Education Elements Gets Results

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As Education Elements moves into its sixth year supporting schools and districts, its latest impact report builds the case that personalizing learning for students isn’t just a one-hit wonder but a sound strategy for boosting outcomes for all students. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators Leaders

10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blog Posts of 2017 from Education Elements

Education Elements

In 2017, we published blog posts from our team, our districts, and thought leaders from across the country, ranging from examples of personalized learning in real classrooms, to how to think differently about the purpose of curriculum, to how to change the mindset of a district, to why we do what we do (and why we have made some changes to what we do!) Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Elements CBE

Personalized Learning Requires Flexibility: An Update to Education Elements’ Core 4

Education Elements

When I was in high school I had a fantastic U.S. history teacher who demanded that we each complete an independent research paper on the 1960’s at the end of the year.

E = MC2: A 2017 Personalized Learning Summit Workshop

Education Elements

When Keith Wilson and Monte Westfall, successful administrators of the Lawrence Virtual School, and I began working on our workshop about equity for Education Elements’ Personalized Learning Summit (May 10-12, 2017), we chose this very equation as the title but added a new twist. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

2017 Predictions for American Education

Education Elements

Before we get too far into 2017 I like to reflect on what has been and make predictions for what the year ahead will mean for education. As a company, I can say that Education Elements will be changing the way we think about our partnerships and what these districts really value from our relationship. Outside of changes to our company, I predict 2017 will bring five major changes to education as a whole.

How to Create a Vision

Education Elements

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsVision-setting can be a painful process. Hours may be spent on one twisting sentence. Long, awkward silences may follow periods of disagreement.

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2017: An Extraordinary Year in Review

Education Elements

This year has been a meaningful one for Education Elements; we have expanded our reach, developed new offerings, and, most importantly, learned so much from working alongside passionate educators and students. As we prepare to transition to 2018, it’s a great time to take a step back, reflect on the year, and express our sincere gratitude.

Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

Education Elements

I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!) on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsEpic Lip Sync Battle.

Personalized Learning and CBE: A Partnership and a Toolkit

Education Elements

When I’m on the road working with school districts across the country on everything from personalized learning to competency-based education (CBE), I often hear the same question: “Well how do other districts approach these issues?”. Thankfully, this year Education Elements partnered with Digital Promise , a national non-profit authorized by Congress, to document and share lessons learned on CBE from school districts across the country.

Keeping Personalized Learning (the Main Thing) the Main Thing

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsWhen I reflect on how far we have come since last summer I am impressed by how much hard work everyone has done to begin to make personalized learning a reality. Our district PL council engaged in serious debate over our vision of PL, our roll out plan (cohort vs. all-in), and our areas of priority and focus.

Jarvis Middle School Student for a Day

Education Elements

What follows is my account of March 23, 2017 as best as I can recall. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsIt’s been awhile since my last blog post as I try to document many of the great things going on at Central Valley on my twitter account, @CVThunderSuper. A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to live the life of a typical 8 th grade student during the school day.

Meditations on Thankfulness

Education Elements

Education Elements LeadersLately I have been meditating. It is only somewhat by choice – we are doing a company-wide meditation challenge and I am usually up for competitions, especially when they get me out of my comfort zone. Within the course of a few days of the challenge I discovered that just sitting and breathing doesn’t work for me – I have one of those brains that doesn’t turn off.

Personalized Learning Summit is Bigger and Better than Ever

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsFour years ago the team at EE had an idea.what if we brought together groups of personalized learning leaders in regional Blended Learning Leadership Academies (BLLA) to help spread innovation and best practices? We hosted these BLLAs for two years across the country, from Chicago to Washington DC and San Francisco.

Blended Learning Won’t Work Without a Strong Culture to Support It

Education Elements

Years ago, Anthony Kim, CEO of Education Elements, remarked to me that “Blended learning accelerates a good culture and makes it great, but it will also accelerate a bad culture and make it terrible.”. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

How We Hire Employees Who Embody 21st Century Skills

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we are proud that our team members model the 21st Century skills we encourage in the classrooms we serve. As we continue to see the positive impact of our work, school and district leaders commonly ask us one thing about our team - what does Education Elements look for in a hire? Our consultants think big, seek collaboration, and enjoy solving the unique challenges each of our districts face.

10 Personalized Learning Superhero Snapshots

Education Elements

At Education Elements we are incredibly fortunate to work with so many exceptional, passionate, and extraordinarily talented people, including teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders. These amazing people are going above and beyond to transform education, and are helping to write the future through the success of their students.

10 Books on Personalized Learning for School Leaders

Education Elements

Education Elements put together a few of our favorites on personalized and blended learning just for you. If you’re like us, as you wind down another hectic school year, you’re imagining yourself on a beach with a few good reads. But what books will make the cut? You’ll start the 2017-18 school year refreshed and full of great ideas to continue to move forward with personalized learning at your school and across your district. Personalized Learning Leaders

9 Steps to Buying the Right Digital Content for your District

Education Elements

Thankfully, Education Elements created a 9 step process, and compiled tips and tricks from district leaders across the country in our new curriculum white paper: “Phase Three: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Content and Tools.” Just like online dating or buying a new car , choosing a new digital content provider can often feel overwhelming , complicated, and like a shot in the dark.

