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USAC’s Schools and Libraries News Brief for this week

Commitments for Funding Year 2016

Funding Year 2016. USAC is scheduled to release Funding Year (FY) 2016 Wave 36 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on March 2. This wave includes commitments for approved applications for all service types and at all discount levels. As of February 24, FY2016 commitments total over $2.23 billion.

On the date the FCDLs are issued, you can access your FCDL notification from the Notifications section of your landing page in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

FY2017 Filing Window Opens Monday, February 27, 2017

The FY2017 application filing window will open on Monday, February 27 at noon EST and close on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. 

April 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT is the last opportunity for applicants to post an FCC Form 470, wait 28 days, and still be able to choose a service provider and certify an FCC Form 471 on the last day of the window.

Sunday Deadline to Complete Applicant Profile Updates

After the deadline, you will still have an opportunity to submit updates while you are filing your FCC Form 471. Your submitted updates will not be reflected on your FCC Form 471 original view, but if approved, will be reflected on your FCC Form 471 current view

Submitting entity profile updates during the filing of your FCC Form 471

  • Start your FCC Form 471 and complete the Basic Information and Entity Information sections of the form.
  • When you reach the Funding Requests section, click the green Add FRN button. Create the FRN. Note that you must create a nickname, provide the service type, include information about a tariffed or month-to-month service or associate a contract record with your FRN, and identify the service provider.
  • When you reach the Narrative section, include a description of the entity profile changes you would like to make along with any other information pertinent to the FRN.
  • Create any remaining FRNs, review your information, and certify the form.

During the review of your application, Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) will be able to help you process your entity update(s).

FCC Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letters for FY2016 Start Next Week

USAC will start sending FCC Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letters for FY2016 next week. USAC will send an email to the contact person on the FCC Form 471 informing them that the letter is available in the organization’s News tab in EPC.

As a reminder, if you have received a positive funding commitment from USAC, the next step is to file an FCC Form 486, Receipt of Service Confirmation and Children's Internet Protection Act Certification Form, no later than 120 days after services have started. If this date is missed, USAC will adjust the service start reported on the FCC Form 486 to the date 120 days before the certification date of the FCC Form 486 and will not pay invoices for services delivered before the adjusted date.

To avoid missing your 120-day deadline, look for the FCC Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letter. The letter is sent based on the service start date the applicants reported on their FCC Form 471. Applicants then have 15 days from the date of this letter to certify an FCC Form 486.

The letter will appear in the organization's News tab in EPC, and also in the Notifications section of the organization's landing page.

To view the letter, follow these steps:

  • Log in to EPC.
  • From the Notifications section of your organization's landing page, choose Notification Type FCC Form 486 120 Day Notification and Funding Year 2016. 
  • In the right-hand column of each notification, choose Generate Notification. The status will then change to View Notification.
  • Click View Notification to view your letter.

Applicants who receive this letter should certify their FCC Form 486 online no later than 15 days after the date of the notification so that USAC is not required to adjust their service start date.

Invoicing Deadline for FY2015 Recurring Services is February 27, 2017

Applicants and service providers who received an approval for an invoice deadline extension for FY2015 recurring services must submit their invoices on or before Monday, February 27 at 11:59 PM EST. USAC cannot process a second invoice deadline extension request for these invoices.

USAC is issuing Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) by email as well as by mail for last-minute requests. Earlier this week, USAC emailed all PINs created on or after >February 3, and is continuing to email PINs created in advance of the deadline.

If you receive a warning message when you are working on an invoice but are able to continue (for example, if an applicant receives a warning message that the service provider has not certified an FCC Form 473), complete and submit your invoice by the deadline so that it is timely filed. USAC denials or reductions on timely filed invoices can be appealed to USAC.

  • The deadline for appealing USAC decisions on BEAR Forms is 60 days after the date of the BEAR Notification Letter.
  • The deadline for appealing USAC decisions on SPI Forms is 60 days after USAC issues the Remittance Statement.

If you want to appeal an invoice decision, we encourage you to appeal to USAC as soon as possible so that we can start your review promptly.

Notice on FCC Form 470 Download Tool

The View an FCC Form 470 tool on the USAC website can only be used to search for FCC Forms 470 certified during the past 30 days. To review an FCC Form 470 and its associated RFP documents that is older than 30 days, you must set both the Start Posting Date and End Posting Date to encompass a period in the past of 30 days or less.

