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Personalized Learning and the Shift from a Pedagogy of Poverty to a Pedagogy of Plenty

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A few months ago I attended ICLE’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta and heard Dr. Tyrone Howard speak.

Robots Are Not Taking Over Teachers' Jobs

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There is a scene from the recent Star Trek movie reboot of a young alien named Spock at school. Spock and his classmates each stand in their own semi-circular pod, surrounded by screens while an automated “teacher” prompts them with questions.

Bridging the Gap in Rural Putnam County, Tennessee Through Personalized Learning

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40 Ways to Celebrate Teachers and Impact Teacher Retention

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Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you can’t stop thinking about what you need to accomplish the next day? Maybe you’re one of those people that has your best ideas for solving a problem while washing your hair?

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

A New Way to Think About Innovative School and District Leadership

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What’s the most meaningful thing a district can do to support innovation in its schools? When my colleagues and I at Education Elements work with schools and districts, our approach to innovation and change involves a framework of 25 key factors, all of which are important.

Don’t Look Now but the 21st Century is Behind You!

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Five years ago, our team partnered with the Economist Group to conduct a study where we asked business and industry leaders around the world, what were the most critical skills they wanted their employees to possess. You could say the results were more validating than surprising.

5 Common Coaching Misconceptions

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“Coaching" means something different to everyone. Many of us have had both positive and negative experiences with coaches in the past, which influences our definition of and expectations from coaching. Becoming an instructional coach is often seen as a natural next step for classroom educators.

The Greatest Challenge to School Innovation

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When school leaders want to bring innovative practices to classrooms, what's the greatest challenge that stands in their way? Lack of funding? Inadequate in-house expertise?

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3 Pillars to Build On When Opening a New School

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Planning and opening a new school is an exciting yet daunting task. As a leader of a brand new school, you are involved in every aspect of what the school day will look and feel like, and how it will be remembered.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

How Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity?

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Bringing Vision Into Focus: Georgia’s Journey to a Statewide Vision of Personalized Learning

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Personalized Learning. Two words that at the same time inspire hearts and minds, and leave our pragmatic minds wandering.

Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 3: Social Media

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One of the major issues that schools face is engaging with parents, community, and stakeholders.

Not So Typical Personalized Learning Predictions for 2019

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Every 4-5 years, I try to pick up a new activity and focus on it until I get to a level of intermediate competency. It started with scuba diving in 2003, snowboarding in 2008, swimming in 2013, and this year was surfing.

Takeaways for School Districts from the Latest Happenings at Harvard

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Last August, my Education Elements “familEE” of consultants and district partners supported me on a new journey to the Technology, Innovation, and Education masters program at Harvard University. Through my experience so far, I’d like to share the following lessons and takeaways for K-12 districts.

Leading Blended Learning from the Front Row

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Many people enjoy sitting in the front row while attending a movie they have not seen before. This is exactly how I would describe the experience of leading Blended Learning from the district-level.

Coaching For Innovation: 10 Competencies to Maximize the Impact of a Coach

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“I don’t think I would have made it through that year without her.” “His His support and confidence in me helped me grow and achieve in ways I never had before.” “She She pushed me to change the way I think about my work and my life, and I am a better person for it.”.

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3 Keys to Creating a More Agile School District

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In 2012, Google began studying how workers can transform productivity by examining the perfect team. They scrutinized everything from how often they socialize together, to how regularly they communicate, to their personal backgrounds.

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Your Network: Make it Bigger to Make Your School District Stronger

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For many, being an innovator conjures a vision of being the one out in front, alone, and it can certainly feel that way at times. All at once it seems like a big adventure and a scary proposition with uncertain rewards, but known risks.

A Day in the Life of a Student in a Personalized, Competency-Based School

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This blog post was originally published on the CompetencyWorks website, based on data from former Ed Elements team member Mike Wolking. Personalized Learning

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How Clear Communication and Defined Career Pathways Can Boost Teacher Retention

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Teachers love their jobs.

New Bedfellows: the Marriage of Personalized Learning and High-Quality Curriculum

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Unexpected pairings are a common feature throughout history and culture; Dharma and Greg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Frog and Toad, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Opposites attract when they have a shared purpose and their strengths complement one another.

Innovative School Leaders Part 3: Leading with Intention

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“The more senior you are, the more important listening becomes. Once a leader speaks, most people stop listening to one another and start positioning themselves. But when the leader doesn’t speak, then, just like a great choir, people have to listen and respond to one another.

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Our Approach to Strategic Planning in Education

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The year 2020 is shaping up to be a record year - Summer Olympics, a World Cup, a presidential election, and in the education world, the year many strategic plans expire. As districts gear up to write their next strategic plan, we have mixed feelings about the process.

A Journey to Understand and Implement Personalized Learning

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Several years ago, I was selected by the Lexington Institute for their initial leadership cohort, which focused on the implementation of personalized learning. It was a tremendous honor and a great learning experience for me. It is where I first met Anthony Kim and became aware of Education Elements.

What We Talked About in 2018 - The Top 10 Blog Posts from Education Elements

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Over the past year, we published 71 posts, and we’ll probably manage to sneak in a couple more before the year is done!

8 Elements For Improving Teacher Retention

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The average person will work more than 90,000 hours in a lifetime. For most of us, work fills the majority of our waking hours, and yet Gallup reports that seventy percent of U.S. employees are disengaged at work.

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7 Reasons You Can't Miss the Personalized Learning Summit 2019!

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We're counting down the days to this year's 5th annual Personalized Learning Summit! We're so excited to gather together again this year and share the experiences and innovation we've all been developing since the last PL Summit.

Innovative School Leaders Part 2: Involving Others To Create A Culture of Innovation

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Ideas come to me at very random times: in a dream, on a walk, or during my commute. I think “Wow, this is it.this is the idea that will land me a TED Talk!” Following these inspirations, I usually text my colleague and warn her: “This is going to be big!

Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

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As I meet with education leaders across the country, I am often asked questions about the best way to roll-out personalized learning within a district. I always struggle to answer this question since it entirely depends upon the unique needs and circumstances within each community.

What is the Missing Step in Your District’s Strategic Plan?

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All districts have strategic plans. For many districts, they are the most expensive document created in a given year. Getting to a final draft usually takes several months or more and requires the time of many staff and community members. There are committees, meetings, surveys, reviews, discussions and multiple rounds of revision. Personalized Learning School Districts School Leaders

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7 Things We're Grateful For at Education Elements

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I recently read Chip and Dan Heath’s new book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact and was struck by the impact that expressing gratitude and appreciation has on both the receiver of the message, as well as on the giver.

What Should We Expect from Each Other?

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As a former superintendent and now consultant for a small startup tech company, I have experienced both sides of hiring a third party vendor.

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Tips for Educators: The Innovator in You and the Future of District Organizations

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Everyone is an innovator. Within the last two decades, the barrier to entry to be innovative has dramatically decreased. Today, people can have multiple careers and innovations within a lifetime.

What We Believe In at Education Elements

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The end of one year and the beginning of a new year is frequently a time of reflection and introspection, writing lists, and making resolutions. Personalized Learning School Districts Leaders

How Teachers Are at the Core of Personalized Learning - Not Technology

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One of the major complaints that I have heard in my community as we have adopted personalized learning relates to the idea that personalized learning means that we are adopting technology and getting rid of teachers. There may be some places that are doing that, but my vision for personalized learning doesn’t include removing teachers – instead, it requires asking even more of teachers. Personalized Learning Classrooms