Education Elements Gets Results

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As Education Elements moves into its sixth year supporting schools and districts, its latest impact report builds the case that personalizing learning for students isn’t just a one-hit wonder but a sound strategy for boosting outcomes for all students. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators Leaders

Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Spectacular!

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We spend a lot of time on our blog talking about personalized learning and how we work with districts and schools to create new, student-centered learning environments.

10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blog Posts of 2017 from Education Elements

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We are continually inspired and encouraged by the leadership and innovation we see from administrators and educators everywhere, and make an ongoing effort to honor and reflect this on the B.Y.O.T. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Elements CBEWhen we started the Bring Your Own Thoughts blog our goal was simple: write good stuff to help good people do good things for kids. And so far, it's been working.

Personalized Learning Requires Flexibility: An Update to Education Elements’ Core 4

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When I was in high school I had a fantastic U.S. history teacher who demanded that we each complete an independent research paper on the 1960’s at the end of the year.

Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

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I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!) on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsEpic Lip Sync Battle.

More than One Metric Matters in EdTech

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Making a difference for students is why I first became an educator, then a school leader, and why I work in an edtech start-up. Personalized Learning Education Education Elements Personalized Classroom #plearning #plearningframework EdTech

PL Summit: Making it Safe to Try

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Last week, 225 personalized learning leaders descended on Silicon Valley for the Education Elements PL Summit, which included visits to schools and businesses, and dynamic discussions about personalized learning at the San Jose TECH museum.

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

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Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. It directs educators and schools leaders to focus not on technology, but on the creation of student learning experiences that engage students and honor their individual needs and interests. The book also does a nice job articulating the point that technology has its limitations and that, contrary to the worries of some educators, technology is not a replacement of teachers.

Amazing Teacher Created Lesson Plans for Elements 4D

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Cover of the elementary lesson plans for Elements 4D Since its launch on Kickstarter in 2013, Elements 4D has generated a new level of excitement in chemistry classrooms across the country. Elements 4D is like a portable lab.

Personalized Learning Summit is Bigger and Better than Ever

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Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsFour years ago the team at EE had an idea.what if we brought together groups of personalized learning leaders in regional Blended Learning Leadership Academies (BLLA) to help spread innovation and best practices? We hosted these BLLAs for two years across the country, from Chicago to Washington DC and San Francisco.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

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Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed. As Cox explained: It’s my opinion as a special educator that not all students are the same.

How to Create a Vision

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As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsVision-setting can be a painful process. Hours may be spent on one twisting sentence. Long, awkward silences may follow periods of disagreement.

This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

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My #Eddies14 Nominations

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Best Individual Blog Kleinspiration - Erin Klein : Erin is one of the brightest and most creative educators I know. Erin''s excitement and passion for education is shown in the writing and presentations. Elements 4D is one of those rare apps.

Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

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Finding Reasons To Be Thankful

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Education Elements Education Elements TeamNormally, this is the time of year when people write lists about what makes them thankful. In the wake of the election I have seen less of those and more lists about what is making people feel scared. And that makes sense -- I’m scared too. I am pretty sure for many of us 2016 will go down as a pretty bad year, full of numerous high-profile shootings, deaths of some pretty awesome people , and a divisive election.

Choose your partners wisely. And treat them well!

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This is also the time of year when we at Education Elements focus on our blooming partner catalog - on building relationships with new partners, and cultivating and growing our relationships with old ones. It's spring and flowers aren't the only things blooming.

E = MC2: A 2017 Personalized Learning Summit Workshop

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When Keith Wilson and Monte Westfall, successful administrators of the Lawrence Virtual School, and I began working on our workshop about equity for Education Elements’ Personalized Learning Summit (May 10-12, 2017), we chose this very equation as the title but added a new twist. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

Keeping Personalized Learning (the Main Thing) the Main Thing

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Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsWhen I reflect on how far we have come since last summer I am impressed by how much hard work everyone has done to begin to make personalized learning a reality. Our district PL council engaged in serious debate over our vision of PL, our roll out plan (cohort vs. all-in), and our areas of priority and focus.

A Year of Personalized Learning: 3 Things You Need to Know

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Personalized Learning Education Elements ImpactLast week, we released our third annual Impact Report, “The Positive Power of Personalized Learning.” In the report, we share the incredible work and positive outcomes of districts we work with across the nation, from those that are just launching personalized learning to those that are embarking on their fourth year of implementation.

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

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Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsHave you ever stopped and looked around your school, your classroom, and asked yourself: “How did this all happen? Where did it all begin? How did we get to this point? When did the transformation occur?”. In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School.

Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Successful!

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We spend a lot of time on our blog talking about personalized learning and how we work with districts and schools to create new, student-centered learning environments.

