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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.

How Clear Communication and Defined Career Pathways Can Boost Teacher Retention

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Teachers love their jobs.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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The Future of District Organizations: How Educators Can Be Innovators

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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.

Five Stories of Transformation from Our Fifth Annual Report

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This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report.

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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. If you are anything like the educators and leaders in the schools and districts we at iTeach support, you are already a ‘believer’ in the promise of a learning experience that is personalized.

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 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

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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It’s 2018 – Do You Know Where Your Personalized Learners Are?

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Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about.

Learnings from Implementing Personalized Learning in Denver Public Schools

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In the three-plus years since introducing Personalized Learning (PL) in individual schools within a large public school system, the Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) innovation lab, has been studying the conditions that help and hinder the implementation of PL at scale. Personalized Learning

How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

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As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the classroom and the days and weeks leading up to a new school year. The feeling of getting back in my classroom after recharging during summer break, the excitement of unpacking book boxes, decorating the walls, and way too many trips to Target for those must-have new supplies. The moment that made it feel most real was getting my class list, picturing the faces that would soon fill the empty desks.

A Case for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Classrooms

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If recent Halloweens have taught us anything aside from the absurd amount of money spent on candy for one day, it's that those involved in child rearing must address cultural sensitivity. The young white boy who wanted to dress as a Polynesian hero named Maui or the young white girl who wanted to dress as Princess Jasmine are caught in the middle of a debate on what is acceptable.

How Might Schools Quantify “Personalized Learning”?

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Measuring your personalized learning journey is now easier than ever with the new Kiddom + Education Elements partnership. Personalized learning is a buzz phrase we hear often in education. This pedagogical style is inspirational, and may serve students well, but it often lacks direction.

The 10 Resources You Need to Head Back to School in 2018

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September is in full swing, and it’s the time of year that we start heading back into the classroom - some of us are already in school, and some of us are still counting down our last few precious days of summer vacation.

Innovative Leaders Part 1: How to Become an Innovative School Leader

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“Please see me in my office when you get a break.” A message that is not for the faint of heart. It is also a message I received often from my principal when I was teaching. You read that correctly, I was regularly asked to visit the principal’s office. Given my fear of being in trouble, this is not a message I would typically welcome from my boss but she was not a typical lady!

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Five Stories of Transformation from Our Fifth Annual Report

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This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report.

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Focus on School, District and Regional Transformation in Our Fifth Annual Report

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This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report.

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Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 2: Storytelling

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Stories are all around us. Researchers found that personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our conversation. Some stories are as small as 6 words or 280 characters, and others are the length of a book or a movie. Your best stories are told in multiple lengths and forms. School Districts

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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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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.

Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning

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In Harrisburg we have been implementing personalized learning for a little over 5 years. In our 5 years of implementation we have learned a ton and have started to create a solid roll out plan: Personalized Learning Classrooms

6 Summer Reads to Make You a More Responsive Leader

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We published The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive School s this winter to help leaders make a shift toward being more effective, responsive leaders. Since the book’s release in February we have had dozens of requests for webinars and presentations about The NEW School Rules. Demand has been so great that we’ve developed a leadership course based on the rules. This summer we kick off leadership courses across five districts and four states.

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Seven Things Education Elements Does to Support School Districts

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One of the most common questions I answer about Education Elements is, “So what do you guys do?” If we have an elevator ride that goes to, say, the top of the world’s tallest building, I can give a fairly satisfying and comprehensive answer.

Four Actions to Make Your First Year As a Superintendent Count

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Let’s just be clear: there is a very short honeymoon period for a new superintendent. From day one, people have expectations of you as the new superintendent. They want you to be exactly the same or completely different than your predecessor.

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Four Actions to Make Your First Year As a Superintendent Count

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Let’s just be clear: there is a very short honeymoon period for a new superintendent. From day one, people have expectations of you as the new superintendent. They want you to be exactly the same or completely different than your predecessor.

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Transforming the System to Fit the Student

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Transformational leadership is about using your actions to elevate others and put them on their path to greatness. Terina Allen. The superintendent holds a lonely, yet transcendent position in public education. The position tends to isolate the leader because of the growing divisions in our society.

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We Call Them Leaders Because They Go First

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If Blockbuster was still around today, and you had to take out your life savings and invest in that company or Netflix, which one would you choose? The answer is obvious. But what about five years ago? Ten years ago?

Evergreen Leadership

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Through my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional leaders in the private sector, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and in the public sector, including Ted Mitchell, Former CEO of Newschools Venture Fund.

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Transforming the System to Fit the Student

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Transformational leadership is about using your actions to elevate others and put them on their path to greatness. Terina Allen. The superintendent holds a lonely, yet transcendent position in public education. The position tends to isolate the leader because of the growing divisions in our society.

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We Call Them Leaders Because They Go First

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If Blockbuster was still around today, and you had to take out your life savings and invest in that company or Netflix, which one would you choose? The answer is obvious. But what about five years ago? Ten years ago?

Evergreen Leadership

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Through my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional leaders in the private sector, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and in the public sector, including Ted Mitchell, Former CEO of Newschools Venture Fund.

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Is Marketing Your School or District a Thing? Part 1: Branding

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It is important for schools and districts to remember that in our ever-evolving world, they now need to compete for students, administrative and teaching talents, and community perception. Like other competitive organizations, schools need to set themselves apart from other schools in the country. School Districts

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What Exactly Is Curriculum?

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I recall one distinct shocking moment as a new teacher. It was when a mentor teacher was onboarding me. She walked me to my classroom, opened a cabinet door rather proudly, showed me two shelves filled with textbooks and supplementary materials (worksheets, assessment guides, etc.) and said, “This is your 6th grade math curriculum.”. Curriculum Classrooms

Shaping the Future in Rochester, New Hampshire

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I believe that personalized learning is imperative ; it is essential that school systems focus on learning for every student. The shift to personalized learning represents a deep change for schools and their leaders. What can a leader do to capitalize on this shift? As a middle school principal who recently led a personalized learning implementation, I know that it requires strong collaborative leadership in your district.

Stop! Collaborate and Listen. to Enhance Personalized Learning

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The world of work is changing. As we integrate into a global community, we’re tasked to work together to solve complex problems. Our solutions can be innovative and represent multiple perspectives if we know how to maximize group work. With so many benefits to a collaborative environment, why is it so challenging?

How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

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As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the classroom and the days and weeks leading up to a new school year.

The New “PD”: How Shifting from Professional to Personalized Development Will Improve Your Workshops

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August is an important month for school leaders; it is the last opportunity to reflect, recharge, and realign on your personal and shared goals before the school year officially kicks off. While there is no debate that we all want better student outcomes, many discussions occur during this period regarding the best methods to employ.