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FEBRUARY 2018

 
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FEATURED NEWS

 

One Book That Can Transform Your School or District 

We are thrilled to be able to share a new book from Anthony Kim & Alexis Gonzales-Black: The NEW School Rules. The book, published by Corwin, focuses on the 6 ways in which organizations can be more agile, thriving, and responsive. “After years of working with districts, we noticed patterns in how our ways of working often hold us back, rather than move us forward,” noted Anthony. The book includes case studies, lessons, and experiments you can test out today. Visit The NEW School Rules website for additional information, resources, templates, and guides on how to get started now.

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The NEW School Rules is inspirational, easy to read, and realistic. It offers specific, doable steps to help you get started with implementation and make strides toward becoming part of a responsive organization. Ideal for an administrative team book study."
   – Kathy Rhodes, Principal, Hinton Elementary, Hinton IA


Heading to the AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville? Join us for a book signing at the AASA bookstore at 11:30 am on February 15th or RSVP here to attend the book launch party that evening!

 

ON OUR MINDS

 

Sarah Jones - PL Summit 2018 Keynote Speaker

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We are thrilled to announce our second PL Summit 2018 keynote - Sarah Jones. In a one-woman performance, Tony Award winner Sarah Jones and her multicultural ‘cast of characters’ will engage the audience in a lively conversation around the various issues facing educators today, and how we are shaping the future together.

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Early Bird Registration Ends February 15th

Summit logo - screen shot.png PL Summit 2018 tickets are going fast! Register today, and you can save $100 off the price of registration. Join us in shaping the future of learning together!

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DESIGN SPOTLIGHT

 

Rochester School Department, and Personalized Learning

The Rochester School Department in New Hampshire has been working to personalize learning for its students. But like many districts, it needed to build knowledge, build capacity, train teachers and leaders, and get everyone on the same page. Rochester hired Education Elements to support its transition to personalized learning and used Touchpoint to make it all easier.

Over the past year RSD has used Touchpoint to:

  • Schedule key project dates and use the roadmap view to provide a clear vision of where they're going to school leaders, teachers, and the school board
  • House all project resources for district and school teams
  • Access key resources during onsite visits and calls
  • Track action items before, during, and after key touchpoints

According to Mike Hopkins, the Superintendent of Rochester School Department in New Hampshire, “Touchpoint allows sharing of the process with all staff members involved in the process. It clarifies the planning, design and launching process. It allows the seamless integration of documents in meetings. I am not normally a sequential planner, but it makes me look like a concrete sequential planner to the Board. I used documents from Touchpoint as part of my evaluation. The Board was impressed with the process and results."

Haven’t heard of Touchpoint? It’s a cloud-based initiative management tool designed to keep teams on the same page, through visualizing the project roadmap, capturing concrete actions and centralizing all resources. To learn more about how your team can work with Education Elements and use Touchpoint to support initiatives send a note to info@edelements.com.  

 

RESOURCES

 
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Breaking the Mold: Understanding and Developing New School Models

DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER

 
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Playlist Building 101

DOWNLOAD THE infographic

 

FEATURED BLOGS

 

Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

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By Lori Barr 
It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. That decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn.

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Sleepless in Seattle: Personalizing Learning In The Pacific Northwest

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By Lindsey Oh and Keara Duggan

It is an exciting trend that educational agencies across the United States are launching regional initiatives to create deep, enduring models of personalized learning in an effort to adopt a new vision of public education that addresses our nation’s diversifying student body. One such agency is the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) near Seattle, Washington. PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state-approved charter and private schools in Washington. 

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EVENTS WE'RE ATTENDING

 

February 6-9, 2018 
Council of Great Schools, Chief Human Resource Officers & Chief Information Officers Joint Meeting
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

February 14-18, 2018
AASA NCE 2018
Nashville, TN

Want to meet up at an event? Email ben@edelements.com 

 

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