Lackland ISD and Randolph Field ISD Partner with Panorama Education to Support Social-Emotional Learning for Military-Connected Students

 

Funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity, the districts use Panorama to measure and grow students’ social-emotional learning

 

(Boston, MA) April 5, 2017 — Panorama Education, a leading provider of student social-emotional learning (SEL) and stakeholder feedback surveys and analytics, today announced its partnership with two San Antonio-area school districts, Lackland Independent School District and Randolph Field Independent School District, to measure and cultivate social-emotional learning for military-connected students.

 

Randolph Field ISD and Lackland ISD offer programs to provide students opportunities for positive social-emotional growth and to build successful learning communities. Lackland ISD has partnered with the Military Child Education Coalition to provide a Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC) to support military-connected students during their transition to and from the district and to create post-secondary plans. Meanwhile, Randolph Field ISD has implemented several programs, including The Leader in Me, Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Second Step, and yoga for stress reduction.

 

The districts’ partnerships with Panorama Education will help both districts measure the effectiveness of their approaches to social-emotional learning. The districts are using Panorama’s social-emotional learning survey, which was developed in partnership with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is available free and open-source on Panorama’s website. The surveys ask students to reflect on their social-emotional learning skills and supports. School officials and teachers will use Panorama’s dashboards, heatmaps, analytics, and student-level reports to chart the growth of students’ social-emotional learning in areas such as Growth Mindset, Grit, Self-Management, Emotion Regulation, and Sense of Belonging.

 

“Our students are very special,” said Susan Bendele, the Assistant Superintendent of Randolph Field ISD. “They serve our nation by virtue of the sacrifices they endure daily as children of members of the armed forces. Resiliency is a must as far as these students are concerned, so helping them find strategies to help build that characteristic is key. Our students grow up with wonderful examples of leadership all around them. Our district’s social-emotional learning programs give students chances to practice and grow their positive character traits on a regular basis. We are relying heavily on our custom-built social-emotional learning survey with Panorama Education to tell if our SEL initiatives are working and how they can be improved.”

 

“Lackland ISD has partnered with Panorama to conduct surveys of our students so that we can determine where best to allocate resources, target professional development, and mitigate transitional challenges for our students,” said Jason “JJ” Johnson, the Project Director at Lackland ISD. “Our teachers consistently excel at supporting highly mobile students. Using social-emotional learning programs and data from Panorama across the district adds to the engaging and enriching educational experience our teachers create with our students.”

 

Lackland ISD and Randolph Field ISD were among 48 military-connected public school districts to receive a five-year grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in the 2016 fiscal year. These grants were awarded based on proposals for programs that provide academic and social-emotional learning support for military-connected students.

 

“The Panorama team is truly proud to support the students and educators of Randolph Field ISD and Lackland ISD,” said Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education. “Through multi-year partnerships with these districts, we hope to help their students develop social-emotional skills they need to excel in school and life. We look forward to sharing what these districts learn about supporting and growing the social-emotional learning of military-connected students with other districts across the country.”

 

About Panorama Education

Panorama Education partners with schools and districts to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. Panorama has supported more than 6 million students in 6,500 schools across 40 states, including those in the Dallas Independent School District, New York City Department of Education, Seattle Public Schools, and San Francisco Unified School District. To learn more, please visit PanoramaEd.com.

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Lexia Learning Releases White Paper on Using Educational Technology

to Foster a Growth Mindset In Students

 

BOSTON (April 4, 2017) – The practice of encouraging a growth mindset in students in order to foster their ability to problem solve and take on challenges has gained growing awareness among educators. In fact, a 2016 Education Week Research Center survey found that a staggering 85 percent of teachers wanted more professional development to learn how to incorporate growth mindset strategies into their classrooms. Despite that, there has been little focus on the role that educational technology tools can play in shaping students’ mindsets. To address this knowledge gap, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE: RST) company, has made available a new white paper, “Cultivating Growth Mindset with Educational Technology.”

 

Written by Elizabeth R. Kazakoff, Ph.D., senior researcher at Lexia, and Alison Mitchell, Ph.D., NCSP, the company’s director of assessment, the white paper explores what it means to have a growth mindset and how supporting this perspective in students can be enhanced in the context of educational technology.

 

“Decades of research have demonstrated that a student’s mindset is a critical factor that impacts how comfortable and motivated they are when posed with a new or difficult problem to solve,” said Dr. Kazakoff. “In fact, researcher Carol Dweck, who wrote the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, says it best, ‘Students who possess a growth mindset are more motivated to learn and take on more challenges compared to students with fixed mindsets.’”

