The Story of the Stepwell Logo

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In our journey to create Stepwell, our team has done a lot of thinking about the work that has to go into improving special education. While our platform focuses on streamlining compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, our ultimate goal is to help schools improve the results of their special education programs. When […]

Step Up with Stepwell: Understanding Results Driven Accountability

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Results Driven Accountability. Everyone can agree that it’s a good idea in theory. Of course we should focus on the quality of education for students with special needs rather than whether teachers and administrators can fill out the correct compliance paperwork. But how do we ensure appropriate education and get results? The Office of Special […]

How does Implementation Science Impact Education?

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Many people have proposed creative ways to bring school classrooms into the 21st century. From blended learning to flipped classrooms, innovators are creating new approaches to keeping students engaged and directing the path of their own growth. Regardless of the brilliance or effectiveness of an innovation, a new program is simply not enough, in and […]

5 Phases of Adopting Stepwell

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When our team set out to create Stepwell, our goal was broad: create a platform that provides visibility into improvement and compliance activities associated with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to improve education for students with special needs. We quickly realized that any tool that could drive this kind of change would be […]

Step Up with Stepwell: Using Data to Create Clear Communication

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During our User Experience (UX) research, we noticed a common problem that many administrators struggled with: getting relevant data and figuring out how to use it effectively. School administrators and teachers who we talked to had trouble finding data that showed how their schools were changing over time, having to settle for large scale data at […]

Step up with Stepwell: Hope is not a Strategy

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In the effort to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , state administrators often find themselves traveling to every corner of their state to keep track of school districts that are out of compliance. This can be a daunting task, especially for larger states with many remotely-located districts. Monitoring team members […]

Getting ready for NASDSE

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  As the Stepwell team is getting ready to head out to Portland, OR. this weekend for this year’s National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) conference, we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve learned from the states that we’ve talked to in the past year. One of the major things we’ve realized in […]

Step Up with Stepwell: Getting the Focus Back on Education

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While managing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) compliance, it is easy to lose track of the issue at hand: educating students with disabilities. Local school administrators, technical assistance providers and state administrators often find they spend more time completing paperwork and entering the same data into multiple software systems than implementing the corrective actions […]