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How students gained a half-grade in just weeks

A team of researchers from several US universities recently demonstrated that students learn best when classroom learning is augmented with online access to materials and discussion. This approach, often called “blended learning”, improved student test scores by nearly 5 points – half of a letter grade – over a period of just a few weeks.

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Getting the most from student portfolios

As the school year starts many teachers are looking for new ways to approach old lessons. Student portfolios, already a classroom staple for teachers, are a great place to start.

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Focus on these 4 things to keep parents happy at the start of the year

A new school year is right around the corner, and with it comes the chance to make a first impression on new families and to welcome returning students back. In the realm of private schools, it is especially important to start the year off right, because students and families haven chosen your school specifically – and you want to show them they made the right choice!

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4 tips for making this school year the best one yet

Before students fill classrooms with pencils, books, and tales of summer adventures, school staff and teachers return to prepare for the new year. In only a couple short weeks – or less – teachers have to set up the classrooms, have team meetings, and get everything ready for students to arrive.

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Learning management systems 101: What are they and what do they do?

Whether you are just starting up a new small private school or you’ve grown to a size that is hard to manage by hand, you’ve probably heard about the myriad computer software options that are out there for your school. SIS, LMS, email, clouds – there are a lot of things out there to research and learn about.

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Student information systems: the basics

Whether you are just starting up a new small private school or you’ve grown to a size that is hard to manage by hand, you’ve probably heard about the myriad computer software options that are out there for your school. SIS, LMS, email, clouds – there are a lot of things out there to research and learn about.

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Best practices for implementing professional learning communities

Professional Learning Communities are one of the most common ways for teachers to collaborate and work together to strengthen lessons, review new research or trends in education and improve curriculum. Research shows that students can significantly benefit from their teachers’ participation in these groups and the improved instruction that comes as a result.

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Make learning personalized by using an LMS

One of the most difficult parts of planning lessons and curriculum for the classroom is differentiation of material for students with different learning styles, different levels of content mastery, different ELL status – the list goes on and on.

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5 features of an LMS you won’t want to live without

A learning management system can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and has many different features. One thing they should all have in common, though, is making it easier for school administration and teachers to engage students and their parents in the learning process by keeping things organized and easy to use.

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5 tips for successful project-based learning

Research shows that Project-Based Learning leads to better long-term retention and skill development, as well as has higher levels of both teacher and student satisfaction than traditional teaching approaches. Experts in education also say that PBL helps students make connections to the real world, which helps students better understand why they are learning the things they are.

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