 

According to mindset theory, while students with a growth mindset believe their abilities and intelligence can improve with work, students who possess a fixed mindset believe these qualities cannot change. And because they believe their abilities are fixed and incapable of change, students with a fixed mindset may not respond well to failure and often avoid situations where their weaknesses might be revealed. Classrooms that support a growth mindset help students identify their areas for improvement in a way that reframes them as learning opportunities.

 

“Developing a growth mindset requires a continuous process of learning where students are given ongoing opportunities to engage with challenges and support in using new strategies to approach them,” said Dr. Mitchell. “Many educational technology programs include features that allow students to monitor their own progress while receiving feedback and low-stakes opportunities for practicing different strategies to solve challenging problems. Because of that, they may be utilized as a part of broader efforts to foster growth mindset both inside and outside the classroom.”

 

The white paper lists and discusses educational technology features that can be used to support growth mindsets:

·       Choice over learning path and the opportunity to take learning risks

·       Continuous feedback on ongoing effort

·       Denotation of progress through competencies gained

·       Personalized material that challenges and engages students

·       Continuous opportunities for individualized practice with mechanisms for teacher support

·       Fostering supportive classrooms and school-to-home connections

 

A complimentary copy of “Cultivating Growth Mindset with Educational Technology” can be downloaded athttp://www.lexialearning.com/download-growth-mindset-wp.

 

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a division of Rosetta Stone, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

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Schoology Enhances User Experience With Increased Google Drive Integration
Enhancements allow for a seamless experience of Google Drive within Schoology

NEW YORK (April 5, 2017) – Google tools are changing the classroom, and teachers and students benefit when these resources mesh with existing technology. Schoology, the leader in learning management systems (LMS) for education, today announced major enhancements to its integration with Google Drive. The updates will allow students and educators to more easily use Google Drive while working inside of Schoology to manage grades, assignments and student submissions.

“Many of our educators love using Google Drive and Schoology, but require deeper integration to leverage the best of both platforms,” said Ryan Hwang, VP of Product for Schoology. “The best workflow for educators and students is where Google content is leveraged seamlessly within the Schoology user experience.”

For the full release, click here.

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Kyte Learning & Sunburst Digital

Deliver Easy, Affordable 24/7 Ed-Tech Training to Teachers Anytime, Anywhere

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL — April 5, 2017 – Freeing up professional development days outside the classroom is virtually impossible. Best practices suggest that introducing technology with self-paced courses and continuous access to the teacher training materials helps ensure new classroom Edtech solutions will deliver on intended student achievement gains.

 

Kyte Learning’s fresh approach to training ensures there are no more disengaged teachers and administrators left in the dark. Kyte offers a 24/7 mobile/online solution to make all of today’s most indispensable instructional technology applications like the full Google Suite, Periscope, coding applications, Kahoot and more easy to learn. Hundreds of titles are currently available.

 

Kyte Learning provides educators with the necessary “how-to” knowledge to boost instructional confidence and improve teaching capacity. Kyte Learning’s courses:

 

  • Improve use and fidelity of technology that schools already have for all teachers
  • Provide teachers course completion certificates and badges for mastery
  • Allow administrators to assign, track, and evaluate training data for all learners
  • Provide an ISTE© seal of alignment for each Kyte Learning course offered
  • Introduce difficult technology subjects through easy-to-digest bite-sized videos

 

“Kyte Learning’s flexible design allows teachers to own their professional development process. Teachers move from being passive participants to self-directing success with uniquely engaging self-paced tutorials designed to make learning stick. Teachers and administration can feel assured that their available PD money is well spent, implementation is successful, and student outcomes are improved,” says Nicole Messier, Education Director at Sunburst Digital.

 

Kyte Learning is now available from Sunburst at http://kyte.sunburst.com

 

About Kyte: Kyte Learning brings a fresh perspective to traditional professional development through succinct, relevant online video instruction. Kyte Learning’s ever-growing library of teacher-created education technology topics gives instructors the tools they need to understand and apply a myriad of technology based skills in the classroom, and provides administrators with robust analytics.

 

About Sunburst: Sunburst has connected educators with technology and digital content solutions for three decades. We sell, support, and provide curriculum services directly to schools. Our solutions are found in more than 95% of US school districts. We selectively work with educational development companies launching products by helping schools and partners take risk out of innovation. We believe implementing instructionally sound digital content solutions enhances teaching and raises outcomes.

 

 

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