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Articles by Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the eSchool News Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Laura interned at eSchool Media while attending UMD, and upon graduating, Laura was lucky enough to join the eSchool Media team. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, BYOD trends, equity in broadband access, and special education.

When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, boating, and rooting for the Terps.

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Helping schools forecast future trends

In the last few years, IBM has acquired two companies to help it improve its offerings to the education industry in the predictive analytics space. In 2007, IBM acquired Cognos…

HISD sees 151-percent ROI in 10 years from analytics project

The Houston Independent School District faced the same management challenges encountered by many large urban school districts: a wide variety of incompatible information systems, reliance on multiple manual processes for…

Tennessee district improves student performance, reduces dropout rates

The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) oversees nine K-12 school districts in and around Chattanooga, Tenn. Evaluating and improving school performance became a critical task for the districts, owing…

Advanced analytics: Helping educators approach the ideal

In the business sector, companies have been using predictive analysis for years to improve performance, predict stocks, or take action and change direction when troubling trends appear. They gather data…

More schools take security seriously

As we enter a new school year, I'm happy to see several districts spent the summer making investments in keeping their students, faculty and staff safer. One New Mexico district…

That’s so Shark Dog!

My fourth grade students coined a new phrase: “That’s so Shark Dog!” This phrase refers to an art piece that was transformed from a mistake into something brilliant. The story…

Train and maintain

One of the more confusing stories I’ve read lately comes from East St. Louis, Ill., where burglars have taken more than $1 million in...…

Formative assessment that ‘clicks’ with students

Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School, a member of Uncommon Schools, is the only school in New York City where every student in grades 5-8 passes the state exams. In grades 6-8,…

Copper thieves continue to strike

Schools are not immune. I recently wrote about an Oklahoma district hard hit by thieves taking or gutting……

Mac-based districts could face SIS quandary

Education industry giant Pearson says its PowerSchool student information system will cease to support Macintosh database servers by Dec. 31, forcing Mac-using districts to make some tough decisions.…