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Digital Promise created a framework for districts interested in learning about how to pilot educational technology initiatives.
Practitioners can proceed through each step of the pilot framework or review tools, resources, and educator testimonials.
Digital Promise bases their framework on research conducted between 2011 and 2016 in 15 LEAs piloting educational technology projects.
The National Forum on Education Statistics convened the Personalized Learning Data Working Group to identify key approaches and spotlight case studies of effective practice.
The Forum Guide to Personalized Learning Data describes how tailored instruction and real-time feedback could contribute to students' content mastery. Before delving into the state and district case studies, the working group shared seven steps to support personalized learning. Examples include creating sustainability plans, ensuring student data privacy, and communicating with key stakeholders.
Blended learning integrates self-paced online content with in-person instruction delivered by a licensed educator. When implemented well, this approach allows teachers to differentiate instruction for their students.
The Clayton Christensen Institute created the Blended Learning Universe website to provide free information on how to implement this program in classrooms.
The website includes descriptions of seven instructional models for blended learning, design considerations for school personnel, and a research repository.
Senate Study Committee on the Financial Efficiency Star Rating
The 2018 Georgia General Assembly created several House and Senate Study Committees. The following includes the study committee reports related to education. Legislation during the 2019 General Assembly Session will include many of the recommendations from the committee reports.
House of Representatives Rural Development Council Final Report
House of Representatives Study Committee on School Security Final Report
Senate Study Committee on School Safety
Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia
Senate Study Committee on Advanced Communications Technologies and Use of State and Local Government Right of Way Policy Modernization
Senate Study Committee on Continual Audit Exceptions on Local School Systems
Testimonial Dr Barbara Sims, 4th Grade Teacher at West Newton Elementary School (Newton County Schools) recently shared this -
The SLDS training was extremely helpful as I prepared for conferences. It was like a "one stop shop" and made accessing pertinent student information much easier. As I mentioned earlier, some parents were somewhat surprised that their student's previous years attendance data was being displayed and discussed at conferences; however, in some cases, it opened the door to discuss current attendance patterns and their impact, both negative and positive, on student achievement.
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Testimonial Alma Fraire, 8th Grade ESOL Teacher at Dalton Middle School (Dalton Public Schools) recently shared this -
I am very pleased with all the information I have access to because it is helping to drive my instruction and support the students in the areas they need help with. I believe having all the data and discussing it with the students is helping me to become a better teacher, and since the students are aware of their needs, it is helping them become better students.
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Reminder- Local Assessments Can Be Imported into SLDS Many districts in Georgia have taken advantage of having some of their local assessments (formative assessments) imported into SLDS. This is a reminder that if your district uses Renaissance Learning's STAR Reader, STAR Math, or Early Literacy or if your district uses NWEA's MAP (Measure of Academic Progress), then your district's Assessment Director can request information on the "sharing agreement" that is needed. FYI - once the sharing agreement is in place and the original setup is completed, the vendors do all the exporting of data. Trying to keep all the things a teacher needs in ONE PLACE!
Survey Quotes *I like this type of training where we were taught something and then allowed to practice with our own information. It was relevant and it allowed us to add our own student's information on the EL form.
*The training was very effective and has already been utilized in my data analysis process.
*Add more training sessions during the year *Well put together session that I found very informative.
*I like having the trainer in person walking us through everything. I don't know ways to improve this training.
*This type of training is beneficial because there is opportunity for Q/A and immediate feed back.
*The hands-on way that we did it, was perfect for me.
More Training Will Always Help! It never fails to amaze- routinely we run into Teachers, Counselors, Administrators that are amazed with all that is in SLDS NOW! It is common to hear, "I didn't know that was in there", "I wish I had known that was in SLDS, it would have saved me days/weeks worth of research"... For example, recently a group of SLDS-fluent teachers were SHOCKED that a parent could see all of the SLDS data on their own child via their SIS Parent Portal. Yes!!! Parents even have access to SLDS. Not to mention, ACCESS scores, GAA, Professional Development, 30,000+ Digital Resources aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence.... all at your fingertips!
If you haven't had training in the past 18 months, NOW is the time to consider scheduling it.
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If your district uses E-Rate funding for connectivity and technology infrastructure, you already have all the foundation you need to attract grant dollars that can help transform your educational programs - from 1:1 computing to personalized education and beyond - and make your district's E-Rate connectivity come to life across grade spans and disciplines.Join Grants Office and special guests from Aruba and Connection Public Sector Solutions as we discuss the grant programs that dovetail with E-Rate, highlight best practices for developing technology-rich projects across your district, and review some of the technology solutions that are working in schools today.For resources and tools to do more with your district’s E-Rate funding, you won’t want to miss this event!
Georgia Virtual Learning is your headquarters for online education from the Georgia Department of Education. Stay tuned as the program grows into your portal to various learning resources delivered by the GaDOE. Currently, you can find links to Georgia Virtual School, the online learning opportunity for 9-12 students, Georgia Credit Recovery, the teacher-less online location for students who need to recover credit from an unsuccessful course.