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

5 tips for successful project-based learning

Gary FalconSchool Management

Research shows that Project-Based Learning leads to better long-term retention and skill development, as well as has higher levels of both teacher and student satisfaction than traditional teaching approaches. Experts in education also say that PBL helps students make connections to the real world, which helps students better understand why they are learning the things they are. What is Project-Based Learning? Project-based learning … Read More

Help your school combat “summer slide”

Gary FalconSchool Management

According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose up to 3 months of learning in math and reading during the summer months. In reading, these losses are greatest among low-income youth, who are less likely to have access to summer camps and other enrichment programs. This gap can account for a large amount of learning loss – by fifth … Read More

Make report card season stress-free

Gary FalconProduct Features, School Management

Take a deep breath – you made it! The end of the school year is here and summer is so close you can taste the chlorine from the pool and burgers on the grill. There is one last hurdle standing between you and summer break: Report cards. For many schools, report card time is one of the most logistically challenging … Read More

Great software helps community building and parent outreach at Arbor School.

Gary FalconSchool Management

For large schools with hundreds and hundreds of students, it makes sense that they need learning and student management systems for record keeping and communications in one place, but it might not be as obvious why smaller independent schools need similar tools. In addition to organizing a multitude of aspects of school life, the learning management system (LMS) has tremendous … Read More

Why You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship

Gary FalconSchool Management

Insights from TeachThought about the importance of teaching digital citizenship. An increasingly important skill in the modern world.     by Paul Barnwell, Teacher of English & Digital Media   Students buzzed about the latest uproar on Instagram. Anonymous sources had posted a “questionable”–and NSFW–list for multiple public schools in our city on Instagram, leading to distraught girls, viral Twitter reactions, … Read More