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Switch to virtual PLCs for more efficient teachers and better results

One of the challenges of running a small school is providing the support and professional development that allows teachers to continuously improve and stay engaged These small groups of teachers work together to identify and tackle problems within their school or district and find ways to improve their pedagogy in the process.

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School websites are a crucial step in new school marketing

As explained in our new school getting started guide, having a website for your school is an important step in the planning and development process. Claiming a domain that is appropriate for your school and setting up a useful website is a strategic move. There’s a little bit more to it than just tossing some information up on the internet – think of your website as how you portray your school to the public. Here are some things to keep in mind as you develop your school’s site:

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Don’t believe these 4 misconceptions about blended learning

As blended learning has received more attention in recent years we’ve seen  more misconceptions and assumptions arise. Want the truth? Raymond Steinmetz, a middle school math teacher and blended learning advocate, wrote a blog addressing just such misconceptions. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

The idea of flexible seating—allowing students to sit wherever they want around the room in various types of seats from exercise balls to milk crates, to bean bag chairs -- has gained some traction over the last several years. The idea is that students, especially young students, need a chance to move, fidget, and sit in different ways throughout the day, rather than being at one desk for an entire school day.

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Beat the report card blues with Twine

It is hard to believe that the end of the first grading period is almost upon us. The school year is nearly a quarter of the way over and it is time to start thinking about sending out the first set of report cards for the year.

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Make planning out your new school a breeze with Twine

So, you’re planning to open a new school. Congrats! This adventure is hard work, but incredibly rewarding. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are quite a few steps involved in the planning process, many of which entail feedback or other involvement by your team of mentors, partners, or future board of directors.

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Digital portfolios are a win-win-win for your school

With the school year getting underway, many of your teachers are probably starting to think about the long-term progress they hope to see their students make this year. Over the course of a school-year, students produce large quantities of work, and compiling this work is great for demonstrating student growth, as well as allowing teachers using alternative grading systems to evaluate student achievement for their final grades.

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Open your new school with a cutting-edge blended learning curriculum

One of the many exciting parts of starting a new school is envisioning what you want the day-to-day activities in your classrooms to look like. One approach that is making big headway is using blended learning to enhance and improve the traditional classroom experience. By combining in-class and online activities in a variety of ways, teachers and administrators can create the blended learning program that works best for their class or school. These blended-learning models allow for teachers to more easily differentiate instruction, for parents to be more active and involved in their child’s education, and for students to build technology literacy while working in their core academic areas.

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Increase family engagement with a school management system

As a new school year starts, schools and families return to their normal routines. Teachers send out welcome letters to parents and talk to students about class expectations, and parents have the same “What did you do at school today” conversations with their children.

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Embrace one of these alternative grading systems in 2018

There are so many things that make private schools great, special, and unique. One of the things we hear schools promote when talking to us about what they have to offer is alternative systems for student assessment.

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