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Maria Morrisson Copolillo

Maria is a Design Principal at Education Elements. She partners with schools and districts to improve educational outcomes for all students through the creation of joyful, meaningful, and personalized learning experiences. Maria grew up in rural Oregon and is a proud public school graduate. Maria’s career in education began as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a public school in rural Yilan, Taiwan, where she taught English as a Second Language. After moving back to the US, Maria taught 6th grade math in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a Teach for America corps member and was a regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. Maria went on to teach 6th and 8th grade math at KIPP New Orleans Schools. Her team designed and piloted a 1-to-1 device model that was then rolled out to KIPP schools across the region. Prior to joining Education Elements, Maria worked at a non-profit supporting teachers and principals across Los Angeles to implement blended and personalized learning. Maria earned her B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and her MS.Ed in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. In her free time, Maria enjoys performing improv comedy, hiking, and crochet.

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Return Planning  |  School Leadership  |  Teachers

2 Exercises to Cope with Uncertainty and Clarify Your Vision for This School Year

“To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else's.” -Tara Westover, Educated How do you set a vision when the only certainty is uncertainty? How can you lead a staff team or a cohort of students without knowing where you are headed? The return to school this fall presents a chasm of uncertainty for teachers, students, families, and administrators. This can be perceived as a loss of control over our schools and classrooms - and contribute to anxiety and fear. While I don’t have any answers to the and can’t assure you that this year will go fine and dandy, I can provide two exercises to help you envision and mentally prepare for the upcoming school year.

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