Build a great website for your new school with these five tips

Gary FalconSchool Websites

So, you’re starting a new school and you know you want to have a website to help promote it but maybe you’re not exactly sure what to include. The good news – and the challenge — is that your options are as wide as the time you have to. At the very least, though, strive to include the following useful … Read More

New tools to help your teachers better present content and track progress

Gary FalconProduct Features

Whether you’re looking to expand a blended learning initiative or just make course materials more accessible for your students, having a learning management system is a great way to get students active and working on course work from anywhere they have the internet. With Twine’s new Course Builder functionality, doing this is now easier than ever. Teachers can easily create … Read More

Make sure you know your state’s regulations about starting a new school

Gary FalconSchool Management

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re somewhere along the process of starting a new school. You’ve probably spent some time envisioning what you’d like your school to be like, and maybe even begun the process of setting your school up. One thing that is absolutely crucial to your success is knowing and understanding the state regulations for opening … Read More

Switch to virtual PLCs for more efficient teachers and better results

Gary FalconSchool Management

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 FalconSchool Websites

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 FalconBlended Learning

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 FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

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 FalconProduct Features

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 FalconProduct Features, School Management

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 FalconLearning Management, Product Features

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