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PowerSchool to Acquire Kickboard

Adding one of K-12’s leading behavior management solutions, including the only evidence-based ESSA Level II platform, to PowerSchool will provide a more comprehensive approach to understanding and supporting the whole

A Data-Driven Approach Turns School Discipline Around

Improving student behavior starts with a positive school culture. With the right research, leaders and teachers own the process to create environments in which students excel. ASCD.org A Data-Driven Approach

Creative Alternative Strategies to School Suspension

Each year, more than 3 million students face out-of-school suspensions (OSS), typically for nonviolent behavior. Students with disabilities and students of color are generally suspended at higher rates than their

9 Things Schools Can Do Today To Improve Attendance

Excused absences, unexcused absences, suspensions—all contribute to chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing 10 percent or more school days per year. While the causes vary, chronic absenteeism is now

8 ways to prevent chronic absenteeism

While it may seem like common sense that students have to be in school to learn, chronic absenteeism persists in K-12 schools, impacting as many as 7.5 million children a

Kickboard and Aperture Form Partnership

Social-emotional learning company Aperture Education and Kickboard, a provider of technology and coaching for school culture initiatives, have formed a partnership aimed at helping schools collect, monitor, and analyze data

5 Ways to Build a Positive Culture and Improve School Performance

http://inservice.ascd.org/5-ways-to-build-a-positive-culture-and-improve-school-performance/In many high-poverty urban areas, there is usually at least one school that has a reputation for being a “tough campus.” Betty Best Elementary, a Title I school in Houston,

A Schoolwide Approach to Student Motivation

Building relationships and supporting the needs, talents, and interests of our students and teachers is of the utmost importance. Yet when I arrived at Durham Elementary International Baccalaureate World School

Paying Attention to Small Data and School Culture

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/01/02/hot-edtech-trends-2017/2/In 2016, educators began realizing that while big data can be very helpful, it is not enough. To truly make a difference in student learning and achievement, we must pay

From Awareness to Action: 5 Steps to Change your School Culture

https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/from-awareness-to-action-5-steps-to-change-your-school-culture/How would your teachers, students, and parents describe your school’s environment? Most of us are familiar with the benefits of a positive school climate and culture: stronger engagement, fewer suspensions,

Raising The Bar: A Change In School Culture Boosts Student Achievement

https://www.naesp.org/principal-novemberdecember-2016-classrooms-focus/raising-bar-change-school-culture-boosts-student-acResearch shows that the amount of time students spend engaging in instruction is highly correlated with academic achievement. So, when a student receives a discipline referral and is sent to

Small Data: Cracking the Code of Student Success

http://bit.ly/2dP7ClsA trail of “big data” now follows each student from the first day of kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond. Technology allows teachers and administrators to capture, organize and

Developing and Assessing School Culture

A position paper of the Character Education Partnership that shares three conditions for building positive school cultures.http://www.character.org/uploads/PDFs/White_Papers/DevelopingandAssessingSchoolCulture.pdf

The Behavior Battle: High- and Low-Tech Solutions

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/behavior-battle-high-low-tech-solutions-james-patersonIt was the last period of a gloomy Tuesday in February. The teacher, a happy, hardworking guy who relished teaching seventh-grade math as much as his students enjoyed learning it

Managing Student Behavior with Positivity and Kindness

http://inservice.ascd.org/managing-student-behavior-with-positivity-and-kindness/When preK–12 educators talk about managing student behavior, the focus is often on negative behaviors. In our school district, like many others, we have an online system for inputting discipline

High on EdTech in the Mile High City

https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/high-on-edtech-in-the-mile-high-city/ISTE 2016 reveals the edtech field to now be significantly maturing, employing sophisticated technologies to provide crowdsourced instructional, assessment, and professional development items for teachers by teachers; rich, easy-to-use content,

Is Your School’s Culture Toxic or Positive?

Education World | Some ideas from thought leader Dr. Kent D. Peterson on the staff relationships that help define school culture and the impact on both colleagues and students.http://bit.ly/21Rr4P5