Switch to virtual PLCs for more efficient teachers and better results

Gary FalconUncategorized

One of the challenges of running a small school is providing the support and professional development that allows teachers to continuously improve and stay engaged These small groups of teachers work together to identify and tackle problems within their school or district and find ways to improve their pedagogy in the process. Of course, it can be difficult for teachers … Read More

School websites are a crucial step in new school marketing

Gary FalconUncategorized

As explained in our new school getting started guide, having a website for your school is an important step in the planning and development process. Claiming a domain that is appropriate for your school and setting up a useful website is a strategic move. There’s a little bit more to it than just tossing some information up on the internet – … Read More

Don’t believe these 4 misconceptions about blended learning

Gary FalconUncategorized

As blended learning has received more attention in recent years we’ve seen  more misconceptions and assumptions arise. Want the truth? Raymond Steinmetz, a middle school math teacher and blended learning advocate, wrote a blog addressing just such misconceptions. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Blended learning isn’t the same as online learning – As Steinmetz explains, the important part … Read More

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

Gary FalconUncategorized

The idea of flexible seating—allowing students to sit wherever they want around the room in various types of seats from exercise balls to milk crates, to bean bag chairs — has gained some traction over the last several years. The idea is that students, especially young students, need a chance to move, fidget, and sit in different ways throughout the … Read More

Beat the report card blues with Twine

Gary FalconUncategorized

It is hard to believe that the end of the first grading period is almost upon us. The school year is nearly a quarter of the way over and it is time to start thinking about sending out the first set of report cards for the year. If that thought sends a chill down your spine, maybe it is time … Read More

Make planning your new school a breeze with Twine

Gary FalconUncategorized

So, you’re planning to open a new school. Congrats! This adventure is hard work, but incredibly rewarding. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are quite a few steps involved in the planning process, as detailed in our guide to starting a private school. Many of these tasks entail feedback or other involvement by your team of mentors, partners, or future … Read More

Digital portfolios are a win-win-win for your school

Gary FalconUncategorized

With the school year getting underway, many of your teachers are probably starting to think about the long-term progress they hope to see their students make this year. Over the course of a school-year, students produce large quantities of work, and compiling this work is great for demonstrating student growth, as well as allowing teachers using alternative grading systems to … Read More

Increase family engagement with a school management system

Gary FalconUncategorized

As a new school year starts, schools and families return to their normal routines. Teachers send out welcome letters to parents and talk to students about class expectations, and parents have the same “What did you do at school today” conversations with their children. What if you could change up this whole routine to get parents and students more engaged … Read More

Embrace one of these alternative grading systems in 2018

Gary FalconUncategorized

There are so many things that make private schools great, special, and unique. One of the things we hear schools promote when talking to us about what they have to offer is alternative systems for student assessment. As educators, it is easy to understand that the learning process is complex, messy, and difficult to summarize with just one letter. Letter grades are … Read More

Simplify back-to-school prep with a combined SIS/LMS

Gary FalconUncategorized

As we head into August, many schools are prepping for back-to-school – some are even starting as early as this week! For teachers and principals this time of year means working out logistics, getting students where they need to be, and setting up classrooms and schools for the first day of school. One area that requires a lot of logistical … Read More