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February 20, 2018

Sevenstar News ☆ 3 Easy Wins for Online Summer School

From Saturday’s inbox…

Put Your Online Program to Work this Summer!

Did you know that our full catalog of credit recovery and regular courses are available to take over the summer?

Sevenstar can help your school offer more courses and flexibility for families this summer.

  1. Meet More Academic Needs
  2. Generate New Revenue
  3. Attract New Students

If your school would like to create a free school account or explore a custom partnership with Sevenstar, please request an online learning consultation today!

Online Summer School Planning [Free Webinar]

Creating a viable online summer school program is a challenge for many schools.

In this 20-minute webinar, we will provide recommendations to address academic needs and interests, along with best practices to facilitate a successful summer program.

We will also highlight a growing online summer program at Wesleyan School in Georgia, USA.

Attend this free webinar on Tuesday, February 27!

New Location for Our User Support Portal

Sevenstar upgraded to a new User Support Portal for our knowledge base articles and support ticketing system.

If you are still visiting our previous User Support Portal, please update your links to the new site at

Join Us at an Upcoming Conference

Please contact us if you would like to discuss online education with an expert from Sevenstar at one of events listed above.

Welcome to our New Partner Schools

Thank you Lord for enabling Sevenstar to serve these new partners in online Christian education!

News from Around the Web

A Look Back and a Look Ahead
CACE highlights their four most popular blog articles on Christian education from 2017, and identifies three themes to keep an eye on for the year ahead.


Online version is available here.

Review Encourages Stakeholders Take A Balanced, Cautious Approach Toward Interpreting Results From A School Discipline Reform

Another perspective on that research brief from yesterday.

February 15, 2018

Yolanda Anyon, (303)
Daniel J. Quinn, (517)

Review encourages stakeholders take a balanced, cautious approach toward interpreting results from a school discipline reform

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 15, 2018) — A report from the Fordham Instituteattempted to investigate the impact of a student discipline reform in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). The report concluded that the reform was a failure. However, an academic review of the report released today finds that the actual results of the reform were mixed, with positive trends for students who were earlier suspended being much stronger in magnitude than evidence of negative outcomes for students who were not.

The report, The Academic and Behavioral Consequences of Discipline Policy Reform: Evidence from Philadelphia, was reviewed for the Think Twice think tank review project by Yolanda Anyon, University of Denver, and Kathryn E. Wiley, University of California San Diego. Think Twice, a project of the National Education Policy Center, is funded in part by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

The reform in question eliminated suspensions for certain low-level school misbehaviors. The Fordham report in question looked at district out-of-school suspension rates for students, academic and behavioral outcomes, and racial disparities in suspensions.

Positively, the reviewers applaud the report for its use of advanced statistical methods. However, they find fault with the report’s use of causal language, logical fallacies, and overly simplified interpretations within the findings.

Anyon and Wiley conclude that the report seems like an attempt advocate against the reform rather than improving our understanding of a complex policy issue. They write, “Given the Fordham’s selective presentation of the original study findings, we do not recommend that policy makers use its conclusions as the basis for policy decisions.”

Find the review on the web:

Find the Fordham Institute’s report here:

Think Twice, a project of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), provides the public, policymakers and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected publications. The project is made possible by funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

You can also find the review on the NEPC website:

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19 February 2018: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ February 19, 2018

K12 (LRN) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research

K12 logo K12 (NYSE:LRN) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday, January 31st. The firm currently has a $20.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research’s price objective would suggest a potential upside …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ February 19, 2018

K12 Inc LRN Educational Performance At Morgan Stanley t

(NYSE:LRN), a technology-based education company and leading provider of online curriculum and school programs for students in pre-K through high school, announces that Nathaniel A. May 17, 2013 K12 Inc. Common Shares, ATGE, 01. – By measuring students’ academic achievement AND growth …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ February 19, 2018

Bark or Bite? What is The Street Consensus on K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN)

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 1. This number is based on the 2 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 22. Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $22 within the year. The ABR is provided by Zacks which …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ February 19, 2018
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See More. . An Easy Altar Guide Printable from The Witches Cauldron . Pagan winter solstice traditions and customs- give blessings for the food that you’re able to feast on and make sure you do share something with the less fortunate. One of our family’s favorite traditions – and one that children can do …
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February 19, 2018

NEW Resource Helps You Get Real About AR, VR

From Sunday’s inbox…

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Become an AR, VR pro!
Bringing augmented, virtual and mixed realities to the classroom is transforming learning and creating incredibly engaging experiences for students. But it’s not easy to know where to start and how to use these exciting new technologies.
Until now.

