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Addressing Learning Loss Learning Center Thumbnail
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Guide, White Paper A Systems-Level Approach to Addressing Schooling Loss

A phenomenon of the pandemic, schooling loss is a complex, new, and unknown reality...

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Guide Include: Equitable Inclusion Guide

This guide focuses on the second component of our methodology: Include. We present...

Connect Equitable Engagement Guide
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Guide Connect: Equitable Engagement Guide

Understanding how to connect with the challenges your community and stakeholders are...

12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Should Say Resource LP Cover
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Guide 12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Should Say to Students as They Return to School

Teachers invested in centering equity in their classrooms should update or replace...

Distance Learning Classroom Walkthrough Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Distance Learning Classroom Walkthrough Guide

Use this list of key identifiers for areas of both success and improvement in your...

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Guide Distance Learning Guide for School Principals: A Checklist Series

In this resource, principals and school leaders will find focus area-specific...

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION + PERSONALIZED LEARNING
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Guide Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion + Personalized Learning

Learn how to create a successful personalized learning environment, guided by...

Capture the Opportunity
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White Paper Capture the Opportunity: Steps to Redesign School-Level Systems for Equity

As districts design and implement plans for the next school year, we must redesign...

Boldly Reimagining What is Possible Planning Your Return to School Resource LP Cover
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White Paper Boldly Reimagining What is Possible: Planning Your Return to School

Download the second part in a series focused on planning your return to...

Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-21 Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-21

Learn about how we approach planning for a return through a responsive lens that...

Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan
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White Paper Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Learn how to use responsive practices to plan your district's return, with a...

The First 20 Days of Virtual Learning Resource LP Cover
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Guide The First 20 Days of Virtual Learning

A tool for all teachers PreK-12, from those who are new to implementing virtual...

Best Practices for Digital Learning for Students Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Best Practices for Digital Learning for Students

Share tips with students on navigating virtual learning environments.

Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan
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Guide Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Get an introduction to responsive practices to plan your district's return,...

The Impact of Equity From Cradle to Careers Resource LP Cover
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Webinar The Impact of Equity: From Cradle to Careers

What will equity look like for the next generation of students and citizens? The one...

Building and Sustaining a Remote Work Culture Resource LP Cover
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Guide Building and Sustaining a Remote Work Culture

Apply our team's expertise in remote work culture to your team's new WFH reality.

Rethinking Teacher Support in Response to COVID-19
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Webinar Rethinking Teacher Support in Response to COVID-19

While our school buildings are closed, learning is still happening and teachers are...

Creating Strategic Planning Teams Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Creating Strategic Planning Teams

It is crucial to evaluate the people you need to engage in order to have a richly...

Best Practices for Virtual Facilitation and Learning
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Webinar Best Practices for Virtual Facilitation and Learning

There are several best practices that lead to efficient, effective, and yes, even...

Strategic Planning Stakeholder Engagement Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Strategic Planning Stakeholder Engagement Guide

As you begin a new initiative or initiate your strategic planning process it is...

Boldly Reimagining What is Possible Designing for More Equitable Schools Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Boldly Reimagining What Is Possible: Designing for More Equitable Schools

As we consider how school might look in the coming months and years, we must pause...

A Panel on Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021 Resource LP Cover
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Webinar A Panel on Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021

Leaders from three districts share their process of return to school planning,...

Rituals for Remote School: A Conversation with David Hardy & Jaime Casap
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Webinar Rituals for Remote School: A Conversation with David Hardy & Jaime Casap

We explore how schools and districts are now thinking about rituals, as well as...

The Responsive Org Playbook
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eBook The Responsive Org Playbook

Leaders struggle to improve how their teams collaborate, make decisions, and achieve...

Personalized Learning + Social-Emotional Learning Resource LP Cover
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Brief Personalized Learning + Social-Emotional Learning

A brief that illustrates how to use the Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning...

How Can We Help Our Students Breathe? A Virtual Panel Discussion
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Webinar How Can We Help Our Students Breathe? Virtual Panel Discussion

Join a panel discussion led by TABSE (the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators)...

Personalized Learning Classroom Walkthrough Resource LP Cover
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Guide Personalized Learning Classroom Walkthrough

Intended to support, not evaluate, this tool helps you to set goals for teachers...

The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

A tool for all teachers PreK-12, from those who are new to implementing personalized...

Personalized Learning + Project-Based Learning Resource LP Cover
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Brief Personalized Learning + Project-Based Learning

A brief that illustrates how to use the Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning...

The 8 Design Elements of Teacher Retention Resource LP Cover
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Infographic The 8 Design Elements of Teacher Retention

This is an introduction to the eight key design elements to consider at a...

How COVID-19 has Exposed Education in-Equities Resource LP Cover
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Webinar How COVID-19 has Exposed Education in-Equities

Bold thinkers, action-oriented leaders addressing the inequities in the here and...

Setting Design Parameters for Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Setting Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

As schools and districts shift to personalized learning, creating alignment across...

