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How to Spot an Under-the-Radar Student and Get Her Back on Track

It wasn't until she broke down in tears that I realized my student needed help.

Extend Learning & Connect with Parents: The Power of Istation Home

Cynthia Thro is the proud principal of Oak Grove Elementary in Hillsborough County, Florida. In addition to leading the charge for Istation implementation in her district, Principal Thro has also facilitated a very strong Istation Home program. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Principal Thro about how her school has implemented Istation Home with such great success.

Putting Istation to work with "Tier Time"

All teachers are busy, but even by that standard, Ms. Culbreth is busier than most. Teaching at Thompsonville C.U.S.D 174, a K-12 Title I school in southern Illinois, Ms. Culbreth serves every student in grades K through 8. She also teaches reading to 7th and 8th grade students and has at least for this year taken on yet further duties needed to support the school.

Four Strategic Moves to Implement Istation and Motivate Students

When Ms. Dillon realized the students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School weren’t enthusiastic about another tech tool in the classroom, she took matters into her own hands. Since then, the students have not only been more engaged and motivated to use Istation, but they’ve also started begging her to see their progress. What’s the secret to her success? Ms. Dillon said, “We made four strategic moves that brought us from the bottom to the top.”

Thank a Teacher

At Istation many of us have backgrounds in teaching and education. In fact, together we have over 1,023 years of teaching experience! We care about education and educators deeply, and this holiday, several Istation team members took a moment to reflect and thank a teacher who inspired them.

Data is More Than Just a Hammer! How to Use Data Effectively to Guide Instruction

Data can be so misunderstood. There's even disagreement over the word itself. Singular? Plural? Both? 

It’s unfortunate that data often has a negative connotation on school campuses says Mona Savage, English Language Arts Elementary Coordinator for the McKinney Independent School District in McKinney, Texas.  

 “The biggest misconception about data is that it is the hammer. It’s not the hammer,” she says. “It’s not supposed to point out inefficiencies, weaknesses, and a lack of knowledge. It does just the opposite. It finds areas to grow, areas to improve.” Instead of looking at data as a hammer that crushes things, what if you could position data as a tool that helps build things?

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