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Sparking Success One Student at a Time with Digital Courses

By | Tips and Resources

We’ve all heard how digital courses are the wave of the future. Schools across the country are using online courses to expand their course catalog so they can offer students more electives or honors or Advanced Placement® classes. Some districts have opted for digital curriculum to replace textbooks that quickly become out of date. Many districts now require students to complete at least one online course to help them develop 21st-century learning skills.

From an educator’s perspective, these are all excellent reasons to implement digital courses in an online or blended learning environment. But sometimes it is good to take a look at how online learning is sparking students’ success in a way that traditional courses never could.

Turning Learning Challenges into Learning Successes

Nine-year-old Gabe enrolled at Bonneville Online School (BOS) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in the fall of 2015 with a medical diagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia as well as behavioral issues with his previous brick-and-mortar principal and classroom teacher. Initially, he was placed in grade-level curriculum. His learning coach—his mother—immediately realized this was too much for him. She was devastated to discover that his reading and other learning skills were well below grade level, and Gabe felt defeated by the learning process.

Gabe’s mother and teachers met as a team and began a special education referral process. They learned that, although there were significant holes in his learning, Gabe was highly capable and just needed the support of the right curriculum, a teacher who was willing to provide appropriate modifications, and a loving learning coach. They determined that no IEP was needed—instead, a 504 (defining accommodations) and the right curriculum were ordered.

With online courses from Fuel Education, Gabe was able to work at his own pace. A semester later, Gabe is a confident and enthusiastic learner. He doesn’t use his diagnosis or previous difficulties in school as an excuse not to be successful. He puts in the extra effort needed to stay on track and even works on Saturday mornings and school vacation days!

Overcoming Obstacles to Graduation

Hard work is nothing new to Yarima. At age six, she pumped gas at her uncle’s gas station. When she was 12, Yarima started caring for her great uncle, a disabled Vietnam veteran, while her mother worked three jobs to support the family. By the time Yarima entered high school, her great uncle required almost constant care. She would miss months of school at a time, and when she did try to attend her local high school, she felt hopelessly lost. When her great uncle passed away, Yarima and her family lost their home.

By her junior year, Yarima was working two jobs and often didn’t get home until after midnight. School just didn’t fit into her schedule until she found Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs. Here she was able to take FuelEd Online Courses at home, and get face-to-face instruction and support at the district’s blended learning facility. This gave Yarima the flexibility she needed to complete her online courses between jobs. On May 17, 2015, Yarima received her diploma and a whole new world of opportunities opened up to her. Watch this video to learn more about how Yarima overcame obstacles to graduate.

Staying On Track throughout Illness

Lydia, a student at Bend Lapine Online in Colorado, is among the many students who have been highly successful in the traditional school and also benefits from the blended program. She was a very strong student, driven to the point of being a contender for school valedictorian. When she developed an eating disorder that required her to go into a residential treatment program, Lydia was concerned that she would fall behind in her classes. Her parents were afraid that if she was not able to keep up with her classes, Lydia’s anxiety would increase, which could worsen her eating disorder. But her treatment program was in another state, so the only way that she could continue with classes would be if she could take them online.

The school’s solution was to use the Fuel Education technology platform to allow teachers to stay in contact with her, and online instructional materials so that she could continue to make progress in her courses. When she re-entered the school, she found that she had not lost any time, and could pick up where each of her classes were. She not only graduated, but was school salutatorian.

These are a few examples of ways digital courses are sparking student success. To learn more about what students think about online learning, download this white paper released earlier this year by the Evergreen Education Group.

This​ ​article​ ​was​ ​contributed​ ​by FuelEducation. ​ FuelEd partners with schools and districts to provide students equitable learning opportunities that are personalized to serve each student’s different interests and learning style, no matter their level.  FuelEd offers digital curriculum in all subjects for grades; instruction, training, support, and other services that are critical for a successful online or blended program; and an open, easy-to-use learning platform that provides actionable data on each student and enables teachers to customize content. FuelEd is co-sponsoring Kinvolved’s Data Driven Leadership Summit on October 19th, 2017.

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What to expect from Kinvolved’s Data Driven Leadership Summit

By | Events

Kinvolved’s Data Driven Leadership Summit is quickly approaching! The event will occur on Friday, October 20th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Kinvolved’s Headquarters in downtown Manhattan. In this final week leading up to the summit, we’re focusing on how to ensure that attendees leave the summit with new ideas to consider and practical ways to use data to improve educational outcomes for NYC students.

