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MAY 2018

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The Personalized Learning Summit Starts Tomorrow!

We are incredibly excited for the 4th annual Personalized Learning Summit kicking off tomorrow in San Francisco. 

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Hundreds of school and district administrators and educators are gathering for three days full of learning and inspiration from George Couros, Sarah Jones, and each other.

You can follow along with the PL Summit on Twitter, or sign up to get news about the Personalized Learning Summit 2019.




A New Podcast From Education Elements

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We are excited to announce the launch of a new podcast series, Elements of Change: Stories from education leaders for education leaders about making transformational change in schools and districts.

In our inaugural episode, we sit down with our own Anthony Kim, founder and CEO of Education Elements, to discuss his new book with co-author Alexis Gonzalez-Black: The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Vital and Responsive Schools.

The truth is we are fortunate to work with thousands of leaders in hundreds of districts who are implementing innovative solutions to age-old education challenges. There is a ton of power in our Education Elements community, and we wanted a way to broadly share insights and learnings.

Check out Episode 1: The Better Teams Element, and subscribe to the podcast on the service of your choice to get new episodes as soon as they're released!




Loudoun’s Wave Three Rollout - High School!

Loudoun County Public Schools and Education Elements have worked together over the past two years to transform the educational experience for students across the district. This work began with elementary schools and middle schools. The most recent wave of 15 PL schools in Loudoun includes a mix of elementary, middle and high schools. In anticipation of this secondary focus, Loudoun’s district team worked hard to better connect the unique needs of their high schools with the opportunities presented by personalized learning.

In February, the district leaders met to begin discussing strategies and structures to support PL implementation in high school. This discussion led to important shifts in the Foundations Workshop our team ran earlier this month. The importance of personalized learning was reframed to better reflect the context of high school and priorities of its students and families. Instead of simulating a station rotation, participants in the Foundations Workshop designed an individualized playlist to build their knowledge of PL.

Education Elements is working alongside the district team including content supervisors, instructional facilitators, directors, specialists and coordinators to tailor our support and design an approach that meets the varying needs of elementary, middle and high. The teams at Loudoun and Education Elements are continuing to reflect on the previous structures and support mechanisms schools have used to adopt PL. The upcoming Design Workshop in June will be a new iteration, meant to address the unique needs and strengths that high schools bring to the table. This is the first time Loudoun has rolled out personalized learning to their high schools, and these first four schools will serve as models for the twelve high schools to come.



Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders: Terminology, Tools and Tips for Success

Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders

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7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance Infographic

7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance

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

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By Andrea Goetchius
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 do you stay fit?” And the dreaded, “Do you know what time zone you’re in?”

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Questions to Ask if You're Worried About Student Data

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By Simma Reingold
Last week I heard a district leader say, “In God We Trust - everyone else, bring data.” I chuckled - because we talk out of both sides of our mouth when it comes to data.  In the same breath we demand “data driven instruction” instruction in our classrooms but it’s also clear that we don’t understand (and many times don’t trust) the technology that captures this very data needed to drive instruction.

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