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Evan Meerscheidt

Evan Meerscheidt is a Design Associate on the Design and Implementation team. While studying English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Evan found his love for education through working with immigrants to improve their English and pass the U.S. citizenship test and serving as a teaching assistant. Evan taught 6th grade ELA and coached volleyball in Gallup, New Mexico. Teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic forced him to adapt his teaching practices and emphasize students’ mental health and their Social Emotional Learning. Afterwards, he worked with schools and districts on the Rosebud Reservation to address issues caused by the digital divide. Through these experiences, he learned the importance of meeting students where they are and differentiating to their needs. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends.

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District Leadership  |  Personalized Learning  |  School Districts  |  School Leadership  |  Teachers  |  Teams & Culture

Opening Doors: Collaboration Brings Personalized Learning to Life

Implementing personalized learning across an entire school district is an ambitious undertaking. It requires a dedicated investment of time and resources, but the potential benefits for student learning are undeniable. One of the biggest challenges is prioritizing thoughtful professional development for educators amid many competing priorities in districts. Our team faced this challenge while partnering with the Manchester Shortsville Central School District in New York. Manchester is a rural district located near Rochester, serving approximately 700 students across PK-12th grade. We had been working with a dedicated group of teachers for over a year, and their team was eager to expand the program to a wider range of educators. In closing feedback, one teacher wrote, “I found the time we had to bounce ideas off each other to be beneficial. Learning about what my colleagues are doing in the classrooms was eye opening. I am always looking to learn from them.” As a result, the Red Jacket team engaged our Education Elements (EE) team to work with the whole middle and high school teams. Unfortunately, finding dates that worked for everyone proved difficult.

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