In the new ISTE book Learning Transported: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms, you’ll find ideas for using immersive technology in the classroom, lesson plans mapped to standards and content areas, and comparisons of devices and platforms.

Meet your goal of delivering relevant, exciting learning using the latest tech with this timely resource!


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AERA18 Insider – February 2018

Another newsletter from last week’s inbox.

AERA18 Insider
February 2018Each year, the AERA Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas. It is where to encounter ideas and data that will shape education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the United States and around the world. Leading up to the 2018 Annual Meeting, AERA18 Insider will provide a periodic glance at meeting highlights and features. Join us April 13–17 for five rewarding days of ideas, engagement, networking, and professional advancement.
In this Issue:

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Major Speakers Announced

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Advance Your Skills

Explore New York City

Connect with Exhibitors

Meeting Resources and Accessibility

Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About the Theme
The theme of the Annual Meeting calls us to confront the struggles for public education, considering the times in which we are living, the historical arcs that shape our present(s), and the roles we can play in the fight for justice. Read more

2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors

AERA would like to extend a special thank you to our 2018 sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
– SAGE Publishing

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors
– AccessLex Institute
– National Institute of Education

Join as an AERA18 sponsor!

Register Now
Online Registration and Housing  Now Available

Join more than 15,000 AERA members and scholars from aligned fields and disciplines in New York City, hear from major speakers, and select from more than 2,500 sessions featuring high-quality and timely education research. Be sure to obtain your 2018 AERA membership before registering for the Annual Meetingto receive the major discount on your meeting registration fee.Major Speakers Announced
William Trent, Linda Tuhiwai Smith to Deliver Featured Lectures

AERA President Deborah Loewenberg Ball has announced prominent scholars William Trent and Linda Tuhiwai Smith as major speakers at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Trent will give the AERA Distinguished Lecture and Smith will deliver the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture. Learn moreAward Lecture Speakers

Also plan to listen to the impressive line-up of Award Lecture Speakers, including Henry M. Levin (2017 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award), Hua-Hua Chang (2017 E.F. Lindquist Award), and Morgan Polikoff (2017 Early Career Award). Clickhere for a preliminary look at major addresses and lectures.

Awards Ceremony Luncheon
Honoring Excellence in Education Research

The sixth annual AERA Awards Luncheon will be heldSunday, April 15. The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the field of education research and the accomplishments of AERA-wide awardees and those who receive special citations. Individual tickets to the luncheon can be purchased during the registration process, or at “My AERA,” by all Annual Meeting attendees, while seats remain. Free tickets are available to attendees who bring their own lunches. Go to “My AERA” to reserve.

Advance Your Skills
Professional Development Courses Open for Registration

Annual Meeting attendees can take advantage of a rich program of extended and mini professional development courses. This year’s 31-course lineup provides ample opportunities for attendees to train in research methods and skills, discover specialized research disciplines, address professional development issues, and much more.

To view more information about the on-site professional development courses at the Annual Meeting, click here.

Explore New York City
An International Marvel

No other destination can match New York City’s unforgettable offerings, from Broadway shows, museums to picturesque views, and priceless historical attractions. Visit AERA’s website for information on attractions, museums, dining, getting around, and more.

Connect with Exhibitors
Come Visit Our Exhibitors

Visit the New York Hilton Midtown Friday throughSunday (April 13-15) to meet exhibitors. Enjoy complimentary coffee and visit top publishers, research companies on the rise, technology experts, and many more.

Enter to Win 

If you visit at least 10 different exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall during the meeting, you will be entered for a daily chance to win an iPad or a trip to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Toronto (registration, hotel, and air fare included).

Meeting Resources and Accessibility
Learn More About Meeting Resources

AERA offers a wide array of services at the Annual Meeting. View our Meeting Services page for up-to-date information on accessibility resources, journal talks, ASL interpreting services, child care, and more.

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2018 Annual Meeting
“The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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