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Remote Entertainment Resources for Parents and Teachers

Remote Entertainment Resources for Parents and Teachers

In a previous post, we shared some excellent remote instruction and learning resources for schools and educators looking to meet the academic needs of their students. Today we’d like to offer some resources centered on family fun and entertainment because, well, everyone deserves a bit of a break...

About the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

About the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

We want make sure you are aware of the emergency unemployment assistance program under the federal CARES Act being made available this week. PUA provides assistance for unemployed or partially unemployed individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance and who are unable or...

Keeping Enrollment Up While Your Campus is Closed

Keeping Enrollment Up While Your Campus is Closed

The spread of the Coronavirus has changed our way of life and is a trying time for us all. Schools have had to rapidly redesign operations and instruction, and these swift changes have been equal parts incredible and strenuous. Understandably, enrollment is a critical issue, and Gradelink is...

Remote Instruction Solutions for Schools Dealing with the Coronavirus

Remote Instruction Solutions for Schools Dealing with the Coronavirus

As schools contend with the fluid situation regarding Covid19, we’ve gathered some tips and strategies to help facilitate remote learning should your school decide to close down temporarily. Note that this article is primarily focussed on remote learning, teaching and grading. Broader issues such...

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

What to Look for and What to Avoid Advances in software have rapidly transformed our world with modern systems designed to improve productivity and efficiency in our daily lives. Yet many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems that lead to stress, frustration and wasted time....

Cheap (and Even Free) Tech for Non-Profits

Cheap (and Even Free) Tech for Non-Profits

When nonprofits invest in technology, every penny counts. These targeted programs and discounts, listed in alphabetical order, help groups do more good for less. Note: Gradelink does not officially endorse or maintain vendor affiliations with any brands or retailers mentioned. This is simply a...

Making Your School’s Brand Shine

Making Your School’s Brand Shine

Branding isn’t just for the business world. Schools and districts depend on effective branding to help draw new families against competing schools. Just like any other competitive organization, they have a need to compete for students, administrative and teaching talent, and community perception....

Six Hats: Looking at a Decision from All Points of View

Six Hats: Looking at a Decision from All Points of View

How do you instinctively approach decision-making? Are you a natural optimist? If so, you may not always consider potential downsides. Are you generally risk-averse? Then you might miss out on new opportunities available to you. Having a rational, positive viewpoint does indeed go a long way in...

Quick and Doable Time Management Tips

Quick and Doable Time Management Tips

Many would argue that time is our most precious resource. It’s the only resource that we all have the same amount of each day, but we don’t all spend it in the same way. Although most of us divide our time between projects, family, and “me time,” we often feel that there just isn’t enough of this...

4 Old School Teaching Practices to Retire

4 Old School Teaching Practices to Retire

Hooray! Summer is here. Are you looking to do a little “spring cleaning” of your curriculum? We’ve got you covered! Today we are highlighting some “old school” teaching practices to swap out for some fresh alternatives you can roll out in the new school year. It should be noted that these are just...

Helpful Tips for Principals

Helpful Tips for Principals

A teacher can reach 20 to 30 students in a class period. A principal can impact the lives of up to a few thousand students during a school year. The classroom teacher has the greatest effect on student learning, but school leadership is second only to classroom teaching in its effect on student...

Developing Soft Skills to Complement Academics

Developing Soft Skills to Complement Academics

Acquiring soft skills – everything a person needs to be successful in their career other than academic skills – is a challenge. Is your school preparing students with the skill set they’ll need to be successful in the future?

Supporting Kids at Home to Do Their Best and Be Their Best

Supporting Kids at Home to Do Their Best and Be Their Best

Although a parent’s role in their children’s learning evolves as kids grow, one thing remains constant: you are your children’s learning models. Your attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey. You can help your child's learning...

The Benefits (and Some Pitfalls) of Project-Based Learning

The Benefits (and Some Pitfalls) of Project-Based Learning

At its core, project-based learning aims to give students a more active, hands-on approach to learning, touching on real-life skills that students can develop in school and then carry out as adults. Read on to learn the key ingredients to successful project-based strategies – and a few things to avoid.

Preventing the Perfectionism Habit

Preventing the Perfectionism Habit

If you find yourself or others falling short most of the time, you might have a tendency towards perfectionism. And while having a slice of it can be beneficial, the whole perfectionism pie can lead to avoiding risk-taking, higher levels of anxiety, and a deteriorating of quality of life.

Busting Boredom in the Classroom

Busting Boredom in the Classroom

While the classroom isn’t the first place most people think of when talking about fun, it’s an excellent place for stretching those creative muscles and exploring critical thinking in energizing ways.

Helping Introverts Thrive in the Classroom

Helping Introverts Thrive in the Classroom

There are many strengths that introverts bring to society, benefiting our culture greatly. Here are some ways teachers can help students and parents recognize these strengths and help them thrive in their own ways.

Making Memories That Translate into Deeper Learning

Making Memories That Translate into Deeper Learning

What are some moments that stand out to you when you were a student? Chances are they touched on something emotionally significant that solidified the experience and committed it to long-term memory.

Making a Switch for the Better

Making a Switch for the Better

With Engrade being discontinued, Rachel needed a new student information system that could reliably handle all of her school’s needs.

Grow | Three Tips for Attracting New Families

Grow | Three Tips for Attracting New Families

Build a smarter marketing funnel. Instead of advertising, attract customers through relevant and helpful content and adding value at every stage in their buying journey.

Grow | Make a Great First Impression

Grow | Make a Great First Impression

Make your open house an amazing experience. We share tips on making a great first impression that will entice prospective families to request private tours.

