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Cristina Strunk

Cristina Strunk is a Design Principal at Education Elements. She is committed to creating meaningful learning experiences for students and teachers. Cristina has spent the last ten years teaching, coaching, and working deeply with curriculum. She began her career in New Orleans, serving as a founding staff member at Harriet Tubman Charter School. During her time there, Cristina was a middle school interventionist, reading teacher, the middle school data leader, and also worked to revise the ELA curriculum to better meet the diverse needs of all students. After her time in New Orleans, Cristina taught at DC Preparatory Academy in Washington, D.C. and supported teachers in internalizing shifts in the curriculum and trying out innovative practices. She has worked to revise and write curriculum for the Strategic Education Research Partnership in Washington, D.C., in addition to working as a literacy coach with MIT’s Learning Lab and in the Cambridge Public Schools, and is a national curriculum reviewer for Edeports. She is passionate and experienced in curriculum adoption plans, instructional coaching, and personalized learning. Cristina received her B.A. from Tulane University, and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Literacy Coaching. She is a native New Mexican, and now lives in the DC area.

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Curriculum Strategy & Adoption  |  Organizational Leadership & Change Management  |  Strategic Planning

Solving Curricular Challenges: Driving Change through a Clear Vision

In our work with districts across the country, we frequently hear questions about instructional materials–from how to select high quality programs that match their needs, to building processes that are inclusive of key stakeholders, to developing sustainable processes for regularly reviewing and refining curriculum, just to name a few. Oftentimes, we see teams wanting to jump directly into reviewing materials or selecting a new program. But where we have seen the most success is in beginning with a clear instructional vision and using that to drive future work with curriculum or academics.

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Teams & Culture

Tips and Tricks: Three Things to Consider During Your Transition to Virtual Work

The past few weeks have been full of new routines for all of us as we try to plan for and navigate through uncharted territory. The shift to full-time virtual work has been yet another challenge to face on top of everything else. Even for our team at Education Elements, where virtual work has always been a consistent part of our work culture, the transition has necessitated revisiting and reimagining best practices as we support our team and others. While you might have felt you were thrown in the deep end for the past couple of weeks, here are three small things you can adjust to make your new routines and habits work for you.

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