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  • Why a Student e-file is a Blueprint for Success

    The number of factors contributing to a student's holistic success is innumerable. In the whirlwind of our modern society, it can be very difficult for stakeholders to keep track of what is taking place in a student's success plan. What is an e-file? EdHub’s student e-file delivers pertinent information to teachers, parents, and other relevant stakeholders. It gives a concise, up-to-date snapshot of a student's progress. Parents and educators can view learning plans, benchmark data, performance information, behavior incidents, and more relevant information throughout a student's k-12 career. Utilizing an e-file is a convenient way to track student data year-over-year. Why should my school use EdHub? Access Our student e-file logs all student information in one convenient place accessible to parents and educators. Gathering data into this view offers everyone involved in the student's education accurate and up-to-date information. Having this data brings transparency while removing barriers to student success. E-files unveil the most impactful route for achieving individual success. Progress Monitoring Once everyone has access to the e-file for students, not only does it allow stakeholders to create the most impactful learning map, it also allows everyone to monitor a student’s progress along the way. Having real-time information allows immediate tweaks and changes to be made to a student’s plan without having to wait for the next parent-teacher conference. Having real-time data allows interventions to happen earlier rather than later. If it’s noticed that a student is struggling in one area, then student interventions for tutoring or other services can be made immediately. Real-time progress monitoring allows educators to strategically increase student success without depleting resources. Forward Planning Our student e-file not only helps aggregate a student’s progress while in high school but can also be used to assess college readiness and prepare for degree planning. If a student knows early on in their high school career what they are interested in studying, this can be utilized to help shape their sophomore and junior years of high school. Using the historical information, educators can work with their students to identify and create post-secondary education plans to map the route it will take to get there. Both parents and educators can access this plan through the e-file to ensure the student is staying on track. Assessment & Reporting EdHub’s data integration system allows schools to track their key performance indicators while aggregating data from multiple sources. This can be especially helpful when it comes to state reporting and monitoring district benchmarks. There are several important factors to consider when determining the best data integration tools for your institution. Choosing one that offers a seamless student e-file like EdHub, ensures that your educators are not just integrating information but taking action on the data. With actionable steps documented in a student’s e-file, student success outcomes can do nothing but increase! To find out more information about EdHub click the link here.

  • System Alignment: Why it’s important and how to achieve it 

    Laura Slover, CEO, CenterPoint Education Solutions Sean Slade, Head of Education, BTS Spark North America Alignment is frequently referred to as a key element of success in multiple contexts. In the workplace, alignment is important for things like mission and purpose. People who are aligned with one another tend to accomplish more as they are working in sync to achieve common goals. In the sport of rowing, which Laura participated in, alignment is about timing and effort: All rowers must put their oars in the water at the same instant to get the boat to reach maximum velocity. And of course, we all know the concept of tire alignment: tires that are out of alignment wear unevenly and prematurely, make driving more difficult as the car pulls off its course, and can in certain circumstances be dangerous. What does alignment mean in terms of education? Here we lay out the components of a system that is aligned to achieve its maximum potential of success, which we define as strong outcomes for students and efficacy of teachers.  At a time when the field is in the midst of major shifts, it is more important than ever for schools and districts to have a cohesive, internally aligned system. Visioning and Values: Successful alignment relies first and foremost on a common vision and set of values as a starting point. This may be obvious, but too often change is embarked upon without taking the step of determining – and conveying the rationale behind an approach or a change. And a lack of shared vision can undermine the success of a change effort. Leaders must be clear in establishing a compelling vision and direction - and then in turn must engage and build ownership among other stakeholders. Everyone must own the vision to work in tandem (i.e., row in the same direction) and accomplish their goals. Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. They help a team determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their goals by creating a guidepost. In this way, the vision rests on a foundation of values. Both visioning and establishing values are examples of mindset shifts that are necessary for true change to occur. Too often plans are made without deep reflection on the purpose or overarching desired outcome. Does the vision fit with the actions taken? Do the actions align to the values? Do all stakeholders and staff understand what is being advocated for and why?  Leading change can be sidetracked or diluted if there is not alignment to the purpose - and if this purpose is not owned by those implementing the change. It is the role of system leadership to make sure that such mindset shifts have taken place or are underway. True change comes when everyone is on board and heading in the same direction. With clear goals and targets in place, actions can then be modified to suit changing circumstances. From this frame of a common vision aligned to shared values, the processes of aligning curriculum, assessments, professional learning, and high-quality instructional materials and practices, can begin. Curriculum: Selecting a high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum is more important than ever. Organizations such as EdReports externally validate curricula based on objective criteria to aid schools and districts in their selections. Curriculum covers the letter and the spirit of the standards, giving all students the chance to learn meaningful content that prepares them for the next grade and ultimately for success in college and careers. An unaligned curriculum doesn’t fully cover the standards. For example, it may cover only some of the standards or it may cover them all but at a lower level of rigor that the standards require. While curricula may vary in terms of sequencing or pedagogical approach, they should not veer from the standards they cover. Educational leaders should select curriculum that is aligned with their values and vision. If they value equity and excellence, they should ensure a curriculum that is culturally responsive and aligned with quality criteria. Assessments: Assessments aligned to curriculum measure the concepts contained in the curriculum, which are aligned to the standards, and which were taught in the classroom. Effective assessments can be formative, diagnostic, and/or interim so long as they are administered to match the scope and sequence of the curriculum. When used in-step with instruction they measure what students are learning now, not what they’ll learn next or what they learned several months ago. The resulting data tells the true story of student learning to strategically inform future classroom instruction. Teachers can use the data to quickly pinpoint areas of growth and identify instruction and resources to fill any gaps. Assessments that are not aligned may test only some concepts and leave others out, they may test out of sequence, or they may test things that aren’t in the curriculum at all. Results from these assessments can misrepresent student learning, and cause confusion for teachers and parents. And just like a car with misaligned tires is harder to keep on course, a mismatch between assessment and curriculum is likely to cause extra data interpretation work for teachers for a clear roadmap to get students where they need to go. A cohesive, aligned system empowers educators and accelerates student achievement. Data and Assessment Literacy: Professional learning focused on data and assessment literacy boosts teacher capacity to understand the right type of assessment and how to analyze the data to inform instruction. Overall, this helps educators lean into and improve their practice. By delving into the features of alignment and using data to drive instruction, teachers strengthen how they engage students in deep learning. This process is particularly effective when teachers work together, and professional learning is connected to both the implementation of the curriculum and results from assessments. Targeted training for district and school leaders and educators is a vital component of every aligned system. When teachers work with peers, they learn from one another and build a shared understanding of the vision and goals for students. Professional learning that isn’t aligned to curriculum and assessments may result in a lack of understanding, improper use of assessments, or inconsistent use of data. Putting it all together: An aligned system isn’t just nice to have — it’s a necessity for an effective and equitable system that helps keep all educators and leaders moving in sync towards their collective goals. This is true in the best of times, and it’s more important than ever in our current reality.  With a clear vision based on shared values, a quality curriculum and aligned assessments, and strong professional learning in place to support the understanding of data, teachers and leaders will have the direction, the information, and the support they need to optimize the effectiveness of the school or school system and advance student learning and growth. *****

