recognized as Ellis Island Family History Day, so tomorrow, Americans are encouraged to celebrate and recognize the contributions made to our country by those who came through Ellis Island. Many of my own ancestors, including my great-grandparents, came through Ellis Island in the early 1900s.

The United States is a nation of immigrants, many of whom came through Ellis Island, and their ancestry comes from all over the world. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, individuals across the world (from Liverpool to Calabria to Istanbul) came through the “golden doors” to America. The island served as the primary immigration station in the United States and was designed to handle up to 7,000 passengers each day.

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One School’s Success with Data-Driven Instruction

Claude Elementary School outside of Amarillo, Texas enrolls approximately 160 students in grades pre-K to 5. In the 2016–2017 school year, Edgenuity® helped administrators and teachers evaluate the growth of students enrolled in Pathblazer® compared to student growth from a normative sample. In short, the students grew significantly on the NWEA MAP® Growth assessments between the fall and spring semesters. Almost two-thirds of students met or exceeded national normative growth in reading and nearly three-quarters met or exceeded normative growth in math. So, how exactly did they accomplish this?

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Flexible Learning Solutions for Student Athletes

Many students who participate in competitive sports struggle to find a balance between athletics and academics. With the educational technology available today, districts and schools across the nation are able to do more to help student athletes find that balance by giving them options that fit into their busy schedules. One way schools are challenging students academically and allowing them to pursue their athletic dreams is by offering flexible learning solutions for student athletes. Here, we’ll explore the correlation between participation in sports and academics, and share a video about how one school is using online courses to help student athletes get the most out of their education.

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