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Christina French and Krista Heidenreich - Guest Authors

Christina is a former teacher who loves teaching and learning. In her quest to add to my professional toolbox, she took a leap into the world of administration before she felt ready. She quickly realized this was the best decision she had yet to make, as it fueled her passion for change. After eight years as an elementary school building principal, she took another blind leap to accept the position of Director of Elementary Instruction and this took her right back to her pedagogy of teaching with the mindset to lead. Only now, she knows how to instill the change necessary to transform. When she is not digging into curriculum, she can be found spending time with her husband and four daughters on the lake or running endless miles in brightly colored tennis shoes. Feel free to reach out with any questions, christina.french@lakotaonline.com or join her Twitter PLN @LakotaElemLearn. Krista Heidenreich is the Director of Digital and Professional Learning in Lakota Local Schools in Liberty Township, Ohio. She has twenty one years experience in teaching and administration. Krista attended Miami University, Ohio for her undergrad as well as to receive a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Krista currently leads a team of nineteen Innovation Specialists who support classroom teachers with job-embedded, hands-on support for all things instruction and also works in collaboration with other directors in her department to lead personalized professional development for principals in Lakota. When Krista isn’t working, she loves camping with her family and visiting flea markets and antique shops! Feel free to reach with any questions, krista.heidenreich@lakotaonline.com

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Innovative Leadership

The Principals' Journey to Personalized Learning

We are Personalized - This was the number one goal in our new District Strategic Plan. It was not, “We are moving towards personalization”, or “We are learning about personalization”. It was simply WE ARE, and this opened the door to panic and excitement and an immediate call to duty. We quickly turned to the Ed Elements learning cycle for development and direction.  Looking at our implementation from a learning, practicing, reflecting and owning standpoint has not only allowed us to dig deep into the progress of our work, but has encouraged us to pivot when needed. And pivot we have! Our journey has blossomed into an undeniable excitement that we have not seen in our teachers and administrators in years. One Principal even stated, “providing a vision, and working alongside Principals to develop strategies and tactics to support implementation has made me feel like a better instructional leader than at any other time in my career.” 

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