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CALPADS Fall 2 Deadline Update from CSIS

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators and Local Educational Agency (LEA) representatives:

 

This is a reminder that the certification deadline Fall 2 data submission is March 3, 2017.

The Fall 2 amendment window closes on March 31, 2017.

 

The CDE recognizes that CALPADS system constraints and flooding evacuations have impacted many LEAs. For LEAs that do not certify by the March 3 deadline, there will be no letter sent to superintendents and charter school administrators advising of a missed deadline. Additionally, missing the March 3 deadline will not affect the Data Recognition Awards for LEAs that do not certify by March 3. In other words, the CDE shall forego the requirement to certify by March 3 in order to be eligible for the Data Recognition Awards.

Source:  Email sent on Feb 24th, 2017 via <>

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State Board tells LBUSD to go fish . . .

Edjoin.org is reporting today that Long Beach Unified's idea to abandon the 11th grade SBAC tests (four separate online tests administered at roughly the same time as AP and SAT tests for 11th graders), and instead use just the SAT as the 11th grade measure for performance has been denied by the State Board of Education.  Bummer.

The April/May time-frame of our high school juniors is SO impacted as to make it almost child abuse.  Students must take the SAT test, multiple AP tests, and then several days of SBAC testing.  And they are also keeping up grades in all of their classes as well.  Seems a shame we couldn't push the SBAC testing in grade 11 back to grades 10 or 9, where there currently is no state data being collected.  By the time we get any actionable data from the 11th grade SBAC tests, the students are already in their senior year!   Spreading out the assessment to minimize the stress created by trying to cram so much testing into such a small window and to create access to data earlier in each student's high school career seems a pretty good idea to me. . . .

I am reminded of the great scene from my "Cousin Vinny":

Full story here at edjoin.org:  https://edsource.org/2017/california-education-officials-reject-long-beachs-request-to-replace-statewide-assessment-with-sat/577701

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Manage Professional Development

Manage Professional Development

Common Core Standards have placed more demands and accountability on teachers and administrators. Professional Development is a key component to delivering this accountability.This guide will help you Manage Professional Development – organize and facilitate registration and professional development tracking.
 It is filled with insights and observations from our experiences to help you manage your professional development learning cycles and provides powerful federal, state and local reports.

Who is this solution for?

This solution is ideal for two types of organizations: professional development organizations that offer courses to K-12 schools, as well as school districts that want to scale their professional development program beyond their district and even monetize those offerings.

Bookend Model

To visualize how GoSignMeUp facilitates professional development, imagine a bookshelf; the books are the online and in-seat courses, and the bookends that hold everything together are GoSignMeUp!  On the front end, GoSignMeUp simplifies enrollment to an external audience by making it easy for users to search for courses, sign-up for them, pay, and get enrolled.

 

On the back end, GoSignMeUp manages the administration of the program like tracking course education units, transcript reporting, and sending out surveys and completion certificates! Plus, our powerful analytics are perfect for federal, state, and local reporting as well, to fine-tune and modify classes and course pathways.

Download this FREE book and learn the 3 critical areas that are vital
for a successful professional development learning plan:

1. Easy-to-use registration process that provides an efficient way for educators to sign up quickly for professional development that best meet their needs.

2. Automated administrative features such as course confirmations and reminders that will save you time and money.

3. Extensive analytics to help produce good learning cycles as well as federal and state reporting.

 

For more about how to Manage Professional Development with GoSignMeUp, visit our web site or Reqest a Demo!

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Illuminate Ed Conference - San Diego Feb 21/22

I'll be blogging about the Illuminate Conference today and tomorrow.  Excited to see how large this group has grown over the last few years!

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Updates on E-Rate Deadlines

E-rate Filing Window Opens February 27, 2017

The E-rate application window for the 2017–18 funding year will open on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon EST and close on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

The last possible date to submit an FCC Form 470 to start the E-rate bidding process is April 13, 2017.

DEADLINE: Entity Profile Updates in the E-rate Productivity Center

The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) addressed the unique steps required this year for applying for E-rate in their February 3, 2017 Special Edition News Brief.  This News Brief can be found on the SLD’s Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=746. 

