School Spotlight: A different kind of schedule at Avalon

This is the third in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post and here to read about student projects.) During my visit, the nontraditional schedule stood out as one aspect that was instrumental in making everything work.  Continue reading “School Spotlight: A different kind of schedule at Avalon”

I’m going to ISTE – are you?

This will be my first time attending the ISTE Conference, held this year June 23-26 in Philadelphia. I’m excited to meet and talk to teachers and learn about some of the great things happening in classrooms around the country. In fact, I’m so excited about meeting you that I’m going to give out free gifts to the first 100 Teachers On Campus subscribers who visit the Infinite Campus booth. Just make sure you subscribe by June 15 so I can have your gift ready for you!  Continue reading “I’m going to ISTE – are you?”

School Spotlight: Avalon is project-based

This is the second in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post.) During my visit, I had the opportunity to ask some students about their projects. They were clearly motivated to do the work and passionate about the projects they put together.  Continue reading “School Spotlight: Avalon is project-based”

Teacher feedback informs changes to Reports

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Thank you to all the teachers who submitted feedback to Infinite Campus! Many teachers submit feedback every day, sometimes through a feedback button in Campus or through Campus Community. Even though you might not get a response right away, know your comments are read, compiled, and given to a development team when they begin a new project. This is exactly what happened with Reports. 

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School Spotlight: Introducing Avalon School

This is the first in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. As many contemplate the future of public K12 schools in the U.S., they look to schools like Avalon that are already doing something different. 

My best days are the ones I spend in schools. Listening to and watching teachers and students as they work is so insightful! Back in December of 2018, I had such a day when I visited Avalon School in St. Paul, Minnesota.   Continue reading “School Spotlight: Introducing Avalon School”

Campus Learning Overhauls Discussions

Campus Learning Feature 1905If you used Discussions previously, get ready to be delighted. It is now easier to use, easier to score, and much more versatile. The new Discussions tool allows you to pose a question to your class where students can respond to you and to each other. The layers of conversation are easy to see so both students and teachers can easily follow the conversation. Continue reading “Campus Learning Overhauls Discussions”

Making the most of conferences

A reader suggested I write a blog post on parent-teacher conferences. I like it when people suggest topics so I dug in!

I taught both middle and high school, so while I’m confident writing about those age levels and making suggestions, I thought I should enlist a little help about the primary grades. I reached out to a friend who is in her 21st year of teaching kindergarten in Annandale, Minnesota – Katie Zuehlke. Continue reading “Making the most of conferences”

Fewer clicks and faster!

Multi-score Editor replacement coming January 28

Do you score your students’ work against multiple standards? Or are you required to have one score count toward the students’ letter grade for the class and another toward an in-progress grade or a standard? It’s a pain to enter multiple scores. Come January 28, this will be A LOT easier. 

Campus Instruction Feature 1905There will soon be a better way of scoring assignments aligned to multiple standards or grading tasks in Campus Instruction. Introducing the new Multi-score Editor. The Multi-score Editor has been reimagined to be faster and easier to use than before.  Continue reading “Fewer clicks and faster!”

Happy holidays!

What do you do to recharge and rejuvenate your mind and spirit?

Happy holidays! 

I suspect you are going into this break exhausted, but I hope you also feel the appreciation and gratitude of your students, families and community. I remember receiving many wishes for a happy holiday or a pleasant break, but the ones that stay with me are the unexpected little cards or notes I occasionally received from students.  Continue reading “Happy holidays!”