The Cycle

Where education leaders can join a candid discussion about how schools are taking fresh approaches to providing relevant, inspiring, and effective professional learning

Ken Rocha, Director of Secondary Education at Pleasanton Unified School District in California, needed to select a new ELA curriculum that reflected 21st-century learning and district-wide priorities. In addition to making the right decision, he also needed to make sure the process was transparent and resulted in a group decision that reflected student, teacher, parent and community voices. 

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“Data-driven” is one the most overused phrases in education–and while many administrators know they want to promote a data-informed culture, it’s hard to know how to put this into practice beyond scheduled data meetings. This is especially true for school district staff trying to use data to personalize their professional development in ways that are both meaningful and sustainable.

Below, we’ve compiled a number of tips and tricks for incorporating professional development data into planning, decision-making, and implementation.

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BY: Jamie Fisher, KickUp Intern

Earlier this month, KickUp welcomed two new members to our team: Sasha Kapur and Mar y Sol Esparza, and we couldn’t be happier! Sasha and Mar y Sol will join our Client Success team, where their work will allow us to build out more capacity for serving new and current clients. 

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Our reports have undergone some major changes! Our Client Success Team now has the ability to create highly customized reports from your KickUp data. These new tools allow your client success manager to tailor reports to your specific needs: arranging the data visualizations in different configurations, restricting what data shows up where, and adding content and context for what the data means. That means we can help you tell your story to your audience in a way that’s clear and compelling.

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Drafting a professional learning plan is a critical step for districts who want to set their teachers up for success. We’ve gathered resources for making sure your plan is coherent and actionable, including tips from two Missouri district leaders. 

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