There has been a significant change in the E-rate process that has resulted in a new deadline. This new deadline is associated with each Local Education Agency (LEA) updating their school profiles in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). The deadline for making these changes is 11:59 p.m. (EST) February 26, 2017. The USAC will “lock” the profiles after the deadline.

It is important that the data contained in each entity’s profile match the official data for California schools. This match is intended as an aid in the Program Integrity Review (PIA) process.

To accomplish this, LEAs are encouraged to update the following in each site’s profile:

1.     Update the Entity name and address to match the California School Directory. http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/sd/index.asp

2.     Update the “Number of Fulltime Students” and the “Total Number of Students Eligible for National School Lunch Program (NSLP)” fields to match the CALPADS data from the 2016 collection period. This information should be available from your CALPADS Coordinator.

3.     Enter the full 14-digit County-District-School (CDS) number in the “State School Code” field, with no spaces or dashes. The CDS number can be found on the California School Directory at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/sd/index.asp.

a.     Some sites that do not have a CDS number may qualify as an Annex. If so, LEAs should create a “Customer Service Case” within the EPC to request the existing Billed Entity Number (BEN) for those sites be listed as “Inactive”, and then added as an Annex to the primary site that does have a CDS number. A detailed discussion of what constitutes an Annex can be found in the March 4, 2016 News Brief on USAC’s Web page at http://usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=670 and the March 11, 2016 News Brief on USAC’s Web Page at http://usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=671

4.     Verify the contact person’s information on the district’s profile. Since this person will receive communications from USAC, it is important that this be someone who has regular e-mail access and access to the LEA’s EPC account.

Large LEAs may use the bulk upload feature of the EPC to upload a single spreadsheet containing the needed updates or corrections. To use this feature:

1.     Log in to the LEA’s EPC account.

2.     Select the parent entity on the landing page. This will take you to a view of the parent entity’s profile.

3.     From the menu on the left of the screen, select Related Actions.

4.     Scroll down and select Upload Entity Profile Data.

a.     From the next screen, you can upload or download the template.

Schools and Libraries Program Weekly News Briefs on E-rate

The SLD provides timely instruction and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLD Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx.

If you have any questions, please contact the California Department of Education (CDE) Educational Data Management Division by e-mail at .

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Student Tutoring via Cell Phone? YUP!

Yup is a new tutoring company out of Stanford University that connects students to professional tutors in 30 seconds, over their smartphones/tablets. Students simply snap a photo of their Math or Science problem and instantly connect to one of our trained tutors, 24/7, in a secure chat portal.

Yup tutors receive biweekly training on how to keep students engaged, promote a growth mindset, and ensure students are mastering concepts. All of our sessions are monitored and reviewed according to a pedagogy we co-developed with Stanford Professors. This allows us to hold tutors accountable to students' learning outcomes and share a lot of great data with schools on students' learning trajectories.

We currently work with over half-a-million students and a number of schools across the country. We are backed by Stanford University, Sesame Street, and the same venture capital firms as Facebook and Uber. We offer select schools a free pilot of unlimited Yup tutoring and appreciate any and all feedback!

 

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USAC’s Schools and Libraries News Brief Feb 10, 2017

Commitments for Funding Year 2016

Funding Year 2016. USAC is scheduled to release Funding Year (FY) 2016 Wave 34 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on February 15. This wave includes commitments for approved applications for all service types and at all discount levels. As of February 10, FY2016 commitments total over $2.15 billion.

On the date the FCDLs are issued, you can access your FCDL notification from the Notifications section of your landing page in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

FY2017 Application Window Filing Tips and Reminders

The FCC Form 471 application filing window for FY2017 will open later this month. Take note of the important dates and reminders below as you plan to apply for discounts on eligible services for FY2017.

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Naiku and Infinite Campus Announce Partnership

Naiku and Infinite Campus announced today a partnership for integrating Naiku assessment software with the Infinite Campus SIS. The companies have achieved interoperability using the IMS LTI standard, demonstrating tasks such as single-signon from Infinite Campus to Naiku and transfer of assessment scores from Naiku to the Infinite Campus gradebook. See this Press Release for additional details.

