Fortunately, in New Jersey, the days where teachers and school administrators could raise a hand or paddle in an attempt to correct a student’s behavior are long gone. During the transition away from corporal punishment in our classrooms, I imagine there must have been numerous heated conversations and a belief among some that if we cannot inflict pain, or at least instill an intense fear, students will not behave, follow instruction, or learn.
"Preaching to the choir (or the converted - for secular appeal)!” This phrase sums up the amazing experience of sharing our district’s story amongst a room full of skillful professionals working on the same mission in education. It was exhilarating to learn as much as we were able to share, if not more, at Education Elements' Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco.
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Over the past few months Education Elements has had the pleasure of partnering with the Lexington Institute to provide support to its first class of Lexington Education Leadership Award fellows. As part of this support, we have been working with the ten district leaders selected to support the development of their personalized learning vision and helping them to take the next steps towards implementation. Lexington Institute just announced applications are open for a second round of fellows and we can't wait to see who gets selected as one of ten for this next round.