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June 2018

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Welcome to the third edition of the Personalized Learning in New York newsletter!

This quarterly newsletter connects New York state, district, and school leaders in personalized learning, as well as those interested in starting the work.

Want to be featured? Want to speak with a district doing amazing work? Contact Angela Chubb at


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Welcome Newburgh

We’re excited to welcome the Newburgh Enlarged City School District to our community! Over the next school year, Newburgh will redesign their middle school instructional approach and focus on leadership development.




Marion CSD Pursues Teacher Prep Partnership

Marion logo June NY NL 200Shoutout to Marion CSD for taking important steps to help mold the future educators of our students. Marion is working with one of the region's largest local teacher preparation colleges to establish a partnership. They hope to have speech-language therapists and teacher education students on-site to experience and learn about the instructional philosophies and practices of personalized learning. Leadership staff from the college recently engaged in a series of learning walks through Marion classrooms, and left excited about the possibilities for their students in learning more about these innovative teaching practices.
Contact Superintendent Don Bavis (Don Bavis ( to learn more.


Geneva CSD Brings PL To UPK/Headstart

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Waterloo CSD Making PBL Personal

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 6.17.29 PM-177492-editedDid you know chickens could hatch without a shell? High school students in Waterloo CSD do! Students in Lisa Parish’s science class were inspired by a video on YouTube showing students in China hatching chickens without an egg shell. The Waterloo students worked with both local and national companies and scientists through social media, Skype conversations, and visits to get support for their experiment. Lisa presented “Making PBL Personal” at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Regional Personalized Learning Conference. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaBridie!


Central Valley CSD - Parent Learning Series

Central Valley Thunder newsletterIt’s a familiar problem - the schools of today are changing, leaving parents unsure how to support their children. Educators at Jarvis Middle School in Central Valley CSD have created a learning series for parents. Contact Jeremy Rich to learn more!

Cross-District Collaboration in Wayne-Finger Lakes Region

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What began as an idea to encourage cross-collaboration turned into a year-long collaborative learning experience for 4 districts in the WFL region. Over 200 staff gathered for 9 sessions over the course of the year. Congratulations to Dundee CSD, Marion CSD, Penn Yan CSD, and Geneva CSD.




Featured Stories - WFL Conference-910042-edited-739582-editedCongratulations Wayne-Finger Lakes region on your first regional conference! Over 260 participants from 41 districts and 2 local colleges attended 42 sessions and 2 district visits during this two-day conference. The conference also featured 5 student speakers from Marion, Palmyra-Macedon, Seneca Falls, Dundee, and Penn Yan, and keynotes from AJ Juliani and Education Elements Board Member Michael Horn. The Conference was planned by a committee of volunteers from the BOCES and 8 of the component districts - a true regional effort! Join the learning by checking out #MissionEmpowerWFL!

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Watch our spotlight video of the Wayne Finger-Lakes region to learn more about how the 25 districts across have collaborated to personalize learning for students and enrich professional development for teachers.



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Left photo: Marion Elementary students welcome guest visitors from the Wayne-Finger Lakes PL Conference!  Marion CSD was one of two host schools to open up classrooms so that others could directly observe personalized learning practices.

Right photo: Marion High School student Reese Holahan uses his Will Rogers experience to illustrate student empowerment in Marion. Photo credit Twitter: @EllenMLloyd and @NikkiMillerMCS



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The Education Elements team will be in New York supporting our current clients throughout the summer. Contact Angela Chubb,, if you’d like us to stop by for a visit to learn more about the amazing work happening in New York!


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