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Don't give parents a Portal

A lot of school management systems include a parent portal -- a small opening or window through which parents get a narrow view of information selected for them. Although this is an okay start for getting parents involved in your school, what your parents truly want is to become part of your school community with access to so much more than what a portal provides.

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Focus on these 5 areas to increase student retention

Student recruitment and retention are some of the most important indicators of successful schools. And of course without students, there is no school.

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The 10 most important qualities in online course materials

In a paper published in the Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, researchers from the Netherlands have established 10 major characteristics of online course materials that help improve student learning. The researchers compiled and analyzed data from 24 different experiments and studies, looking specifically at online and blended learning course materials and how student performance was affected by the presence or absence of these different types of course materials.

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The best of both worlds: how a combined SIS/LMS can benefit your school

In previous posts we explained some of the major features found in two common types of school administration software: student information systems and learning management systems. (If you’re not sure what you need, our checklist can help.)

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Is your student data safe and secure?

An important question facing all schools is how to collect and store student information.

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Work smarter and keep parents happy with 2 new features from Twine

You may be familiar with many of the ways Twine helps keep parents in the loop, from class news and activities to school announcements, schedules, student grades, and more. For schools that want to take the next step, we recently added our Advanced Parent Communications option, providing two powerful new tools:

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Make grading more efficient with Twine

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Make your school's software transition a breeze with these four tips

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3 unexpected ways to leverage attendance data

When it comes to school attendance, it is relatively easy to see that students who come to class more consistently are likely to perform better – students with a high rate of absenteeism miss valuable instruction time, instructions for assignments, and the opportunity to ask questions and get help.

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How you can make extracurriculars easy to manage

Your classroom and lesson plans are ready, students have arrived, and the school year is finally underway. As everyone gets settled into their routines, there is still one big hurdle for staff, teachers, and families alike: setting up school clubs and organizations.

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