The summit will feature an opening session on data driven leadership, a policy and practice breakout session, and a KiNVO bootcamp breakout session. Read on for information on the major takeaways you can expect from each session!

Data Driven Leadership Overview: Using Data to Catalyze Growth of our NYC Youth

Participants in this session will garner research, policy, practices, and resources incorporating early warning indicator (attendance, behavior, and course performance) data. Participants may take learnings back to their respective organizations, implement, and experience a positive influence on student performance.

After an opening message from Kinvolved CEO, Miriam Altman, this session will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Douglas Ready of Columbia Teachers College, and  case study presentations with a Q&A on solutions to improve student attendance and behavior. The panel will feature school leaders from Move This World and Kinvolved partner schools.

Policy Breakout: Using Early Warning Indicator Data to Inform Leadership Decisions

Participants will come away with a broad understanding of research, policies in effect and in planning, and specific practices on the ground that are working to empower leadership with early warning indicator (EWI) data to inform decisions that positively impact NYC students.

This session will feature presentations by Ms. Karoline Alexander, Community School Director,  at CS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center; Mr. Chris Caruso, Executive Director of Community Schools for the NYC DOE; Ms. Kecia Hayes, Director of Teachers College REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem); and Dr. Douglas Ready, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College.

KiNVO Bootcamp: KiNVO Data Best Practices

Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of: (1) their schools’ NYC DOE attendance data and KiNVO data, and (2) KiNVO functionality. Participants will complete a personalized Action Plan, which will guide their school’s use of KiNVO during the 2017-2018 school year. Lastly, we will create Affinity Groups based upon grade level and District.

Kinvolved Summits align key community stakeholders around common goals and strategies to fight chronic absence. We are very excited to facilitate productive discussions around using early warning indicator data to catalyze growth for NYC youth at this summit.

This summit will bring together school-based teams, district leadership, community partners, and policy leaders from across the NYC community to exchange best practices and innovations that use data to improve attendance and performance outcomes for students and families. Move This World, FuelEducation, and JumpRope will co-sponsor the event.

For more information, visit https://datadrivenleadershipsummit.splashthat.com/.

 

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Kinvolved’s Data Driven Leadership Summit

By | Events, Summits

Kinvolved is excited to announce our upcoming summit, Data Driven Leadership. The event will occur on Friday, October 20th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Kinvolved’s Headquarters.

Kinvolved Summits align key community stakeholders around common goals and strategies to fight chronic absence. At this summit, we cannot wait to facilitate productive discussions around using early warning indicator data to catalyze growth for NYC youth.

This summit will bring together school-based teams, district leadership, community partners, and policy leaders from across the NYC community to exchange best practices and innovations that use data to improve attendance and performance outcomes for students and families. Move This World, FuelEducation, and JumpRope will co-sponsor the event.

So, why focus on data? By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Research proves that if we utilize attendance, behavior, and course performance data to identify students in danger of dropping out, we can help them stay on track for graduation.

Knowing the way that attendance impacts educational attainment, Kinvolved aims to elevate attendance by including families in education. Kinvolved seeks to understand why students are chronically absent, how to efficiently identify these students, and how to more effectively engage family members in supporting these students to increase attendance and thus–improve academic outcomes and national graduation rates. Extensive research and impact assessments have demonstrated that these questions cannot be answered without tracking and analyzing thorough, meaningful data.

The qualitative data from our 2016-2017 Impact Assessment (for complete release in November) reveals that KiNVO users utilize their KiNVO attendance data to inform conversations with students and their families about attendance, and later, to inform attendance interventions when necessary. Many community school directors have successfully used KiNVO data to advance their attendance improvement plans.

One NYC community school director spoke to Kinvolved about the need for data to inform conversations with students and parents about attendance, and how they’re using KiNVO data at her school:

“We use KiNVO data to identify trends and find out what’s really going on with kids. Is there a particular class that students aren’t attending? Are they here in the morning but not the afternoon? Are they leaving for work? Once we understand the story that the data is telling, we can use the data to inform personalized KiNVO messages and conversations with parents about their children–which is much better than having the same scripted conversation with all parents about attendance.

But, before we contact parents, we must consider: ‘What is it with which we’re asking parents to help us?’ Having those personalized conversations builds better relationships with parents, and KiNVO data is enabling those conversations.”

The summit will feature a keynote by Dr. Douglas Ready on the status of school suspensions in NYC, and how they affect student performance; panel discussions by speakers including Chris Caruso, Kecia Hayes, and Karoline Alexander, who represent varied perspectives of the Community Schools movement; and structured networking that will allow fellow data driven leaders to pick each other’s brains and share the ways that they utilize data to improve outcomes at their respective schools.

