3 unexpected ways to leverage attendance data

Gary FalconSchool Management

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. One charter school, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math … Read More

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

Gary FalconLearning Management, School Management

One of the biggest questions from schools taking on new school administration software is how to easily transition staff, teachers, students, and parents to the new system, particularly in the midst of a school year. It may sound like a daunting task, but with the right software vendor you’ll have the support you need to have a painless transition. Here … Read More

How you can make extracurriculars easy to manage

Gary FalconProduct Features

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. Decades of educational research have made the connection between student involvement in extracurricular activities and increased educational performance. As a … Read More

How students gained a half-grade in just weeks

Gary FalconBlended Learning

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. The controlled study looked at scores for … Read More

Getting the most from student portfolios

Gary FalconProduct Features, School Management

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. In the traditional classroom, portfolios might consist of a three-ring binder with dividers, each section designated for a different type of assignment or unit in the course. They allow students … Read More

4 tips for making this school year the best one yet

Gary FalconSchool Management

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. Is your school ready for the new year? Here … Read More

Best practices for implementing professional learning communities

Gary FalconSchool Management

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. In the life of a busy teacher or administrator, … Read More

Student information systems: the basics

Gary FalconSchool Management

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. In this … Read More