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Topic: Teaching & Learning

Character, Care, and Respect Build a School Community

Character, Care, and Respect Build a School Community

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Social and emotional learning... Read the full article >
Creating More Equitable Assessments

Creating More Equitable Assessments

Increasingly, district leaders are turning to Cognia™ to determine whether assessments and test items are equitable, and whether they provide valid information about how well students are making progress toward standards. Often, district officials want to be sure that the data they collect from their assessments accurately reflects what is... Read the full article >
Lessons from Online Schools

Lessons from Online Schools

Online schools provide insights into what makes for effective transitions to remote learning. Surveys conducted by Cognia™ in spring of 2020 reveal the academic, personal, and emotional challenges that students, teachers and parents face in the dramatic shift to remote learning that is likely to continue throughout this school year.... Read the full article >
The “T” in STEM: Moving from Stuff to Skills in the Learning Ecosystem

The “T” in STEM: Moving from Stuff to Skills in the Learning Ecosystem

Among many other things, the term “STEM” brings to mind requisite skills such as critical thinking, making connections to the real world, and competency in interfacing with technology. Recent months have put into stark relief the nature of problems in our world, as well as the role of digital technology... Read the full article >
Are Teachers Ready for School?

Are Teachers Ready for School?

Despite the incredible progress made, educators remain similarly united in confusion and concern over a sustainable path forward through extended remote or hybrid learning periods. In thinking about this transition, we must make key mindset shifts from what historically have been reliable conventions to much more iterative, flexible models. These... Read the full article >
One School's Response

One School's Response

I can recount question after question as we then (and still) continued to receive daily updates regarding the severity of the pandemic, and our response as a charter network and school community. Initial curiosities and complexities surfaced regarding assessments, grading, professional development, hiring, end of year trips, finances, athletics, and... Read the full article >
Equity in Assessment: A Guide for Administrators

Equity in Assessment: A Guide for Administrators

A brief history of equity in education Equity in educational opportunity has been a major focus of federal legislation and programs for over a half a century. It started with the passing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 and continued in all its subsequent reauthorizations, including No... Read the full article >
The Futures of Educational Testing

The Futures of Educational Testing

I’m talking about both state accountability testing and local testing—i.e., district, school, and classroom. The reason I’m addressing both is because I’ve seen the significant impact the former can have on the latter. In their own testing, local educators often mimic the kinds of tests that produce results for which... Read the full article >
Early Childhood Assessment

Early Childhood Assessment

In addition, early childhood assessment identifies the need for intervention or support services due to developmental delays or other risk factors influencing typical development. Finally, assessment supports programs in evaluating the effectiveness of learning environments, curriculum and instructional practices. A comprehensive assessment system within an early childhood program should include... Read the full article >
Finding the Genius in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Finding the Genius in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

About Lake Hills School Lake Hills School is the Exceptional Student Education Center School for Lake County, Florida, which serves students with significant cognitive disabilities (SwSCD) ages 3–22. All of the classrooms at Lake Hills School are self-contained meaning the classes are multi-grade level and multi-ability level. For example, a... Read the full article >