  • The Next Big Education Acronym? SEL!

    Over the last year, Social Emotional Learning started to debut itself as an important topic to conquer with students. COVID broadened that definition to include teachers. One thing is for sure, and that is that social emotional learning is here to stay no matter what school situation we find our students and or teachers enduring. The main question that has been buzzing around the last few weeks has been; how do we help our teachers and students gain valuable techniques to incorporate social emotional learning to cope both inside and outside of the school building? According to CASEL, a national leader in SEL research and action, the most effective social and emotional learning (SEL) requires a strategic, systemic approach that involves everyone, from district and school leaders to community partners and family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need. Successful SEL is not a standalone program or an add-on. It is central to how schools, communities, and families value and support the social, emotional, and academic development of their children. Although COVID has brought Equity and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to the forefront, prior to the pandemic, SEL was actually already present in all 50 states! So how are school districts going to adopt and implement social emotional learning components across schools and grade levels in the new educational world we face? Districts and Administrators especially feel that implementing key measurable components of SEL is essential. Because we are a company of educators, we started thinking about how we could assist schools with this new need; incorporating social emotional learning components into the daily activities of teachers. We found that the research suggests incorporating SEL into schools and or classrooms can have positive short and long term effects on students. These range from improved academic achievement and classroom behaviors to reduced psychological or behavioral issues in the future with overall improved lifespan outcomes as adults. To jump start the integration of SEL teaching and learning behaviors inside classrooms, Silverback felt integrating a SEL framework into Teacher Vitae was vital. Partnering with SEL expert Dr. Kristina Brinkerhoff of Brinkerhoff Consulting; National Equity Expert Dr. Donna Elam from The Elam Leadership Institute and Educational and Policy expert Dr Judy Warden- Fields; Silverback will very soon launch a brand new teacher evaluation framework called SEADES- The Social Emotional and Academic Development Evaluation System-our new revolutionary teacher evaluation framework that proudly incorporates social emotional learning components. This simplified and effective evaluation framework will help teachers build capacity; while providing guidance for teachers to actively incorporate SEL and Equity into their classrooms. If you are interested in helping us pilot this new framework via your Teacher Vitae subscription, please let us know!!!!!! Contact us here today!