Not just a visitor: The life of John Chubb

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Disrupting Class had come out a few months earlier, and Anthony Kim, then at Edison, invited me to speak to a gathering of educators. As a novice in the education world, I was nervous to meet this luminary. Education Blog digital learning Disrupting Class EdisonLearning education Education Elements education reform independent schools John Chubb Liberating Learning NAIS Terry Moe

Jarvis Middle School Student for a Day

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Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsIt’s been awhile since my last blog post as I try to document many of the great things going on at Central Valley on my twitter account, @CVThunderSuper. A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to live the life of a typical 8 th grade student during the school day.

How We Hire Employees Who Embody 21st Century Skills

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At Education Elements, we are proud that our team members model the 21st Century skills we encourage in the classrooms we serve. As we continue to see the positive impact of our work, school and district leaders commonly ask us one thing about our team - what does Education Elements look for in a hire? Our consultants think big, seek collaboration, and enjoy solving the unique challenges each of our districts face.

Personalized Learning and CBE: A Partnership and a Toolkit

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When I’m on the road working with school districts across the country on everything from personalized learning to competency-based education (CBE), I often hear the same question: “Well how do other districts approach these issues?”. Thankfully, this year Education Elements partnered with Digital Promise , a national non-profit authorized by Congress, to document and share lessons learned on CBE from school districts across the country.

Put on Your Cowboy Boots, You’re Going on a Personalized Learning Field Trip

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After an inspirational tour of personalized learning hotspots in Music City, your friends at Education Elements have put together the ultimate PL day-trip. Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTech

10 Personalized Learning Superhero Snapshots

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At Education Elements we are incredibly fortunate to work with so many exceptional, passionate, and extraordinarily talented people, including teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders. These amazing people are going above and beyond to transform education, and are helping to write the future through the success of their students.

10 Books on Personalized Learning for School Leaders

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Education Elements put together a few of our favorites on personalized and blended learning just for you. If you’re like us, as you wind down another hectic school year, you’re imagining yourself on a beach with a few good reads. But what books will make the cut? You’ll start the 2017-18 school year refreshed and full of great ideas to continue to move forward with personalized learning at your school and across your district. Personalized Learning Leaders

6 risks to avoid when implementing personalized learning: Part 1

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The Education Elements team has the great privilege of working with districts across the country to plan, design, and implement personalized learning.

7 Step Diet Plan and Personalized Learning

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Does this sound familiar for education? Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTechI lost 50 lbs in one year following this diet plan, utilizing this personalized learning framework I developed.

Blended Learning Won’t Work Without a Strong Culture to Support It

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Years ago, Anthony Kim, CEO of Education Elements, remarked to me that “Blended learning accelerates a good culture and makes it great, but it will also accelerate a bad culture and make it terrible.”. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

Meditations on Thankfulness

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Education Elements LeadersLately I have been meditating. It is only somewhat by choice – we are doing a company-wide meditation challenge and I am usually up for competitions, especially when they get me out of my comfort zone. Within the course of a few days of the challenge I discovered that just sitting and breathing doesn’t work for me – I have one of those brains that doesn’t turn off.

Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

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That decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom.

It's Not About the Tech: PL and CRE

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The PL work in SCSD is anchored in Education Elements’ Core 4: Integrated Digital Content, Data-Driven Decisions, Targeted Instruction, and Student Ownership & Reflection. Personalized Learning Education Educators LeadersThe Syracuse City School District is in the second year of our Personalized Learning (PL) initiative.

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. Personalized Learning Education K-12 innovationTouchpoint was designed for the districts we support. 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.

Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

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At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and reflection. We believe teachers should be designers of their classrooms. We want school teams to build connections at our workshops. We help districts visualize their personalized learning journey.

Designing Your Own Home of Learning

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My Education Elements teammates and I recently compared our work with school districts to building a house. We traditionally start our work by building a strong foundation around what personalized learning is and what it can look like for a school district. Similar to finding the perfect home for a family, our first step is clearly defining the vision of personalized learning in the school district. Then, we determine what structures and support need to happen.

9 Steps to Buying the Right Digital Content for your District

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Thankfully, Education Elements created a 9 step process, and compiled tips and tricks from district leaders across the country in our new curriculum white paper: “Phase Three: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Content and Tools.” Just like online dating or buying a new car , choosing a new digital content provider can often feel overwhelming , complicated, and like a shot in the dark.

[PL Summit Series] Strengthen Your Core Four: Videos and Exercises from Middletown, NY

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For anyone who attended the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit this May, you had a chance to attend a workshop focusing on the Core Four. While districts across the country are using the Core Four of personalized learning to focus instructional habits as they make the shift to personalized learning, some of them are doing it with a bit more fidelity and spirit than others.