How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

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Education Elements provides support for schools and districts as they transform their school models to personalize learning. The company got its start in late 2010, spurred by founder Anthony Kim’s work with KIPP Empower , an elementary charter school in Los Angeles. Kim had previously been an Executive Vice President at Edison Learning, a for-profit education management organization. He founded Education Elements to meet that need.

Why we love our PD tools

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Northwood Elementary School, Napa, Calif. Originally we partnered with Education Elements to provide on-site personalized learning PD and consulting. It also helped us change the way we organize schedules so that leaders and educators alike have more opportunities to collaborate.

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

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When Education Elements partnered with Bella Romero for the 2015–16 school year, Jones and her cohort of elementary teachers launched blended learning with a uniform approach: a Station Rotation model using the online math curriculum Zearn, the online adaptive reading assessment i-Ready, and the online reading and writing curriculum tool Achieve3000. Education Elements exposed us to a lot of different ways, but I remember feeling, ‘Please just tell me what to do.’”.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

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And while whole-class instruction may meet the needs of some students, more often than not, it leaves out many more students than it helps. Here are five digital resources we use to meet students where they are and take them where they need to go.

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. Think about how to use Twitter, surveys, and town-hall style meetings for your communications. At a minimum you want to consider school leaders, teachers, students and parents but there may be more audiences to think about or more ways to split them up (for example you might want different messages for your secondary vs elementary teachers).

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. "This is what education is going to look like.

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

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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. I knew the process of change should involve observing teachers, meeting with instructional coaches and communicating with administrators about what our staff needed and how they were growing. I looked at my schedule for the day—zero meetings. I decided to have one-one-one meetings with the decision-makers at my school.

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. 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.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.