Why This Brand-New Online Tool Will Help Districts Implement Initiatives More Effectively

Education Elements

A few months ago Education Elements launched an online tool called Touchpoint. Personalized Learning Education K-12 innovationTouchpoint was designed for the districts we support. As our design & implementation consultants work with districts to support their personalized learning (PL) initiatives, the tool helps organize the project members, workshop schedules, related resources and action items in one place.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. Through this work, we see powerful examples of innovation across education — from students creating their own virtual reality (VR) films, to researchers working with technology developers to improve edtech efficacy, to educators rethinking their own professional development with the use of micro-credentials.

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. Every district educational leader will always answer yes to certain questions.

Are Teachers Truly “Shifting Away from the Station Rotation Model?”

Education Elements

Late last year we published a blog post on new evolutions on top of Station Rotation blended learning models that we’d been hearing about from educators in our Blended Learning Universe (BLU). Our friends at Education Elements didn’t agree fully with the way we characterized these shifts. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators LeadersToday we are trying something new.

Are teachers truly ‘shifting away from the Station Rotation model?’

The Christensen Institute

Late last year, we published a blog post on new evolutions on top of the Station Rotation blended-learning models that we’d been hearing about from educators on our Blended Learning Universe (BLU). Our friends at Education Elements didn’t agree fully with the way we characterized these shifts. Q: We noted that there are educators moving away from the Station Rotation models. Q: As we wrote about, some educators may be tweaking or changing their classroom models.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

The Christensen Institute

As we consider how best to scale practices like theirs more broadly across the K–12 education sector, what can we learn from their examples about motivating teachers to embrace change? She then found her sense of efficacy to affect change with the support of consultants from Education Elements. Education Blog Blended learning digital learning Edtech education

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

When Education Elements partnered with Bella Romero for the 2015–16 school year, Jones and her cohort of elementary teachers launched blended learning with a uniform approach: a Station Rotation model using the online math curriculum Zearn, the online adaptive reading assessment i-Ready, and the online reading and writing curriculum tool Achieve3000. Education Elements exposed us to a lot of different ways, but I remember feeling, ‘Please just tell me what to do.’”.

4 Powerful Game Mechanics Driving Higher Achievement in Math

MIND Research Institute

Other studies on various education technology programs show varying amounts of impact. Why do we see such a range in the impact of education technology on student test scores? Access to technology is not enough to improve student learning.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Using the Instructional Model Design , the Ed Elements team brings deep expertise, examples from other districts, and design-thinking processes to help schools create their unique designs. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools.

An Open Letter to Appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos

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My work has exposed me to philanthropy, non-profit policy organizations, public schools, charter networks, and state departments of education where I have seen both success and failure when change was not implemented correctly. Betsy, this is why I am writing to you today, as you embark on your mission to “make American education great again” or, as I believe, prepared for the future. Increasing the pipeline of high quality individuals entering education.

Communications Tips for School Leaders

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There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Anthony Kim is the founder & CEO of Education Elements, a education consultancy. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. They both worked with Education Elements to make smath a reality. . Education Technology School Models Learning StrategiesBut with so much happening in our individual classrooms, we teachers often don’t take our own good advice. Last year at. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it.

‘Where We Went Wrong’ Atlanta Educators Reflect on ‘Failed’ Tech Implementation

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Five years into a massive transition to a personalized learning model, Educators at Fulton County School District in Georgia are scratching their heads wondering where they went wrong. Through a special-purpose local option sales tax , the district hoped to raise over $200 million to add 65,000 devices in schools by 2017. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Go with your gut and make your words pop Too often, vision-setting can fall prey to the language of “education strate-gese,” that stock of familiar words and phrases that get you comfortably out of a conversation and keep heads nodding (e.g. “we

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Go with your gut and make your words pop Too often, vision-setting can fall prey to the language of “education strate-gese,” that stock of familiar words and phrases that get you comfortably out of a conversation and keep heads nodding (e.g. “we

Learn how these model districts implemented personalized learning

eSchool News

Personalized learning, competency-based learning and dynamic organizational design have shown promising results in school districts across the nation, according to a new report from Education Elements.

Framework: Ed Elements on the ‘Core Four’ Foundations of Personalized Learning

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The consulting firm Education Elements designated four factors as the keys to successfully integrating a personalized learning model, based on its experience with 100 districts, 300 schools and 300,000 students. Those four elements—flexible content and tools, targeted instruction, data-driven decisions and student reflection and ownership—are the Core Four of Personalized Learning. Educators are encouraged to personalize the program based on their needs and strengths.