Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

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 day, rather than being at one desk for an entire school day.

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Make planning your new school a breeze with Twine

Make planning your new school a breeze with Twine

One challenge when working on a large, collaborative project is how to manage all of the steps and keep everyone on the same page.

Twine groups give you and your executive team a secure, organized place to share and store documents and ideas. Members of each group can add feedback, ask questions, and post documents of their own, making groups the perfect centralized location for you to store important forms, enlist the advice of others, discuss challenges, and plot the course from dream to the first day of school.

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Open your new school with a cutting-edge blended learning curriculum

Open your new school with a cutting-edge blended learning curriculum

By combining in-class and online activities in a variety of ways, teachers and administrators can create the blended learning program that works best for their class or school. These blended-learning models allow for teachers to more easily differentiate instruction, for parents to be more active and involved in their child’s education, and for students to build technology literacy while working in their core academic areas.

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Embrace one of these alternative grading systems in 2018

Embrace one of these alternative grading systems in 2018

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 the norm in many schools. And, parents and families expect some kind of regular feedback for student progress.

So, what are your options as a private school who wants to embrace an alternative to traditional letter grades?

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

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

Whether you have 50 or 500 students, handling student placement in courses can be quite a task. Today you have lots of software options to help with this process and ensure everything is error-free. A student information system is can be one of these keys; learning management systems are also important, providing online portals for teachers, students and parents. Which is right for you?

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Types of Schools: a Primer

Types of Schools: a Primer

As someone thinking about opening a school, you’ve probably spent some time reading through rules and regulations and trying to determine the best first steps in your process. One thing that can be tricky is knowing all of the different types of schools and what distinguishes them from one another. Some of the differences are pretty nuanced!

We’ve created this guide to help you manage this new list of vocabulary.

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Gradebooks and report cards and transcripts, oh my

Gradebooks and report cards and transcripts, oh my

These tools are so fundamental – and seem so straight-forward. Yet too often schools spend countless hours compiling grades, filling out spreadsheets and forms, building report cards in Word or Excel, and having no insight into overall school performance until the end of the term when often it is too late to intervene. 

What if there were a better way?  How would it work?  Here’s one approach.

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Make your website do the heavy lifting for you with these tips

Make your website do the heavy lifting for you with these tips

Whether you’re just starting out as a new school or working on further establishing your already-existing school, a good website is crucial to your efforts. There’s a little bit more to it than just tossing some information up on the internet – think of your website as how you portray your school to the public. Here are some things to keep in mind as you develop or revise your school’s site.

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Using flexible seating to make your classrooms truly student-centered

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms truly student-centered

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 day, rather than being at one desk for an entire school day.

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Increase your chances of teacher buy-in for your new LMS with these tips

Increase your chances of teacher buy-in for your new LMS with these tips

As a school leader who is considering investing in a learning management system, you’ve probably put some thought into how you can get your teachers and staff to support a change. After all, teacher buy-in is an important part of the success of any school initiative but particularly when it comes to something like an LMS.

The Center for Teaching Quality, an organization that works to improve education, suggests these 3 tips to increase teacher buy-in for your next school-wide initiative. Here’s how you can use those tips to gain support for a new LMS.

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Bring strategy to your student retention efforts with these 4 tips

Bring strategy to your student retention efforts with these 4 tips

As the last grading period of the school year gets underway, one thing many school administrators are thinking about is enrollment for next school year. It is never too early to put thought into student retention – after all, the financial benefit to your school of retaining a student vs. bringing in a new one is significant. Here are four tips that you can use to help set up a clear process for aiding in student retention .

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