The integration leverages the IMS® LTI interoperability standard to seamlessly work together, aiding workflow and ease-of-use for teachers and students. Teachers can accomplish tasks in Naiku, such as creating, importing, selecting, and/or assigning tests, directly from their Infinite Campus account. Similarly, students can take tests in Naiku directly from Infinite Campus; no separate login is required into their secure account. Data, such as assessment scores, transfers automatically to Infinite Campus as well.

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KnowledgeNet now offering Code Institute courses!

This is cool!  The good folks over at KnowledgeNet (online courses for IT, operations, leadership) are now offering additional courses in PHP, HTML5, CSS, Javascript, Python, etc. through a partnership with The Code Institute.  

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Assessing the Assessment System!

In my role as Director of Data & Assessment for Westchester Secondary Charter school I had the pleasure of supporting a research evaluation of the CAASPP/SBAC efforts underway in California.  The Independent Evaluation Report was  posted to CDE’s website today.  You can find it at:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caaspprptstudies.asp

As an advocate for effective software systems and a participant in the study, I added my voice to the notion that the CDE should be looking much closer at existing 3rd party assessment systems.  More than half of California's school districts have a 3rd party assessment system in place already, in ADDITION to the formative/summative resources available through CAASPP.  The report explains in very understandable language the need to understand these 3rd party systems and the need to provide more integration resources to get data moving back and forth between systems.  

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I also provided the investigative team with a list of known California assessment system providers.  They incorporated that information into a survey (pictured above) which was distributed to school-site CAASPP coordinators (orange) and District CAASPP coordinators (blue).  Though not a representative sample for state-wide assessment system adoption, it was interesting to see the results.   Is the somewhat large discrepancies between what the schools are doing and what the districts are doing have any significance?

 

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Table source:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caaspprptstudies.asp (Pages 45/46).

A Note from Sunny Becker, one of the authors: 

This report includes results of our two 2016 studies: the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Administration Study and the Access to Designated Supports and Accommodations Study.  Many thanks to the representatives of Corona-Norco Unified, Fresno County Office of Education, Greenfield Union, Learning for Life Charter, Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unified, Poway Unified, Salinas Union High, San Diego Unified, Tulare City, Victor Valley Union High, and Westchester Secondary Charter, who participated in one or both of these studies! 

Hooray Westchester Charter for helping to advance the assessment system conversation.  Woot-woot! 

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Updated Procedures - Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

 Announcement today from CDE Assessment Development and Administration Division:

 

Dear High School and Unified School District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

PROCEDURES FOR AWARDING THE GOLDEN STATE SEAL MERIT DIPLOMA

The requirement to award the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma (GSSMD) remains in state law. Each local educational agency (LEA) that confers high school diplomas is required per California Education Code sections 51450–55 to maintain appropriate records in order to annually identify students who have earned a GSSMD and to affix the GSSMD insignia to the diploma and transcript of each qualifying student. 

The GSSMD, established in 1997, provides recognition to public school graduates who have demonstrated mastery of the high school curriculum in designated areas. The GSSMD is awarded jointly by the State Board of Education (SBE) and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The GSSMD eligibility requirements currently include a combination of course grades, results from assessments produced by private providers or LEAs, and/or qualifying Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment scores for use by LEAs to award the GSSMD to graduating students.

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Einstein on Assessment . . .

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CAPIT Reading - Terrific new iPad Early Literacy App

CAPIT Reading was designed by two teachers (an actual wife/husband team) with the original goal of teaching Hebrew to youngsters.  It has been updated to focus on the English alphabet, with a focus on the early language skills of phonetic sounds, blends, words, and sentences.  This is actually a remarkable iPad program.  Why do I say so?  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the two developers and examine the product myself.  I found a remarkably well-designed application that should find a welcome home in any U.S. K-2 classroom.  

One of the features of the software is the fact that there are no verbal or written instructions anywhere in the program.  How will kids know what to do, you might ask?  They'll know.  Or they will figure it out very quickly.  Want to start the first lesson?  Drag the letter "A" on top of the Apple.  There is no "start" or "go" button.  So from the first moment students are actively learning on the program.


Bells and whistles?  Nope.  Cute pictures with sensible pneumonic associatiions?  Yes  As an example, most alphabet teaching materials I've seen associate a snake to the letter S.  But this can be confusing to some students, as snakes can be straight, coiled, etc.  So what's an object that has the "S" sound and is always in the "S" shape?  Why the Saxaphone, of course!  Little touches like this mean that EVERY single element of this program was evaluated, criticial analyzed, and modified until the best possible interactions were constructed.

