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

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

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.

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.

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?” Personalized Learning Competency-Based Education School Districts ClassroomsIf 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.

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

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Here at the Bring Your Own Thoughts blog, it’s always been our goal to create space for a wide range of perspectives and experiences so that as many educators as possible can find content which is useful and relatable to their own challenges and goals.

Education Elements’ Responsive Playbook: How We Built a Thriving, Learning Organization

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As an education consulting organization we work with hundreds of schools and districts to improve the way teaching, learning, work, and collaboration happen.

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.

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.

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. 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. Who They Work With Education Elements typically works with district and school leaders to redesign school models in cohorts or across entire districts.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Getting Personal About Competency-Based Education

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When I tell friends and family about the types of projects I’m working on with Education Elements, I throw around terms like “personalized learning” and “competency-based education” like they’re the titles of new Beyoncé albums. Competency-Based Education

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.

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.

This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

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It’s An Elephant!

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As a Senior Consultant at Education Elements I have the pleasure of visiting more than 100 schools and districts each year some are just starting to think about innovation and others have completely re-imagined the thing we call school.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

Virtual School Chat Series Part 4 - 25 things that will make or break the success of your virtual school

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Education Technology Education Elements EdTech Online Learning Online Schools virtual schoolIt’s your goal to make your virtual school program successful. My goal is to help you identify the key factors that can make or break the success of that program. Here in part four of my virtual school blog series , I offer 25 things to consider for your virtual program’s success, grouped under 5 main categories: Strategy, Design, Curriculum, Support and Operations.

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.

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

4 Things to Understand About Education Consulting

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As Education Elements continues to grow, I’ve been privy to the hiring process. I think it would be helpful to explain what exactly Design Principals do.after all, a job description can only tell so much.

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.

2017 Predictions for American Education

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Before we get too far into 2017 I like to reflect on what has been and make predictions for what the year ahead will mean for education. As a company, I can say that Education Elements will be changing the way we think about our partnerships and what these districts really value from our relationship. This is beyond driving a new initiative, and instead around changing the hearts and minds of educators to consider the needs of the student differently than we have in the past.

Elements of Change Podcast: A New Way to Hear From Education Leaders

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The Education Elements team logs thousands of hours on the road through snow storms and hurricanes, mechanical issues, and flight delays. We travel across the country (and around the world) to work with amazing school and district leaders. Because of our nomadic lifestyle, we get a lot of questions. How many rewards points do you have?” “How How do you stay fit?” And the dreaded, “Do you know what time zone you’re in?”. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

PL Summit 2018: 3 Days of Shaping the Future of Education

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It is hard to make something better each year and yet, somehow, as I reflect on the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2018 , it feels like we have done it. It’s five days since the Summit ended and I am still energized by the energy and passion of every one of the 750 people who attended. I am still excited about the ideas I heard and looking forward to talking more to the people I met. I am still amazed that we pulled it off.

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

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.