St. Mary’s County improves student performance on state tests and graduation rate with data-driven instruction

Prior to 2005, SMCPS used a spreadsheet system to track student performance, but that left data siloed and difficult to cross tabulate. In 2005, the district made significant changes in the way it manages student assessment data, moving from spreadsheets to the Unify assessment platform.

St. Mary’s County improves student performance on state tests and graduation rate with data-driven instruction 2018-05-21T16:18:31+00:00

How to prepare for ESSA

Many teachers have come to expect change as a routine part of their occupation. Not only do classes change every semester or year, but education requirements are constantly evolving as policymakers try to determine the best way to educate and evaluate the nation’s children.

How to prepare for ESSA 2018-07-07T08:07:22+00:00

The role of Calibration in determining educator effectiveness

Albert “Duffy” Miller, Ed.D., President of Teaching Learning Solutions, has gathered recent research and explored current trends in observer calibration, sharing his findings in a comprehensive new white paper, “The Role of Calibration in Determining Educator Effectiveness.”

The role of Calibration in determining educator effectiveness 2018-07-07T08:08:06+00:00

Tips for implementing an assessment solution

Rolling out a district wide assessment solution is no small task. Williamson County Schools in Middle Tennessee has gone through the process multiple times with previous vendors over the years, so we’ve learned the hard way on what to do and what not to do.

Tips for implementing an assessment solution 2018-07-07T08:08:45+00:00

What is observer calibration and why does it matter?

Calibration is a term used often when speaking about the need to ensure accuracy among observers, yet the multiple ways in which calibration is defined has resulted in various interpretations of what calibration is, and is not.

What is observer calibration and why does it matter? 2018-07-07T08:09:37+00:00

Growth-driven performance management — in 3 simple steps

Tony Davis, Ph.D., consulting director at McREL International — a TalentEd strategic partner — draws on 28 years’ experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and K-12 human resources administrator to offer three tips for developing growth-driven performance management processes.

Growth-driven performance management — in 3 simple steps 2018-06-12T10:19:56+00:00

The Power of “Yet”

Recently I had the privilege of hearing the 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year, Jessica Solano, deliver a keynote address. In her presentation, she talked about the power of “yet” and the undeniable hope and expectation that this small three-letter word conveys.

The Power of “Yet” 2018-07-07T08:11:29+00:00

3 high-impact ways technology helps attract and retain quality teachers

To fulfill their role in advancing student achievement, K-12 talent management teams must effectively attract, identify, support and develop teachers from the time they apply, until they complete exit interviews. Here are three ways technology can support that goal.

3 high-impact ways technology helps attract and retain quality teachers 2018-07-07T08:12:39+00:00

Getting to the core of personalized professional learning

It’s not a new concept that educators need differentiated professional learning opportunities. It is an emerging trend that seeks to support educator‐centered, 21st century learning.

Getting to the core of personalized professional learning 2018-07-07T08:14:03+00:00
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