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Chicago Administrators Panel Discussion: Focusing on the Elements of Success

If you are familiar with the Learning Counsel’s Learning Leadership Symposia, you know that it consists of a region’s best and brightest education leaders coming together for some of the natio...

Doug Cauthen

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Chicago Learning Leadership Symposium: Amplified Personal Learning and Student Outcomes

Presented by Dr. Paul O’Malley, Superintendent of Butler School District 53 and Ray Harth, Chief Executive Officer at the Heliox Group

Doug Cauthen

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5 Ways for Rural Schools to Get the Most out of a Districtwide Communications Platform

Our rural school district operates from a single campus, but that doesn’t make school-home communications any easier. With 1,500 students across grades K-12, we were previously using a blend o...

Stephanie Hinds

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From TTHWADI to HLLC, thanks in part to NBPNSPP: All to benefit TTTWCS

It is hard to believe this school year is almost half over. It feels as though it is literally flying by. After next week, we have Thanksgiving week. And then two more weeks after that, we pul...

Charles Sosnik

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Take My Crutches. Please

A 17-year-old high-school student recently walked into a high-stakes test without the accommodations that he had received for years. This was not an arbitrary administrative decision; it was hi...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

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Reading in your free time: 6 enjoyable books for teachers

After a long day at work, unwind with a book. Alternatively, make the most of your free time on weekends and holidays. Here are some novels that we think you would like and those we've read and ...

Lucy Sanders

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Matters of Principal: Committing to Monitoring

At this point of the school year, initial plans have been partially, if not fully, implemented. Mere implementation, however, most definitely does not ensure desired impact. It is now incumbent ...

Jamie Bricker and Jack Barclay

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Undercover Threats in K-12 Schools: Ransomware

As digital learning possibilities expand, school districts have become major ransomware targets. Throughout 2021, 162 school districts were the target of a cyber incident, and for the first ti...

Rick Vanover

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How to Become That Teacher

One of the attributes of a great teacher is the ability to open up new possibilities for their students. Every young person deserves to feel empowered to pursue opportunities, but students can’t...

Abby Dorsey

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Using Online Learning to Build Global Awareness

Understanding diverse cultures and perspectives is essential for high school students as they prepare for careers in our increasingly global society. One of the best ways for students to experie...

Carol DeFuria

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In a youth mental health crisis, we need to leverage remote work to retain clinicians

Last year, a national state of emergency in children’s mental health was declared by leading children’s health authorities, and there is a nationwide shortage of educators in schools who are equ...

Kate Eberle Walker

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Time for Your Mid-point Check-in

For many districts in the country, it is Fall Break, which marks the halfway point in the semester and a perfect time for a check-in. Perhaps, check-ins are new for you. We can be accustomed to ...

Tamara Fyke

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Bringing Back the Joy of Teaching

On last year’s last day, many teachers packed up their classrooms, closed their doors, and said goodbye – for good. When schools closed throughout the country for the past few years, teacher...

Robyn Shulman, M.Ed.

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Navajo Nation Hit Hard with COVID-Related Issues

No running water or electricity? Sound like a third world country? No, it’s a fact of life for many on the Navajo reservation (about 37 percent of the Navajo Nation residents). This means the im...

Welda Simousek

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Timing is Everything

I read a piece in one of the weekly education publications; a superintendent had been quoted warning of the funding cliff coming in two years. This supe seemed to be making the best of it, not s...

Charles Sosnik

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Digital Citizenship: A Call to Educate and Prepare Learners

We live in unprecedented times of great digital advances and innovation. Technology is moving and changing rapidly across the world while connecting us in unforeseen ways. Today’s youth are digi...

Robyn Shulman, M.Ed.

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Remediation of Cognitive Processes in Special Education Students

All signs point to training weak cognitive processes rather than bypassing them.

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

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Can Brain Fitness be Education’s Moon Shot?

During global Brain Awareness Week, some seven years ago in March 2015, The Kennedy Forum convened experts at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA to consider perspectives and review (then) ...

Betsy Hill & Roger Stark

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Matters of Principal: Supporting Staff

In our previous column, The Pillars of Principalship , we stressed the importance of establishing foundational pieces that will provide the underlying support and structure for all stakehol...

Jamie Bricker and Jack Barclay

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The Problem with Education’s Problems: (Part 3) Achievement Loss

Editor’s Note: This three-part series seeks to identify the problem to act on, rather than approach each challenge as isolated. In part one, we addressed the teacher shortage and found that it ...

LeiLani Cauthen


Featured Papers

The Learning Counsel presents journals, papers and briefs on critical topics in Digital Education.

Most will require registration in order to access them, but they are all free.

Three Near-Term Innovation Areas for K12
K12 human resources are crucial to utilizing the cloud successfully. Roles and responsibilities have all changed dramatically since the start of the pandemic, and a new trend to move to core co...
An Essential Audio Ingredient in Today’s Accessible Learning Environments
Today’s learning environments have changed markedly from just a couple years ago, prior to the pandemic. Tech devices are comprehensively in both the student and teacher hands, but are they missin...
The Gaps Remaining for District Digital Transition
Most administrators know there are still gaps remaining in their school or district’s digital transition. Recent studies including the 2021 Digital Transition Surveys for Administrators and Teache...
5 Steps to Fixing the Hidden Traffic of Records Management Overwhelming Schools
How come digital processes seem easier but are often harder to manage? A major shift to digital teaching and learning in schools has developed an additional digital traffic load for teachers and f...
From Chaos to Learning Recovery: Going from Manual-Digital All the Way to Efficiency
Seeing the Levels of Chaos Helps Anchor Bringing Order Schools and districts that recently lost 4 percent of students to alternatives continued to lose students in 2021 at an accelerated pace (no...
Hybrid Logistics Security
Your district is a brand, and your network security helps power its reputation. With the accelerated move to hybrid learning environments over the past year, school districts across the nation are...