Parent-Teacher Communication Tools That Work

Parent-Teacher Communication Tools That Work

Considering the strong correlation between student success and parent involvement in the educational process, vital connections made through various forms of communication can’t be overemphasized. Read on to find a range of communication tools to maximize the teacher-parent partnership.

Gradelink Stories | EnrollMe, Part 3

Gradelink Stories | EnrollMe, Part 3

Angela knew that if the school was going to attract new families, retain existing ones, and make life easier for everyone, changes needed to be made.

Gradelink Stories | EnrollMe, Part 2

Gradelink Stories | EnrollMe, Part 2

“If we had lost even one student’s papers, we would have lost more than it cost to use Gradelink for an entire year.” It was time to replace the school’s ineffective system with something more professional.

Gradelink Stories | EnrollMe, Part 1

Gradelink Stories | EnrollMe, Part 1

Michael revolutionized his school’s admission process by introducing an efficient, user-friendly, all-in-one system that consistently saves time and money. To make it even better, the school has seen a boost in enrollment.

Engage Students with These Four Tech Tools

Engage Students with These Four Tech Tools

Here’s a brief list of ed tech tools for establishing connections and learning development. Whatever your students are working on, there are tools available right now making the process more engaging for them. 

5 Handy Classroom Organization Hacks

5 Handy Classroom Organization Hacks

In a fluid classroom environment, learning happens at an active pace. Having an organization plan allows ideas and creativity to flow uninterrupted.

Cut Classroom Clutter This Summer

Cut Classroom Clutter This Summer

As school winds down for the end of the year and many teachers get ready for summer vacation, the optimal time is now to clean up classroom clutter.

How to Ignite Creativity in Any Classroom

How to Ignite Creativity in Any Classroom

In his famous TED Talk,  Sir Ken Robinson made a case for how schools kill creativity. Sir Robinson argued that “creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and…

How to Make Lessons Pop with Pop Culture

How to Make Lessons Pop with Pop Culture

Every educator is faced with the challenge of keeping students motivated and participating in lessons. When speaking to a long-time friend and educator about her best ideas for student engagement,…

Season Opener: 5 Tips for Rookie Teachers

Season Opener: 5 Tips for Rookie Teachers

With the fall season rolling in and the school year in full swing, rookie teachers may be feeling the growing pains that come with mastering a new craft. Steven Turner,…

Bettering Student Outcomes with Formative Assessment

Bettering Student Outcomes with Formative Assessment

Formative assessments, when used correctly and in context, can lead to increased engagement and improved outcomes for students. But defining how formative assessments can help educators, or even what they…

6 Top Tips for Managing Technology in the Classroom

6 Top Tips for Managing Technology in the Classroom

Students who bring devices like tablets, laptops, and smartphones to school are prompting teachers and administrators to reconsider the role of technology in the classroom with every passing semester. We…

How to Write Good Narrative Comments

How to Write Good Narrative Comments

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of report card comments for providing parents with information about their students’ performance. But what kind of information should these comments provide?…

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

Teachers are used to taking work home. Assignments to grade, reading to finish, lesson plans to write — there’s always a stack of papers, a USB drive, or textbooks that…

Should Every Student Have a Laptop?

Should Every Student Have a Laptop?

When used correctly, laptops and other devices in the classroom can be valuable tools that enhance student learning. When used incorrectly, however, runaway technology can become an obstacle to school activities…

5 Ways to Make the Best of Your SIS Transition

5 Ways to Make the Best of Your SIS Transition

Your school’s student information system plays a crucial role in many aspects of your operations. Without it, efficiency at your school could grind to a halt. SIS is like an engine,…

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your School’s Summer

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your School’s Summer

By the end of the school year, teachers and administrators are usually looking forward to summer break as much as the students are. Staffers know, however, that schools don’t simply…

9 Tips for a Great Report Card

9 Tips for a Great Report Card

Report card time isn’t easy. Teachers have to finish their grading, administrators have to collect all of the relevant student grades, and mailing out hundreds of accurate reports on time…

Why Onboarding Your SIS is Important

Why Onboarding Your SIS is Important

My wife and I recently celebrated 10 years of marriage. Looking back at old photos, we realized something – we both need to lose some weight! We decided that a treadmill…

Should Teachers Have Their Own Websites?

Should Teachers Have Their Own Websites?

For most teachers, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. There are papers to grade, meetings to attend, lesson plans to write, tests to administer, a classroom to maintain,…

Is Digital Attendance-Taking Legitimate?

Is Digital Attendance-Taking Legitimate?

School attendance has been paper-based for years. Teachers are used to it, administrators are used to it, and it works… well enough. But is there a better way? Like the…

Web-Based SIS vs. On-Premises Programs

Web-Based SIS vs. On-Premises Programs

As web-based information management systems become faster, easier and more accessible, schools of all sizes are weighing the move to a new student information management program. Web-based student information systems…

5 Reasons Your School’s Admissions Should Be Online

5 Reasons Your School’s Admissions Should Be Online

Families want to feel confident that they are making the right choice during the application season. They are checking third-party review sites like Private School Review, Greatschools and even Yelp before…

Weathering the Changes

Weathering the Changes

Jack Mefford is the Principal of Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica, CA. He’s overseen the development of this small, faith-centered high school into a program-rich academically rigorous endeavor serving…

Starting a School From Scratch

Starting a School From Scratch

In 1983, Dennis Bock was teaching Technology and P.E. classes to just 38 students in between his administrative duties as co-founder of Stoneybrooke Christian Schools in Orange County, California. Thirty-two years…

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