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5 student upcycle ideas for this holiday season

Posted by Grace Noyola on Nov 16, 2017 9:03:04 AM

The holiday season is upon us, and with these DIY upcycle ideas, you can immerse your kids in the festivities using materials you might find around the house, in the recycling bin, or for little to no cost at a local convenience store.

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5 Tips for #GivingTuesday

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Nov 14, 2017 3:47:39 PM

It’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  With it, comes lots of turkey, Black Friday shopping, Cyber Monday deals, and #GivingTuesday. 

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.  Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy, with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

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Topics: Fundraising

Identify and Focus on Essential Learning Outcomes

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 14, 2017 11:34:40 AM

At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, preschool students in the Corinth-Alcorn-Prentiss Learning Collaborative were tested using the Star Early Literacy assessment as part of a state-wide assessment process.  Only 20.1% of these children scored at or above a standard score of 498, the level associated with readiness for Kindergarten entry.  By the end of the year, more than 85% of the students showed the literacy skills for K readiness. 

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Topics: Student Learning, Assessment, Accountability, learning outcomes

The making of a great Facebook page administrator

Posted by Grace Noyola on Nov 14, 2017 11:08:45 AM

In this digital age, your school’s Facebook page is an essential marketing tool--both to engage with your current families, and showcase your work for prospective families. The best way to maximize your page is to ensure you have a dedicated Facebook administrator, or team of administrators, who are uncovering the exciting happenings in your classrooms, and regularly sharing them with your online audience.

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Topics: Facebook

Why should my school attend the Fall Symposium?

Posted by Becky Carlton on Nov 14, 2017 10:47:06 AM

Did you know that the Innovators in Education Fall Symposium and PLCs are eligible for funding through Title IIA? Join charter leadership, teachers, and management company representatives from across the state to reinvigorate the professionalism in education through networking with peers from across the state, gaining inspiration at the general session, and engaging in three innovative breakout sessions on Wednesday.

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Topics: Branding, Teaching and Learning, Leadership, Organizational Management, professional development

Teacher evaluation: preparing the team for a successful school year

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 7, 2017 3:45:12 PM

Evaluating teachers is one of the most important jobs as a school leader, but often it can feel scary, overwhelming and time-consuming for everyone involved. A couple of years into doing observations and evaluations, I began to see this process differently: to ensure a successful school year, I had to make sure my team was ready.  How better to do that than evaluations? 

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation, Leadership, Assessment, Accountability

The 3rd Grade Reading Law has Been Put in Action. What Happens Next?

Posted by Guest Author on Oct 17, 2017 3:49:49 PM

The 3rd Grade Reading Law is a hot topic in our state right now and will continue to remain in forefront of educators’ work as we near 2020, when third-grade students need to be proficient in reading on the state test in order to advance.  

While that may seem like a long time away, it is imperative that all parents, teachers, school leaders, board members, and school management companies are well informed and know exactly what to do – TODAY!

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Topics: Charter School, 3rd grade reading

What Is Your School Doing for #GivingTuesday?

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Oct 9, 2017 5:26:56 PM

It happens every year… Thanksgiving Day, my husband and I spend the day with family giving thanks.  Friday, some of our family shop and some of our family watch football.  Monday, I do most of our holiday shopping online (free shipping is nothing to ignore!).  And, Tuesday we are back to the normal – right?  Wrong! 

In 2012, the 92nd Street Y in New York City held the first National Day of Giving to help focus attention on giving to charities in the wake of the heavily commercialized Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Since then, #GivingTuesday is becoming a tradition many families and organizations are adopting.

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Topics: Fundraising

3 Biggest Misconceptions about School Facebook Pages

Posted by Becky Carlton on Sep 19, 2017 9:47:47 AM

If your school does not have a Facebook page yet, you are behind the times. It is an absolute must that each school manage a Facebook page for marketing, branding, fundraising and engagement on all levels. Some schools have been dragging their feet on getting a Facebook page operational thinking it is a fad that will fade away and be taken over by some other form of social media. Although that might be true in the next 5-10 years, the moral of the story is that there is no excuse not to have a Facebook presence for your school NOW.

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Topics: Fundraising, Facebook, Branding, Marketing

Connect Your Service to School Success

Posted by Becky Carlton on Sep 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Selling your goods and services to schools can be a difficult task in itself. Trying to hunt down the school principal or the right individual who can make a purchasing decision is only the beginning of the process. However, changing the buying habits of a school who has history with a previous vendor, consistency in the way they do business, and a method to their madness is a hard hurdle to overcome. So, how can a provider convert a lead to a sale when the consumer is a school?

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Topics: Marketplace, School Vendors

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