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

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As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We’ve also come up with set routines that can carry over from week to week, for example daily computer-based math-centered activities. We use our co-teaching situation as an example for our students to see how people must work together in a respectful manner.

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

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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. Framework: Ed Elements Charts a Clear Path. There’s more from Ed Elements.

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. That's why we've designed a communications guide for school leaders and districts, with tips, examples and resources. There are likely examples from within your district you can use even at the beginning, and you can grow that list of resources as blended learning spreads.

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

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Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. In less than two years, between 2015 and 2017, the district paid more than $4.5

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

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After five years of teaching, most recently as a technology teacher at an elementary school, I was recruited for a role outside of the classroom. In 2017, I began a new position as the director of personalized learning at a public charter school serving students in grades 7-12 in Phoenix. Some administrators refused to meet with me at the start of the year to discuss the vision, failing to make the connection between my role and theirs even when prompted and provided with examples.