Break the Cycle: Teachers are Key

At Atomic Learning, we work with schools and districts across the country and around the globe on a daily basis, and, even though the populations of these schools are very unique and the initiatives and programs vary, we hear many of the same challenges on everything from student engagement and instructional practices to utilizing technology and ensuring safe learning environments.

Ultimately, these challenges all center around ensuring student success, and on a national level there are some sobering realities:

  • Half of students are disengaged1. This is one of the factors that leads to an average of 5,000 students dropping out of school each day2.  While the number has declined in recent years, it's still a staggering and unacceptable rate.
  • When a school loses a student, there is a financial impact. On average, schools lose over $12,000 of funding per lost student3.  
  • Recognizing that teachers are key to reducing this cycle, consider this: Typical professional development has a real cost of $6,000-12,000 per year, per teacher4.  However, most teacher PD only has a 10% transfer rate into instructional practice5.  That means that not only is PD costly and time-intensive, but isn’t doing what it needs to in order to impact students.

Fortunately, there are proven ways to help break this cycle.

Personal Safety Tip: Location, Location, Location

If you are ever faced with a potentially dangerous situation and need to make a 911 call, do you know where you are? Not just your general location, but details such as the street you are on and the building or house number?

Unlike with traditional home phones, a mobile phone may not allow a 911 operator to determine your exact location. Always make a conscious effort to be aware of your surroundings and know your location—you never know when you may need it.

Did you like this personal safety tip? Receive 4 more!

Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Atomic Learning?

If you are only using Atomic Learning for how-to technology training, you're missing out. While this used to be the core of our product, this content is now the bonus on top of a larger range of highly relevant topics in education.

Watch this brief video to discover what’s new at Atomic Learning—and feel free to reach out if you are interested in learning more about these resources for your school or district.

To help move learners beyond just knowing how-to use technology, check out a few of the available resources on the highlighted topics below:

Interested in learning more? Contact Atomic Learning at!

4 Key Questions on Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is a critical element of student success, and an integral part of an individual’s ability to participate and contribute in meaningful ways to the world - academically, professionally and personally.

As you explore the topic, here are a few key considerations to reflect on as you guide learners on the path to digital literacy:

  1. Does the learner know how to use available technology?
    Knowing how to operate the technology that is available is a basic foundation of students’ digital literacy. In today’s world, it’s the equivalent of being able to use a pen and paper. However, just as being able to form words doesn’t automatically make you a great writer, neither does being able to operate technology mean one is digitally literate.

    Topics to explore:
    Computer Literacy Basics, Microsoft Office, All Things Google
  2. Is the learner building good digital citizenship skills?
    The digital world has opened up unparalleled opportunity for today’s learners. Navigating the legal, ethical, and potentially dangerous facets of this new world and becoming good digital citizens is an integral part of being digitally literate.

    Topics to explore:
    Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship, Being Savvy Online, Cyberbullying
  3. How is the learner approaching research?
    Students are notoriously savvy Web users. It isn’t hard for them to find “answers” to their questions, but few can locate thorough answers from reliable sources and use this information effectively. Challenge students to think critically and to find credible sources, rather than just “answers”.

    Topics to explore:
    Literacy Reimagined, Avoiding PlagiarismAsking Essential Questions        
  4. Is the learner demonstrating Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity skills?
    Encourage students to expand on their current literacies and embrace their role as digital citizens. It is essential that a student develop the 4 C’s as they are in-demand skillsets that can heavily impact future academic and professional success.

    Topics to explore:
    Integrating the 4 Cs, Getting Technology R.I.G.H.T., Send/Pass a Problem

Ready to help your students take the next step on the path to digital literacy? Contact Atomic Learning for more information on how to unlock the resources above as well as additional learning resources on highly-relevant topics.

Webinar: Taking Ownership of Safety

For the past eight years, retired Navy SEAL officer Larry Yatch and his wife, Anne, have trained thousands of young adults in situational awareness, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and risk reduction. Their company, Mindset Matters, has partnered with Atomic Learning to create a Real World Safety program that shares best practices based on their combined knowledge and expertise.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn more about the program as Anne, Personal Safety Expert, co-founder of Mindset Matters, and former Intelligence Analyst, shares timely insights on how to:

  • Provide highly-relevant safety content that resonates with teens and young adults
  • Empower students and faculty to take ownership of their safety
  • Minimize the burden of training and time constraints
  • Support the mission of your institution by promoting the development of critical “life skills”
  • Enhance your school’s brand and reputation

FREE Webinar
How to Empower Students and Staff to Take Ownership of Safety On- and Off- Campus
Hosted by Campus Safety Magazine
Launch On-Demand Webinar Recording

Interested in learning more on the topic?
Explore specialized online learning resources focused on personal safety at

Focus on #SchoolSafety - Quick Tip on the Best Personal Safety Tool

Safety is becoming an increasingly critical topic at schools, colleges, and universities across the country. This quick tip from Personal Safety Expert, Anne Yatch, focuses on which tool to use if you don't know how to physically defend yourself.

Learn additional insights and empower individuals with the skills needed to take ownership of their own safety—now, in college, and beyond—with a specialized online safety awareness and prevention program focused on ensuring learners know how to trust their instincts, increase their observation skills, and develop an action plan for when faced with potential threats.

Interested in preparing your faculty, staff, and students with Real World Safety skills? Learn more.