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When we first started using Kickboard , we wondered if our high schoolers would care about things like character traits. With Kickboard, they actually do. They care a great deal about what their balance is and where they stand in Kickboard. During the semester we couldn’t use Kickboard, we really felt its absence in our school culture. But with Kickboard, students care, which helps these traits become intrinsic.

Guide covers how to improve school culture

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To help school and district leaders create a more positive culture and kickstart their journey toward improved school performance, Kickboard has published a new how-to guide titled, “ Quick School Culture Tips for School & District Leaders.”. Following each story are step-by-step instructions to implement each practice, along with helpful screen shots from the Kickboard school culture system. One example comes from Lowery Elementary School in Donaldsonville, La.

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How our high-poverty school reduced suspensions by 97%

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When we arrived at Betty Best Elementary in Houston in the summer of 2014 and dug into the school’s data, we saw there were 627 office referrals during the previous year. Take a positive approach to classroom management. When students arrive on the first day, some know how to behave appropriately in a classroom, but others don’t because they were never taught. Following the CHAMPS strategies, we established behavior expectations for every classroom activity and transition.

The Business of Education Technology

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Jen Medbery stepped down as CEO of Kickboard. According to Edsurge , changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will soon be another “ win for ed-tech vendors.” “Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” Edutechnica wrote in June , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing “pseudo-LMSes.” This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.