For more insight on Kinvolved’s Summit Series, please check out the recaps of our previous NYC Attendance Summit and 2017 Summer Summit.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20th! RSVP here to join us!*

And, join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! #datadrivenleaders #KinvolvedSummitSeries

*Space is limited for this free event. As such, we ask that we limit attendance to up to two representatives per organization or school team.

 

Social emotional learning

5​ ​Ways​ ​to​ ​Implement​ ​Social-Emotional​ ​Learning​ ​for​ ​Student​ ​Success

By | Tips and Resources

The​ ​bell​ ​rings​ ​signaling​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day.​ ​Classrooms​ ​of​ ​students​ ​across​ ​the country​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​lessons​ ​to​ ​begin,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​these​ ​students​ ​really​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​learn?​ ​One student​ ​is​ ​anxious​ ​about​ ​his​ ​test​ ​next​ ​period,​ ​another​ ​hopes​ ​their​ ​college​ ​acceptance letter​ ​will​ ​arrive​ ​today.​ ​A​ ​fourth​ ​grader​ ​wonders​ ​if​ ​his​ ​mom​ ​will​ ​make​ ​it​ ​home​ ​in​ ​time​ ​for dinner.​ ​A​ ​kindergartner​ ​thinks​ ​about​ ​the​ ​older​ ​student​ ​who​ ​teased​ ​him​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bus.

How​ ​can​ ​we​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​these​ ​students​ ​are​ ​mentally​ ​present​ ​and​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​take​ ​on​ ​the day?​ ​Social-emotional​ ​learning​ ​(SEL)​ ​can​ ​help.

The​ ​Aspen​ ​Institute’s​ ​National​ ​Commission​ ​on​ ​Social,​ ​Emotional,​ ​and​ ​Academic Learning​ ​recently​ ​released​​ ​scientific​ ​statements​ ​of​ ​evidence​​ ​that​ ​demonstrate​ ​the lasting​ ​impact​ that ​social-emotional​ ​programming​ ​has​ ​on​ ​students,​ ​staff,​ ​school​ ​culture,​ ​and the​ ​surrounding​ ​community.​ ​They found that​ ​SEL helps students​ remain​ ​mentally​ ​present​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​considerable​ ​evidence demonstrating​ ​that​ ​students​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​when​ ​they​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​manage​ ​their​ ​emotions, form​ ​meaningful​ ​relationships,​ ​and​ ​demonstrate​ ​resilience.​ ​Research​ ​shows​ ​that​ ​SEL programming​ ​can​ ​increase​ ​executive​ ​functioning,​ ​self-efficacy,​ ​and​ ​persistence.

So​ ​how​ ​do​ ​we​ ​help​ ​children​ ​develop​ ​these​ ​social​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​emotional​ ​health?

Children​ ​and​ ​adolescents​ ​spend​ ​the​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​their​ ​time​ ​in​ ​a​ ​classroom,​ ​so​ ​schools need​ ​to​ ​devote​ ​time​ ​to​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​skill​ ​development.​ ​By​ ​prioritizing​ ​social and​ ​emotional​ ​learning,​ ​schools​ ​create​ ​safe,​ ​supportive,​ ​and​ ​effective​ ​learning environments​ ​for​ ​their​ ​staff​ ​and​ ​students.​ ​Continue​ ​reading​ ​to​ ​discover​ ​5​ ​easy​ ​ways​ ​to integrate​ ​social-emotional​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.

Schedule​ ​a​ ​Morning​ ​Meeting

Give​ ​students​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​one​ ​another​ ​by​ ​gathering​ ​for​ ​morning meeting.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​be​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​students​ ​to​ ​share​ ​how​ ​they’re​ ​feeling, discuss something​ ​they’re​ ​struggling​ ​with,​ ​or​ ​set​ ​an​ ​intention.​ ​Coming​ ​together​ ​at​ ​the beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day​ ​can​ ​affect​ ​how​ ​everyone​ ​will​ ​interact​ ​with​ ​one another​ ​for​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day.