As students move throughout the program they are not rewarded with points, or badges, or triumphant music.  Also, they are not timed or penalized for thinking a problem through.  This isn't a video game aka Reader Rabbit or other similar products from an era when coders made these programs with little instructor input.  This is a CORE instructional product designed AND REFINED by teachers.  A simple Letter chart (think of those card carts that teachers use in their classrooms) indicates a student's progress.  Here's another aspect of why this product shines - the progress chart actually shows students where the common language sounds are clustered.  As they move through the levels, they begin to see the English phonemic patterns of commonly used words emerge 'organically' from their work.  This is also an easy and fast way for teachers to check their work.

There is a teacher/admin interface as well, that you can use to set up your class.  Teachers simply enter their student names and associate each with a pre-built icon.  No login codes are necessary, but iPads can still be shared among students.  

It is hard to imagine that students with access to this program, over the course of a year, and spending 15-20 minutes a day on it, would not see demonstrative results in their reading ability.  I would love to see the developers hand this over to some researchers at UCLA's CREST, for example, to do a true comparison of classrooms that used this for a year vs. ones that did not.  Considering the amount of thought that went into this product I initially assumed that it had been developed by cognitive psychologists or experts in learning theory or game design.  Again, this is where CAPIT reading continues to surprise me.  This one is a winner.

 

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Happy Birthday STL!

     
         
   

Wow!  We just celebrated our first birthday!  
And what a year it's been!

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Some quick stats:

  • 200 new members!
  • 30K page views
  • 400 completed surveys
  • 200 systems catalogued
  • 250 vendor profiles completed 
  • 80 downloadable resources posted
  • More than 200 blog posts!
Our goal of creating a free, California-centric "space" for educational professionals to discuss topics such as systems integration, compliance issues, technology, etc., is starting to bloom.  
 

"A Brilliant Mash-Up Of All Our Work Related Headaches"

The genesis of the site was really two-fold; first  I needed a place to post and organize all of the resources I was collecting in my support of California schools. Because I usually support smaller schools and districts, I'm used to being a "Lone Ranger" and responsible for helping out with a little bit of everything - enterprise systems, assessment, compliance, training, fixing ipads, etc.  This can be overwhelming at times, as larger districts have individual staff to deal with stuff like that.  So SchoolTechnologyLeadership.com is, simply,  a place to keep stuff organized and make work a little bit less of a  headache.
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But the SECOND, and most important, reason for the site was a desire to connect with what I think is currently an underserved population of educational leaders, worker-bees, and entrepreneurs.   Because the nature of our work is so specialized, many of us work on projects without much support.  Why not build something of value for CALPADS coordinators, Compliance Officers, Data Analysts, Test Administrators, Newbies, Technologists, you know, the 'smart' kids.  Let's bring in vendors, not just to hear the sales pitch, but to really dig into each product and understand how best to utilize them at our schools.
 

There's a lot hiding on the site.  Did you know about . . . 

Here's what's cooking for Year 2!

  • Goal #1 - Jump start the discussions in our Community Forums
     
  • Goal #2 - Post more product reviews / feedback / resources
     
  • Goal #3 - Grow to 400 members by the end of 2017!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed this year to the success of the site!  


Sincerely,

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Chris Moggia, Ed.D.
Founder/Developer
SchoolTechnologyLeadership.com


   
         
 

 

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Millbrae USD adopts Edupoint's Registration & Assessment Products

Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Millbrae School District (MSD) to implement the company’s Synergy Online Registration and Synergy Assessment solutions.

MILLBRAE, Calif. — Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Millbrae School District (MSD) to implement the company’s Synergy Online Registration and Synergy Assessment solutions, and the Inspect(R) Item Bank from Key Data Systems that works seamlessly with Synergy Assessment. MSD is located in San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

These modules will augment the district’s current implementation of Synergy Education Platform, which includes Synergy Student Information System, Master Schedule Builder, the ParentVUE(R) and StudentVUE(R) web portals and mobile apps, and the TeacherVUE(R) Portal with gradebook. All Synergy modules are fully integrated across the platform and provide real-time information to stakeholders.

