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Deepening Charter School Ties

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A partnership between an institute of higher education and a charter school network can be a beautiful thing. For the charter, college and university connections help introduce students to a broader array of possibilities for higher education than they might normally see. The college or university, in turn, is offered a chance to reach a greater number of students, increase campus diversity and boost enrollment numbers.

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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Eastside Preparatory is Now Offering Lower Cost Materials to Students

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Currently finishing up its 12th school year, Eastside Preparatory, a grade 5-12 school in Kirkland, Washington, knows a thing or two about rapid change. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the school was just an idea in the heads of school founders Alice and Tom Strong. In the years since, Eastside has grown into one of the most well-respected and academically rigorous schools in the area as they’ve aimed to make good on their mission statement:

We inspire students to create a better world through Critical Thinking, Responsible Action, Compassionate Leadership and Wise Innovation.

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Cape Henry Collegiate Makes It Easier than Ever for Families to Purchase Their Students' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Cape Henry Collegiate is known for its academics, but if you ask Head of Middle School Amanda Hayes, families choose the Virginia independent school for its focus on knowing, valuing and challenging each of their pre-K through 12th grade students. With 900 students and a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, it's fairly easy to do.

So when their previous course material fulfillment provider struggled to provide the same level of attention and care to providing families with quality materials and service, the school knew it may be time to find a better fit.

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Can Virtual Reality Become the Perfect Learning Aid?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Something is always changing or improving in technology. If you turn your back on the industry too long, a new piece of tech will have been developed, implemented and on the way out before you even knew you missed it. Right now, some of the most exciting developments are coming out of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, but what implications will they have on the world of education?

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5 Tips for Handling Rush

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 3, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As the school year draws near, so does the course materials rush. Along with the pressure to ensure everything arrives before day one, come calls and visits from students, faculty and parents — some polite, some angry, some frantic.

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Streamline Adoptions With Course Director

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Multitasking is a way of life, especially for teachers and administrators. Rarely are there enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do. While course materials adoptions are important for a variety of reasons, managing them often becomes one more task that takes precious hours.

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Google Glass: Changing the Face of Enterprise

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Administrators wondering how to best prepare students for the changing workplace need to look again at Google Glass. That’s right: The wearable mini-computers are back and the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition® may change the way many of us do our jobs.

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5 Things Successful Executives Do to Increase Productivity

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Too often people need more hours in a day. The lists of tasks that need to be completed grow rather than shrink in size, especially when you are the central decision-maker for a school. Meetings, interruptions and office politics eat away at your time. Here are five ways some of the country’s top executives manage their time to increase productivity.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A toxic employee makes the daily stresses of the education world unbearable. Already, tensions abound with faculty politics, student and family financial concerns — not to mention issues regarding enrollment and retention. These workers create chaos, lower morale and inspire your best employees to quit.

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