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

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A few months ago Education Elements launched an online tool called Touchpoint. 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. Personalized Learning Education K-12 innovationTouchpoint was designed for the districts we support.

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. 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. The school wanted to move into personalized learning, and was looking for someone to lead the charge.

Belief—the first key to blended learning success

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When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative. She thought blended learning made sense for math classes, but that ELA was more centered around reading together, having class discussions, and thinking in groups—activities that she believed wouldn’t work as well in smaller groups. But with Cooney’s support, she started experimenting with blended learning and iterating on her classroom model.

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

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Prior to participating in a blended-learning pilot, Angela Jones, a teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, had already started putting a great deal of effort into personalizing learning for her students, despite limited access to learning software and devices at the time. Education Elements exposed us to a lot of different ways, but I remember feeling, ‘Please just tell me what to do.’”.

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. Having worked with almost 200 districts across two organizations, we have learned that communications is one of the areas districts have the least experience with, but which can have the biggest impact. Think about how to use Twitter, surveys, and town-hall style meetings for your communications.

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. This allows us to meet as a whole group for a 20-30 minute math and science mini-lesson at the beginning of the period, before dividing the students into small groups for the rest of class. Throughout the year, we set aside weekly time to meet and develop lessons and hands-on activities. Once the details were sorted, it was time to start learning.