Core Four Continuum of Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Guide Core Four Continuum of Personalized Learning

The continuum presents the various activities which educators can undertake in the...

Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders
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White Paper Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders

This white paper will help create an inclusive and effective dialogue to get...

5 Ingredients to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your District
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Infographic 5 Ingredients to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your District

While innovation is important, it can be intimidating to embark on a journey of...

Playlist Building 101
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Guide Playlist Building 101

Playlists are an effective personalized learning tool for classrooms. This guide...

Understanding & Developing New School Models Part 1
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White Paper Understanding & Developing New School Models Part 1

The paper focuses on four areas of change which have the biggest impact on...

Core Four of Personalized Learning for Parents An Overview
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Brief Core Four of Personalized Learning for Parents: An Overview

Parents will learn about techniques employed by instructors at the classroom level...

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Framework Personalized Learning Models for Secondary Schools

The following infographic will show you three base personalized learning models for...

District Case Study Yuma District One AZ Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Yuma District One, Arizona

For 10 consecutive years, Yuma faced declining enrollment. The district wanted...

Best Practices for Communicating with Families During Crisis
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Guide Best Practices for Communicating With Families During Crisis

In our role of serving as a support to students, it’s important that we are mindful...

Teacher Guide: Best Practices For Closing The School Year Virtually
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Guide Teacher Guide: Best Practices For Closing The School Year Virtually

Whether practicing social distancing amidst a crisis or reimagining celebrations in...

Trauma Informed Leadership: Building Resilient School Communities
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Webinar Trauma Informed Leadership: Building Resilient School Communities

The current circumstances are demanding more from us, and from our organizations...

Using Technology to Support Learning
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Point of View Using Technology to Support Learning

Introducing modern technology into classrooms and schools can seem like a daunting...

Classroom Communication for Now and for What's Next
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Webinar Classroom Communication for Now and for What's Next

Communication has always been an essential skill for teachers. This webinar is...

Leadership at All Levels: Strategies for Increasing Your Impact as a Teacher Leader
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Webinar Leadership at All Levels: Strategies for Increasing Your Impact as a Teacher Leader

With the future of our education system remaining uncertain, teachers are positioned...

COVID-19 Retrospective - Looking in the Mirror
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Webinar COVID-19 Retrospective - Looking in the Mirror

Join our webinar to learn more about what we tried and what we learned over the last...

6 Ways to Increase Collaboration During (Virtual) PD
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Webinar 6 Ways to Increase Collaboration During (Virtual) PD

Are you looking for some fun ways to add collaboration to your virtual PD? We share...

Supporting Schools To Enhance Remote Learning
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Webinar Supporting Schools To Enhance Remote Learning

This webinar will share a process to enhance remote learning to be as meaningful as...

Strategic Planning Prioritization Exercise Sheet
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Workout Strategic Planning Prioritization Exercise Sheet

Use this workout alongside our Strategic Planning Prioritization Guide to help your...

Take a Chance: A Discussion About Bringing Equity To The Remote Work Environment
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Webinar Take a Chance: A Discussion About Bringing Equity To The Remote Work Environment

As workplaces and spaces have moved to the web, so have our work habits. This new...

Responsive Coaching: Listening and Engaging Through Crisis
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Webinar Responsive Coaching: Listening and Engaging Through Crisis

In this webinar, coaches will learn how to utilize a responsive communication cycle...

Creating Culture, Connections, and Community for District Leaders Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Creating Culture, Connections and Community for District Leaders

District leaders were asked to transition everything they would normally do within...

Building & Sustaining Responsive Virtual Cultures as a Coach
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Webinar Building & Sustaining Responsive Virtual Cultures as a Coach

Join us as we share practices and ideas from around the country on how to leverage...

Strategies for supporting SEL in Virtual Learning Settings
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Guide Strategies for supporting SEL in Virtual Learning Settings

Educators can use these strategies to work toward meeting students’ social-emotional...

SEL and the Shift to Virtual Learning
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Webinar SEL and the Shift to Virtual Learning

How leaders and educators might need to rethink ways to support students virtually,...

Networks of Learning That Power Change in Georgia
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Case Study Networks of Learning that Power Change in Georgia

Here’s how GOSA developed a network to allow schools from across the state to...

Education Elements Annual Report 2018-2019 Resource LP Cover
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Report Education Elements Annual Report 2018-2019

Read about responsive practices that we equipped districts with, to take on their...

Personalized Learning Playbook
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eBook Personalized Learning Playbook

Anthony introduces the concept of personalized learning and breaks down three...

Equity in School Closures
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Webinar Equity in School Closures

Educators from across the country come together virtually to initiate a conversation...

Planning for Long-term Virtual Learning
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Webinar Planning for Long-Term Virtual Learning

We share strategies to leverage existing resources and people to create a wider...