Build​ ​a​ ​Diverse​ ​Classroom​ ​Library

The​ ​books​ ​and​ ​literature​ ​students​ ​are​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​impact​ ​on developing​ ​empathy​ ​and​ ​building​ ​global​ ​awareness.​ ​It’s​ ​important​ ​to​ ​share books​ ​that​ ​represent​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​set​ ​of​ ​cultures,​ ​races,​ ​family​ ​structures,​ ​living situations,​ ​etc.​ ​They​ ​should​ ​also​ ​address​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​themes,​ ​main​ ​topics​, ​and central​ ​lessons.​ ​Use​ ​books​ ​as​ ​a​ ​starting​ ​point​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​individual​ ​differences, feelings,​ ​and​ ​conflict​ ​resolution.

Inspire​ ​an​ ​Attitude​ ​of​ ​Gratitude

Research​ ​shows​ ​that​ ​demonstrating​ ​gratitude​ ​not​ ​only​ ​improves​ ​mental​ ​health but​ ​improves​ ​physical​ ​health,​ ​decreases​ ​stress,​ ​builds​ ​resilience,​ ​and​ ​improves self-esteem.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​inspire​ ​gratitude​ ​in​ ​your​ ​classroom, including:​ ​have​ ​students​ ​share​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​they’re​ ​grateful​ ​during​ ​a​ ​classroom meeting,​ ​create​ ​gratitude​ ​journals​ ​for​ ​reflection,​ ​or​ ​write​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​cards​ ​to other​ ​classmates.

Switch​ ​Up​ ​Your​ ​Seating​ ​Arrangement…and​ ​keep​ ​switching​ ​it

Arrange​ ​your​ ​classroom​ ​so​ ​that​ ​students​ ​have​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​in​ ​groups. This​ ​encourages​ ​collaboration,​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​teamwork.​ ​By​ ​switching group​ ​members,​ ​group​ ​size​ ​and​ ​the​ ​arrangement​ ​of​ ​your​ ​classroom,​ ​you​ ​give students​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​each​ ​other,​ ​discover​ ​strategies​ ​for​ ​how to​ ​work​ ​and​ ​communicate​ ​with​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​personalities,​ ​and​ ​keep​ ​things​ ​from getting​ ​boring!

Continue​ ​Your​ ​Best​ ​Practices!

Chances​ ​are​ ​your​ ​lessons​ ​and​ ​activities​ ​already​ ​encourage​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional development​ ​in​ ​your​ ​students.​ ​Look​ ​for​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​include​ ​group​ ​work, peer​ ​feedback,​ ​and​ ​creative​ ​expression​ ​in​ ​your​ ​lessons​ ​plans.​ ​Use​ ​literature​ ​and read​ ​alouds​ ​as​ ​a​ ​means​ ​to​ ​inspire​ ​discussion​ ​surrounding​ ​your​ ​classes’​ ​social​ ​and emotional​ ​needs.

This​ ​article​ ​was​ ​contributed​ ​by​ ​​Move​ ​This​ ​World.​​ ​​ ​Move​ ​This​ ​World​ ​provides​ ​PreK-12 schools​ ​with​ ​a​ ​comprehensive​ ​social-emotional​ ​learning​ ​program.​ ​Through evidence-based,​ ​developmentally​ ​aligned​ ​digital​ ​tools,​ ​Move​ ​This​ ​World​ ​ritualizes​ ​a daily​ ​practice​ ​of​ ​identifying,​ ​expressing​ ​and​ ​managing​ ​emotions.​ ​Educators​ ​and students​ ​strengthen​ ​their​ ​social​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​emotional​ ​health​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​create environments​ ​where​ ​effective​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​can​ ​occur.​ ​​Click​ ​here​​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​more about​ ​their​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​learning​ ​program.

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Garbacz,​ ​S.​ ​A.,​ ​Swanger-Gagne,​ ​M.​ ​S.,​ ​&​ ​Sheridan,​ ​S.​ ​M.​ ​(2015).​ ​The​ ​role​ ​of​ ​school-family​ ​partnership programs​ ​for​ ​promoting​ ​student​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​learning.​ ​In​ ​Durlak,​ ​J.A.,​ ​Domitrovich,​ ​C.E., Weissberg,​ ​R.P.,​ ​Gullotta,​ ​T.P.,​ ​&​ ​Comer,​ ​J.​ ​(Eds.),​ ​The​ ​handbook​ ​of​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​learning: Research​ ​to​ ​practice​ ​(pp.​ ​244-259).​ ​New​ ​York,​ ​NY:​ ​Guilford​ ​Press.

Jones,​ ​S.​ ​M.,​ ​&​ ​Bouffard,​ ​S.​ ​M.​ ​(2012).​ ​Social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​schools:​ ​From​ ​programs​ ​to strategies.​ ​Social​ ​Policy​ ​Report,​ ​26​ ​(4).​ ​Society​ ​for​ ​Research​ ​in​ ​Child​ ​Development.