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5 Elements in a Successful Professional Development Plan

 

5 Elements in a Successful Professional Development Plan

by Michael Morrison, GoSignMeUp

1. Needs Assessment. There are several ways that you can gather an organization’s needs.

  • Survey the stakeholders
  • Make a list of required initiatives
  • Revisit your vision to create classes and tracks related to where you want to go

2. Design effective Courses According to nea Today, “In schools where professional learning is centered around job-embedded collaboration with a focus on student results, teachers feel less isolated and experience a greater sense of confidence and job satisfaction—basically, the antithesis of the type of professional development that occurs outside the school, away from actual instruction, and away from students.”

So the question is how do we design courses that are not “sit and get” but extend beyond the one shot staff development.  The answer is to design courses that live on through a Learning Management System.   The technique is simple.  When you have a staff development day or session, create an online class for the session.  This not only allows you to post the materials but lets you start discussions that can last beyond a “Spray and Prey” session.

There are several good LMS systems that allow you to do this well like Blackboard, Haiku LMS, and Canvas.  A tool that connects the sign-up process, print name tags but also register people in the classes is called GoSignMeUp and can connected to all three of the above mentioned systems.

3. Make It Fun.   A lot of people miss this fun playful side of staff development.  Many Learning Management Systems offer badges for courses and GoSignMeUp can track if the courses were completed in a certain strand and send out a certificate.   Creating a multi tier approach encourages growth. “Gamify” the process.   People can be motivated to gather the next level by a sense of accomplishment and the want to build a resume or move up in the organization.

4.  Create Learning Communities – Scrumify it. By pairing up staff with each other, you can create small learning communities that focus on continual improvement of the organization.   These smaller groups can push forward short increments if they are given authority to do so.  This process of a Scrum is similar to a rugby match in which you join in a Scrum to move the ball forward.  Learn more about the Scrum process here.

5. Measure Results. If it is worth teaching it is worth measuring.   Find reliable metrics that can assess your staff development goals.  Is it a specific goal that you want students in a school to achieve or knowledge need to launch a new product for a company. 

For more information on how GoSignMeUp can help you create a successful professional development plan, call 1-888-286-4826, or fill out our contact form.

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CALPADS Fall 2 for Beginners!

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Manage, Promote, and Grow your District's PD offerings!


Does your district use a Learning Management System such as Haiku, Canvas or Blackboard to facilitate professional development programs?  Are you struggling with course scheduling, teacher sign-ups, course content, or evaluations?  Ever considered expanding the reach of your PD programs by offering courses and workshops to teachers OUTSIDE of your own district?  School districts throughout the U.S. are now using GoSignMeUp registration software to manage their PD catalog and create a built-in "return on investment" by monetizing some of the offerings.

School districts are adopting innovative and more business-minded ways at keeping their teachers and administrators up to speed on everything from the Google Suite to Internet Safety to Sexual Harrassment training.  Using a web application to create and manage PD courses, schedule workshops, deliver online content, and even print attendee name badges and "Certificates of Completion" makes a lot of sense. Districts that have adopted the GoSignMeUp platform have even started monetizing their current PD efforts by making them available to staff from other districts - simply a smart way to increase revenue and expand the visibility of your training programs.

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http://www.gosignmeup.com/create-income-stream-using-professional-development/

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Civil Rights Data Collection Window for 2017

We are pleased to announce that beginning on February 10th, 2017 the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) submission system for the 2015–16 school year will open to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).  To ensure system performance is maintained, the 2015–16 CRDC will have staggered open and close dates based on region. The open and close dates, and states associated with each region, are listed below.  Each region has the standard 75 calendar days from their assigned open date to submit data.

Phase 3: West Coast (Including Mountain, Alaska, and Hawaii) LEAs: Opening February 10, 2017 and closing April 28, 2017

States included in this region: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY

The submission system will open to a select number of State Educational Agencies (SEAs) that are assisting their LEAs with the 2015–16 school year data submission on January 17, 2017.  Participating SEAs and LEAs have been notified.

On the day of your assigned submission open date, all identified Superintendents, Primary Points of Contact and Alternate Points of Contact will receive an email containing their username and web link to verify their account and create a password in the CRDC submission system.  

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