Are you prepared for ESSA?

ESSA begins to take effect in early 2017. Are you ready?

ESSA, or Every Student Succeeds Act, the long awaited successor to No Child Left Behind will start to take effect at the beginning of this coming year. 

A major focal point of the new law is on formative, rather than summative assessments. 

This can cause a major shift in the instructional models schools are using and the way districts have set up their curriculum.

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Questions to consider as you transition from NCLB to ESSA


 

Ease your transition from NCLB to ESSA by thinking through these questions

The pending switch from NCLB to ESSA is coming soon. ESSA will "soft-launch" at the beginning of 2017 and won't be fulling implemented until the start of the 2017-18 school year. 

Seems like an enternity away, but it's not. 

So while you've got some time on your hands it's helpful to think through how your district and/or school will handle the upcoming transition to ESSA

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Distributed Learning for K12 Part 5: Take Action

In this brief blog series we'll be discussing the concept of Distributed Learning. What it is, the impact it has on K12 education, best practices for use in your school/district and other useful tips and tricks. Before diving into this post it might prove helpful to start at the beginning. Read part 1part 2,  part 3 and part 4

This is it. You've reached the end. The rubber will now meet the road.  

You're reading this because you've taken the time to determine your priorities, collect the relevant data and then analyze it.

You've either taken all those steps or you are going to. We're certain of it :)

Now comes the hard part... Or is it the easy part?

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Distributed Learning for K12 Part 4: Analyze

In this brief blog series we'll be discussing the concept of Distributed Learning. What it is, the impact it has on K12 education, best practices for use in your school/district and other useful tips and tricks. Before diving into this post it might prove helpful to start at the beginning. Part 1part 2 and part 3

Analyze. Analysis. Analytics. 

We realize that a lot of our brains just shut off at the mention of any one of those words. But stick with us here...

You've now come to the part of the process where you as school and district leaders can begin to reap the fruits of your labor. 

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What's missing in adaptive learning technology

Why Thrivist is different

EdWeek's MarketBrief is a wealth of information and if you're reading this and aren't privy to all of the goodies over there then you owe it to yourself to check it out. (After you're finished here, of course.)

This article, about where developers swing and miss with adaptive learning tech, caught our eye for a few reasons: 

  1. We're pioneering true adaptive learning technology for K12 schools and districts and more importantly...
  2. Are we missing the mark with our technology?
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