Morin,​ ​Amy.​ ​​13​ ​Things​ ​Mentally​ ​Strong​ ​People​ ​Don’t​ ​Do:​ ​Take​ ​Back​ ​Your​ ​Power,​ ​Embrace​ ​Change,​ ​Face Your​ ​Fears,​ ​and​ ​Train​ ​Your​ ​Brain​ ​for​ ​Happiness​ ​and​ ​Success​.​ ​William​ ​Morrow,​ ​an​ ​Imprint​ ​of HarperCollinsPublishers,​ ​2017.

Osher,​ ​D.,​ ​Kidron,​ ​Y.,​ ​Brackett,​ ​M.,​ ​Dymnicki,​ ​A.,​ ​Jones,​ ​S.,​ ​&​ ​Weissberg,​ ​R.​ ​P.​ ​(2016).​ ​Advancing​ ​the science​ ​and​ ​practice​ ​of​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​learning:​ ​Looking​ ​back​ ​and​ ​moving​ ​forward.​ ​Review​ ​of Research​ ​in​ ​Education,​ ​40(1),​ ​644-681.

KiNVO - Jumprope integration

KiNVO and JumpRope integration

By | News

Administrators and educators, do you need your attendance and gradebook data in one place? Look no further!

We are very excited to announce that we’ve integrated KiNVO by Kinvolved with JumpRope to bring you the best of both worlds.

Kinvolved is an organization dedicated to elevating student attendance. We offer three services to achieve this mission: Attendance Summits, Culture and Community Coaching, and KiNVO–our mobile and web app. Our Attendance Summits align key community stakeholders, from districts and community-based organizations to mayor’s offices and government agencies, around common goals and strategies to fight chronic absence. Our Culture and Community Coaching for school and district teams promotes thoughtful implementation of research-backed attendance improvement strategies. KiNVO, our mobile and web app, enables school and district teams to access informative attendance data and to engage families through real-time, two-way, translated, text messaging.

JumpRope is a mastery-based grading and reporting tool, which includes tracking for student attendance and reporting. Teachers, administrators, parents, and families can plan, score, report, and share feedback in terms of mastery of standards in all grade levels. JumpRope offers accounts to individual teachers that are free forever. Schools and districts can sign up for JumpRope to enable powerful customization, reporting, and collaboration features including the ability to integrate with other systems such as KiNVO.

Dr. Robert Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, cites chronic absenteeism as “the biggest thing in school improvement that people have not paid attention to.” Balfanz and colleagues from the EGC have published extensive research on utilizing an early warning indicator system to identify students in middle grades who are in danger of dropping out. Their research shows that by tracking attendance, behavior, and course performance (A-B-C for short) early on, teachers and administrators can identify at-risk students and help keep them on track for graduation–thus improving their chances of future success.

Given the intrinsic relationship between attendance, behavior, and course performance, merging KiNVO and JumpRope felt like a logical step in our quest to help tackle chronic absenteeism. We’re excited to further explore the ways in which utilizing data can help improve student outcomes at our upcoming Data Driven Leadership Summit.

So, how does KiNVO-JumpRope integration work?

Teachers record and save attendance in JumpRope.

  1. JumpRope sends attendance data to KiNVO in real-time.
  2. KiNVO sends instant, translated text messages, emails, and robocalls to families about attendance.
  3. Parents and guardians reply, and a single attendance contact receives all attendance responses.
  4. Within the KiNVO app, attendance data visuals illustrate trends in student, course, and school-wide attendance behavior.
  5. Teachers, Parent Coordinators, and other administrators use KiNVO for all parent and student communications.

If you’re interested in integrating KiNVO and JumpRope at your school, please purchase both softwares. You can schedule a consultation to learn more about how KiNVO can support your school by emailing hello@kinvolved.com or completing this form: https://kinvolved.com/sign_up. We will be happy to direct you to our friends at JumpRope.

Upon purchasing both softwares, you will speak with a KiNVO Client Success Specialist. We will ensure that your integration is enabled within 48 business hours. The integration requires that your JumpRope and KiNVO schedules are synced via STARS. KiNVO uses Clever to import STARS records, and receives STARS updates every 24 hours. JumpRope requires administrators to manually upload STARS files.

If you’re already already a KV or JR user and want to integrate, please contact support@kinvolved.com or https://support.jumpro.pe/hc/en-us.