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The Dashboard: A Blog by SchoolStatus

PLC’s - Fad or Fabulous?

Published on November 17, 2017

If you’re an educator, chances are you’ve heard the term PLC or Professional Learning Committee, perhaps even ad nauseam. People use this term for a wide variety of situations in the K12 school system—grade-level teaching teams, subject area teams, or even an entire school district.

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The Educator Pension Problem

Published on November 13, 2017

I’m going to tell you a story. As many of you know, I used to work in finance; the year was 2008 and it was a Monday in September much like any other day.

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My Teacher's Gift

Published on October 27, 2017

7th grade. What a strange time for a young boy. I had moved up from elementary and so now I was in middle school. I thought that, you know, it will be the same ole thing.

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The Best Tweets From Educators This Week

Published on October 18, 2017

"There is always another chance. Always" 

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Things Teachers Are Amazing at That Have Nothing to Do with Teaching

Published on October 13, 2017

Spend a few years in the classroom, and you'll inevitably get better at addressing a group . You'll start to grade papers faster and faster. Your lesson plans will begin to sparkle with wit and charm.

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Data, Data Everywhere At Times Too Much To Drink

Published on October 09, 2017

I was visiting with a superintendent recently and showing him SchoolStatus and all that it could do for him and his district. I had just gotten into my pitch and he exclaimed, “Great! I have data running out my ears. The problem is putting it together and figuring out what to do with it! This is just what I need.” I was thinking, ‘Home run!’

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Half of Teachers Miss 10+ Days of School Annually

Published on September 29, 2017

Student absenteeism is obviously a factor in how well a child does in school. Turns out, teacher absenteeism is also a leading factor in student outcomes. Published studies reveal interesting findings about teachers who miss school. Some trends in teacher absenteeism are surprising, and not all are easily explained.

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5 Excel Functions Every Educator Needs to Know

Published on September 18, 2017

As many of our customers know, my favorite part of SchoolStatus is our reporting engine. I’m a big fan of manipulating and smashing data together to see cool correlations and timely trends.

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Teaching Math Upside Down

Published on September 12, 2017

I've always been pretty good at math, but when I got to Partial Differential Equations in college I struggled a lot.

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School Absence and Real Life

Published on September 05, 2017

One of the worst days I ever had teaching was when I thought I could teach while suffering from the flu.

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