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    Unpack the Gap Data with EdPower Supported Systems Contact Us UNPACK THE GAP: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES The Elam Leadership Institute provides personalized support, to strengthen the academic skills of their students, better engage them in learning, and increase student achievement. More Information PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Analysis of the data informs professional development to support what teachers need to know to impact student outcomes. The combination of training and consultative coaching is a powerful motivator for building educator confidence in tandem with student achievement. As teachers study their practices and their data, they gain the tools and information they need to chart the instructional path to high levels of achievement for all groups of students. WHAT IMPLEMENTING RESEARCH-BASED PRACTICES IN EQUITY LOOKS LIKE: Elam Leadership Institute's 5 Dimensions Professional Development needs and schedules are determined through a series of scheduled events Sample Schedule of Events: Each schedule is tailored to district needs; however, a typical schedule of events includes: Data Collection Data Team Meeting Reviews Formation of Logic Model School Walk-Throughs Quarterly Professional Development Trainings Data Literacy Consultations Bi-Monthly Check-ins Custom Forms Creation and Review PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERED: INTRODUCING THE EQUITY OF EFFORT FRAMEWORK A new mindset LEADING IN EQUITY Developing a leadership philosophy for equitable outcomes EQUITY PRIORITIES A "must" for buy-in with students, families and teachers GROUNDING EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP With equity indicators THE POWER OF DATA Creating equitable outcomes and opportunities EQUITY AND ASSESSING PROFICIENCY In early childhood LEADING WITH EQUITY For multilingual learners EQUITY AND STUDENT BEHAVIOR Behavior, SEL, Culture Classroom practices in equity OVERVIEW OF THE 5 DIMENSIONS GAPS, TRENDS AND PATTERNS Impacting student achievement ENSURING AN EQUITABLE ENVIRONMENT Knowledge and skills for systemic equitable practices MONITORING IMPLEMENTATION Inclusive Curriculum CONNECTING FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS Creating equitable practices HOW RIGOR ENSURES EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS Observing and documenting rigor QUESTIONING FOR SUCCESS Techniques for all groups of students OBSERVING EQUITABLE PRACTICES How and What to observe HOW TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK Challenges and effective strategies Implications of readiness to learn BUILDING EQUITY IN THE EARLY GRADES SCALING FOR EQUITY Developing Equity Teams with all Stakeholders EXPANDING ACCESS TO DUAL LANGUAGE/BILINGUAL PROGRAMS For all students REALLOCATION OF RESOURCES Ensure equitable distribution MODELING AND SUPPORTING CONVERSATIONS Hard Truths ANALYZING POLICIES Ensure equity EQUITY AND DISCIPLINE Effective practices WHAT PLANNING FOR EQUITY LOOKS LIKE Logic Model BUILDING TRUST AND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY Challenges and effective strategies Inclusive in voice and action EQUITY AND STUDENT VOICE NOW WHAT? Using Data for Needs Sensing for the Upcoming Year A USING DATA A More Complete Picture Results in highly effective programs MEASURING OUTCOMES Elam Leadership Institute is working with schools and districts throughout the nation to help change the educational landscape so that we can understand the barriers and begin to effectively close the academic gap(s). We are driven by passion and believe that every student deserves the opportunity to be successful and to thrive! Take Action! 2022 EDPOWER. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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    Unpack the Gap Professional Development Supported Systems Contact Us DATA ANALYSIS WITH EDPOWER Unpacking the gap starts with the DATA! Dashboard Demo As education leaders, we understand that it's hard to keep up with the latest data trends and make data-driven decisions without the right tools. It is overwhelming and hard to know where to start, and even harder to know if you're making the right decisions based on your data...YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many schools find themselves in the position of needing tools that can help make sense of the data. EdPower can help. Let us show you how our revolutionary tool, EdInsights, can shorten your process, seamlessly organize raw data into actionable insights, and drive data discussions to guide instruction in real time with brilliant data visualization reporting. See for yourself! The strategic partnership between the Elam Leadership Institute and EdPower brings your data to life! We maximize teacher toolkits to help you simplify the process of data analysis and application. Our interactive data platform drives personalized research-based professional development. Hands-on professional team helps analyze your data reports. Get more information about our services More Information EdPower fuels the Elam Leadership Institute by providing data correlations to help districts understand how to move forward. EdPower has the unique ability to pull in data from any system currently being used in a district. EdPower helps identify and analyze multiple data points (achievement, behavior incidents, and tiered interventions) for educators to clearly make connections to effective practices as well as identify the root causes of your gaps. DID YOU KNOW? Disaggregating data is important! Aggregated data can mask inequities Dis-aggregation provides an accurate account of what's really going on Dis-aggregation can help inform why disparities are present in the data GIVE TIME BACK TO YOUR TEAM! TIME. We give your team back precious time. We collect your data, analyze the data for you. WHAT ARE CLIENTS ARE SAYING: I used to think... Now I know... Interpreting data is easy Data was overwhelming and foreign Looking at data was not complicated That data is so broad and it can be misread. I learned the importance of analyzing data and the creation of action plans When you ask the right questions as a collaborative team the answers are revealed It is very nuanced Ready to UNPACK your gap? With Elam Leadership Institute and EdPower together, we provide the tools and support you need to boost student and teacher success! Let's Chat 2022 EDPOWER. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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