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Alyssa Thornley

Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.
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Avoiding the "Chilling Effect" While Enrolling Immigrant Students

By Alyssa Thornley | November 30, 2017

There is growing concern surrounding the impact that the Trump administration’s
decision to rescind (cancel) DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
program) will have on immigrants and their educational rights. In particular, the work that a school district does to collect information for school enrollment, or eligibility for Title III services, needs to be carefully conducted so as to not violate civil rights around the "chilling effect" (any practices that could intentionally or unintentionally dissuade immigrant families from enrolling their children as students). 

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Schools, DACA, and Increased Anxiety Among Immigrants

By Alyssa Thornley | November 29, 2017

As part of our commitment to provide school district administrators with resources and guidance on federal program compliance and administration, we regularly publish blogs featuring guest writers. We are honored to feature Scott Nyary, the EL Coordinator, Lead ESL Teacher and Title III Coordinator for Lamar County School District located near Hattiesburg, Mississippi discussing his observations following the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been rescinded:

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Press Release: Maine Department of Education Partners with Company to Provide ESSA Compliant Parent Notification Software for Parent and Family Engagement

By Alyssa Thornley | October 24, 2017

To help with new Parent and Family Engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to meet the civil rights obligations of schools in working with Limited English Proficient (LEP) and English Learner (EL) families across the state of Maine, leaders in the Maine Department of Education are partnering with TransACT® Parent Notices to provide all 266 local education agencies representing thousands of schools and teachers with unlimited access to expertly written parent notifications that meet legal requirements and guidance on required audiences, and recommended timelines.

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ESSA RoadMaps: What You Need to Know for ESSA Compliance

By Alyssa Thornley | October 9, 2017

Transact RoadMaps are a compliance and guidance component of TransACT Parent Notices subscriptions that existing subscribers can access at any time. RoadMaps use a series of yes/no questions to guide educators through the process of determining which parent notices are required to send out in a particular time period or situation. This helps educators to create a list of notices they need based on the unique characteristics of their school and/or school district. RoadMaps are a helpful, time-saving compliance tool for:

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The Staggering Cost of Parent Communication Requirements Under ESSA

By Alyssa Thornley | June 12, 2017

There is a financial burden related to creating parent notice communications in-house, especially since there are several components to a successful, ESEA- compliant communications plan, including:

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ESSA Basics: What are Title I and Title III?

By Alyssa Thornley | May 24, 2017

On July 1st, 2017, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as rule of the land, at least in education. ESSA is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was first signed into law in 1965. The law reaffirms the commitment to equal opportunity for all U.S. students

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Google Docs vs eConvene: the pros & cons of non-specific software in paperless board meeting management

By Alyssa Thornley | February 2, 2017

Paperless document management increasingly plays a critical role in the operations of businesses, nonprofits and school boards alike. When selecting a service, small governing boards have a plethora of easy-to-use and cost-efficient online services that allow users to compile files of all types and seamlessly distribute them to multiple users while simultaneously helping the organizations eliminate paper from their processes. With so many free options available, paying for one seems exorbitant, but there are drawbacks associated with free services that are not designed for your industry. 

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4 Reasons Small Governing Boards are Going Paperless

By Alyssa Thornley | February 2, 2017

Businesses, schools, and homes across the country have been moving away from their reliance on paper for decades. For a long time, the paperless technology that made this possible for every day people seemed like a luxury that smaller government and civic boards couldn’t justify.

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Managing Communication with the Parents of ESL Students

By Alyssa Thornley | January 24, 2017

As school districts across America grow in population and the country itself becomes more diverse, the need for enhanced parent communication increases. A one-size-fits-all model cannot work when ensuring all students and parents receive pertinent communications in a language they can understand. 

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Limited-time savings for CoSN Members

By Alyssa Thornley | January 19, 2017

ActPoint KPI, the leader in district operations performance management, partners with leading organizations in district management to provide valuable insights that support efficient, cost-saving operations.  As part of their partnership, business operations departments are able to benefit from the ability to define, share and promote best practices in operational excellence. 

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