Teacher Professional Development Models
Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness
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New Report: How We Can Learn From Other Countries to Improve the Traditional U.S. Model of Professional Development

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and the Center on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB), released a new report that suggests that the current U.S. model of professional development “far underperforms other key competitor countries.” In Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems, leading Australian researcher, Ben Jensen, analyzes the delivery model of professional development in four high-performing systems: Shanghai, British Columbia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Each of these systems score near the top of all jurisdictions tested in science, mathematics, and reading in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

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Student Achievement Data
Data & Tech
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Using Multiple Student Achievement Data Points to Improve Student Learning

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

In a time where big data and technology are becoming more prevalent in K-12 education, it’s important to develop a strong understanding of the type of data being collected and how to use that information effectively. Increasing student achievement is a high priority for K-12 school districts, which makes it a point of interest for reporting and data collection. While standardized test scores offer a common scale for students across the country, there are many other data points that can be valuable in measuring student achievement.

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Susbtitute Teacher Shortage
Human Resources
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Using Your Data to Address the Substitute Teacher Shortage

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

Target the Right Substitute Teachers Faster

substitute teacher shortageAre you spending your time calling the right substitutes? When finding and placing substitutes is more challenging than ever, it’s important that school districts develop a strategic approach for securing an educator in the classroom as quickly as possible.

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Teacher Hiring in Today’s Tight Labor Market
Data & Tech, Human Resources, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Hiring
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Teacher Hiring in Today’s Tight Labor Market

By: Amy Vracar, Partnerships Manager

In August 2015, The New York Times published “Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble.” The article stated that school districts across the U.S. are struggling to find and hire teachers and their applicant pools are “next to nothing.”

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Technology Courses for Teachers
Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness
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The Growing Importance of Technology Professional Development for Teachers

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

While many educational leaders acknowledge the benefits of technology in the classroom, there are still teachers who struggle to effectively incorporate it into instruction. An Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) survey reported that 36 percent of teachers under 35 years old and 44 percent of teachers 55 and older do not describe themselves as “very confident” at using new digital technologies.

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FETC 2016
Conferences, Data & Tech, Human Resources
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5 Tips to Get the Most Out of FETC 2016

By: Amy Vracar, Partnerships ManagerFETC 2016

For 36 years, the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) has provided educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the latest hardware, software, and education technology strategies all in one place. At their upcoming conference this week, from January 12 to January 15, 2016, attendees will learn about EdTech trends, gain some new skills, and make new connections.

With so much to take advantage of at the conference, we’ve compiled our own list of five tips to get the most out of FETC 2016:

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Effective Teaching Methods
Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness
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Effective Teaching Methods to Increase Social-Emotional Student Learning

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

As educators and school leaders, it’s important to stay-up-to-date on the latest research and implement new teaching methods in an effort to be more effective in the classroom. Recent research offers new evidence that social-emotional teaching methods are a great way to increase student learning and impact their ability to be successful in the future.

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EdTech Software, HR Technology
Data & Tech, Human Resources
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5 EdTech Trends that will Transform School District HR Departments in 2016

By: Amy Vracar, Partnerships Manager

This year, K-12 school district human resources (HR) departments will be experiencing a wave of technology innovation. These new solutions are designed to give HR departments information right at their fingertips, streamline district-hiring processes, and engage job candidates, as well as current employees.

Take a look at our list of 5 EdTech trends to look out for in 2016: 

  1. Mobile applications. EdTech Trends 2016, HR Software
    Breakthrough mobile applications will transform the way school district HR departments work, and shift the focus to a more user-friendly experience to help school district employees streamline their work processes.
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Cultural Diversity in Education
Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Hiring
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5 Thought-Provoking Articles on Cultural Diversity in Education

By: Alyssa Mattero, Partnerships Manager

Diversity in schools was a hot-button topic in education news in 2015. From student learning methods to changing demographics, this past year has offered a wealth of information and opinions regarding diversity in education.

Below are five interesting articles on cultural competency and diversity in education you may have missed in 2015.

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Applicant tracking software, cloud based solution
Data & Tech, Human Resources, Teacher Hiring
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The Ins and Outs of Implementing an Applicant Tracking System for School Districts

By: Amy Vracar, Partnerships Manager

Being able to quickly manage all applicant and recruiting data from one platform enhances the candidate and staff experience by eliminating human resources (HR) bottlenecks, such as paper applications, emailing resumes, and calling HR managers on the status of hiring efforts.applicant tracking software, cloud based solution Many of today’s high-performing school districts implement an applicant tracking system to electronically handle and organize job candidate information during the hiring process. How do they do it in an effective and efficient manner? It starts with an ATS that’s customizable to their needs.

At TeacherMatch, our goal is to enhance what you do best with what we do best. We know every district is unique, and we’ve addressed that with an applicant tracking tool that is customizable and can be fine-tuned and streamlined to your parameters. Here are some insights from our Training and Implementation teams to consider when transitioning to a new ATS. 

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