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Justin de Leon

Justin de Leon is a Partner and joined Education Elements in 2012. He began his career in education teaching English at Brownsville Middle School in Miami-Dade. In his first year, he shifted from a traditional model to a blended model as a way to personalize and saw management issues disappear and achievement increase. During several school years, Justin worked with Teach for America to provide mentoring, coaching and professional development to ELA corps members. After moving to the west coast, he gained experience in the charter world while teaching ELA at KIPP Heartwood Academy in San Jose, CA.

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Innovative Leadership  |  School Districts

How Can "Sprints" Help Schools and Districts?

Ah, the joy of grade-level meetings.  In my past life as a public school teacher, I attended them every Tuesday morning at 7:45 AM.  All the teachers on my team met to learn about new school and district mandates, plan field trips, and vent about challenging students and how to help them.  Even with the most well-intentioned teacher planning and running the meetings, rarely did they result in a list of clear actions with clear owners and clear deadlines.

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Curriculum Strategy & Adoption  |  Personalized Learning

Highlight, our personalized learning platform

  Personalized Learning is coming to life in innovative classrooms across the country and Highlight is here to help. Whether you need easy access to digital content, a more efficient way to analyze student data or a district wide perspective on content usage, Highlight can help.  

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Curriculum Strategy & Adoption

Less Interpreting Data & More Acting On It? Yes Please!

  If you are reading this blog post, more than likely you are one of those “Blended Learning” folks who uses a mix of “ed tech” to liven up your classroom and make learning more effective for your students.  In taking this approach, you have probably learned that there is no single application, website or program that will meet all the diverse needs and requirements of your school or classroom.  You have standards to meet, students to support, models to implement and the list goes on.  To help you meet these requirements you likely blend a set of digital tools and curricula with offline small group or independent learning.

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Classrooms  |  Personalized Learning  |  Teachers

#plearningframework (part 2 of our series)

When you think of “personalized,” you probably think “unique,” “special,” and “just for me.” For the most part, we personalize as much of our lives as possible. We stock our cabinets and fridges with food based on our dietary needs and what we enjoy eating. We pick apps for our phones based on what we need to do in our daily lives and what we enjoy doing (e.g., banking or launching cartoon birds with a slingshot).

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Classrooms  |  Personalized Learning  |  Teachers

#PLearning #MakeitHappen

Feeling confused about personalized learning? Not sure what it means, what it looks like, how to implement or support it? You’ve come to the right place. We hope to answer your questions through our #plearning infographic series. In part one #plearning#makeithappen (below) we’ll arm you with a definition for personalized learning, examples of what it might look like in the classroom and concrete strategies and resources to support the personalized classroom. In part two #plearningframework (coming soon!), we will offer a tangible framework to make personalized learning happen in your classroom. Parts three #makeplearninghappen and four #plearning#itsateameffort will offer insight into implementation and stakeholder support, respectively.

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Blended Learning  |  Curriculum Strategy & Adoption

Digital Content Selection in the Fragmented Market Place

The goal of the Race to the Top District competition is to foster personalizing learning environments in schools serving under-resourced students. As a result, for many students, the classroom next year will look very different from the way it does now. When schools across the country open their doors in Fall 2013, thousands of students find themselves in a new type of classroom-a Blended Classroom. They will have all sorts of questions: “What are all of these laptops doing here?” “How exactly will you ‘blend’ our learning?” “What do you mean our lessons will be on the computer?”

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