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Welcome to the Istation Blog

Exceptional Leaders Transform Their District in 5 steps

Start the Year Strong!

As the new school year kicks off, educational leaders are juggling the complexities of distance learning, navigating new edtech tools, grappling with budget cuts, weighing student and staff mental health, and so much more. And leaders who are committed to best practices — while also being flexible, innovative, and empathetic enough to meet the evolving needs of students, staff, and parents — will be the ones who are able to transform schools during uncertain times.

District Supports Equity by Piloting Culturally Appropriate Program

When San José USD piloted Istation, they were looking for a program that was culturally appropriate for their large English learner (EL) population and that supported equity. The district has over 30,000 students, 22% of whom are ELs, making it Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.

Top-10 Assessment Must-Haves

Whether learning is taking place in person or remotely this year, every student will take assessments to determine their skill levels. Assessments are the starting point for measuring student growth and providing educators with insight for next steps. 

Educator Gives Students Courage to “Believe in Themselves”

In case you missed it…

Check out this inspiring article about one educator who goes above and beyond to transform the lives of her students! Through her work with the Boys and Girls Club of Easton in Pennsylvania, Antoinette Ferkh is helping create brighter futures and bolstering skills in reading and math. Istation is honored to be a part of the powerful growth happening here.

3 Keys to Building Powerful, Effective Reading Programs

Closing skill gaps after the challenges created by COVID-19 will will require highly targeted, effective, and time-saving strategies modeled by school and district leadership. Educational author/researcher and international literacy expert Dr. Joseph Torgesen recently sat down with Istation for an interactive webinar, “Powerful Practices to Get Students On Track” to share insights on how to create effective reading programs with winning student outcomes. 

Differentiation Done Right: How to Guide Learning Opportunities at School and Home