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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 realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use.

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. It recognizes that districts have different characteristics that need to be addressed in program designs; rural is different than small is different than urban, for instance. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools.

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. Here's where to start: Plan first, then worry about tactics. It is really easy to come up with a list of great tweets. Harder is developing clear goals for communications, determining key messages and audiences and developing a comprehensive approach to communications.

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. “To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.” Via Buzzfeed : “How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up The Charter School Coalition.” ” More on lawsuits against the Department of Education relating to Title IX in the courts section below.

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 And we're adjusting to that.

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

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It’s also the fact that when a school hires a singular position to own a large change, it sends a message that one person owns the responsibility to change practices across an entire staff. 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.