The First 20 Days of Virtual Learning
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Webinar First 20 Days Of Virtual Learning

Whether you’re trying to maintain learning, move learning forward, or transform the...

Virtual Learning Walks to Support Virtual Instruction
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Webinar Virtual Learning Walks to Support Virtual Instruction

it is important to set clear expectations around virtual learning experiences for...

Sustaining Innovation Through Transformative Leadership in Middletown NY
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Case Study Sustaining Innovation Through Transformative Leadership in Middletown, NY

After having worked with Education Elements for 5 years to refine its approach to...

District Case Study Wake County Public School System NC Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Wake County Public School System, NC

Learn how Wake County expanded its network of schools to meet the growing...

6 Personalized Learning Risks Districts Should Avoid
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Infographic 6 Personalized Learning Risks Districts Should Avoid

Getting started with personalized learning? Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Strategic Planning Prioritization Guide
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Guide Strategic Planning Prioritization Guide

It's important to “right-size” the number of initiatives - you don’t want to take on...

New School Rules Tactical Meeting Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Tactical Meeting Guide - NSR

Tactical meetings are a convenient forum where all circle members are together to...

Elements of Teacher Retention Career Pathways Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Career Pathways

Learn strategies to provide teachers with clear pathways for learning, leadership,...

Innovative Leadership Development Methodology
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Infographic Innovative Leadership Development Methodology

Each framework is comprised of competencies for the respective leadership role —...

Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity Resource LP Cover
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Video Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity?

Learn how personalized learning can support equity in schools and classrooms. 

Innovative Teacher Leader Competencies
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Infographic Innovative Teachers Competencies

What are the core competencies of teacher leaders? Use this guide to develop yours.

Elements of Teacher Retention Dynamic Recruitment Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Dynamic Recruitment

Learn strategies to attract and select teachers based on an inspiring challenge and...

Innovative School Leader Competencies
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Infographic Innovative School Leader Competencies

Use the core competencies of innovative school leaders to flex your leadership...

What is Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Video What is Personalized Learning?

What is personalized learning, actually? It's not about tech or tools - but about...

District Case Study Fairbanks North Star Borough School District AK Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Fairbanks North Star BoroughSchool District, AK

The rurality and remoteness of Fairbanks could potentially create a gap in preparing...

Personalized Learning Instructional Models for Elementary Schools
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Infographic Personalized Learning Instructional Models for Elementary Schools

The following infographic will show you three base personalized learning models for...

Innovative District Leader Competencies
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Infographic Innovative District Leader Competencies

Explore the core competencies of an innovative district leader to develop your...

District Case Study Metropolitan School District of Warren Township IN Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN

Warren went 1:1 with Chromebooks and implemented new technology in their...

Innovative Coaching Competencies Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Innovative Coaching Competencies

Coaches have unique roles and responsibilities in a school - learn the core...

Personalized Learning and MTSS Resource LP Cover
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Brief How Personalized Learning Aligns with Multi-Tiered System of Support

Explore the role of PL to support, guide, and drive Multi-Tiered System of Support...

How to Start With Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Video How to Start with Personalized Learning

A quick intro to how to kickstart personalized learning in your school or district. 

Personalized Learning and Project-Based Learning
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Brief Personalized Learning and Project-Based Learning

Learn how to use the Core Four to align PL and PBL in a way that is tangible for...

Elements of Teacher Retention Teacher Agency Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Teacher Agency

Learn why it's important to build systems that empower teachers to be...

District Case Study Uinta County School District #1 WY Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Uinta County School District #1, WY

Uinta wanted to better prepare students for college and careers by helping...

Education Elements Annual Report 2017-2018 Resource LP Cover
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Report Education Elements Annual Report 2017-2018

These stories represent our work with organizations large and small, in places...

Communications Planning for Innovation in Education White Paper Resource LP Cover
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White Paper Communications Planning for Innovation in Education

Personalized learning is complicated, and requires clear objectives and effective...

What to Consider When Hiring a Consultant
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Video What to Consider When Hiring a Consultant

One of our partners shares what to look for when hiring a consultant to work with...

Hacks to Improve Your Team
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Video Hacks to Improve Your Team

Some quick tips to improve how your team functions and works together.

How to Begin to Shift Your District Culture
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Video How to Begin to Shift Your District Culture

The culture of your district will impact the culture of your school leadership as...

Elements of Teacher Retention Consistent Celebrations Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Consistent Celebrations

Learn why it's important to celebrate learnings and successes regularly across our...

District Case Study Hartford Public Schools CT Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Hartford Public Schools, CT

Hartford is home of high poverty students, dealing with much more issues in...

Why Being a Responsive Org Matters
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Video Why Being a Responsive Org Matters

Responsiveness is key to adapting quickly, innovating, and supporting the needs of...

District Case Study Horry County Schools SC Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Horry County Schools, SC

Despite outperforming most districts in the state, HCS realized they could do more...

Risks to Avoid When Implementing Personalized Learning
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Video Risks to Avoid When Implementing Personalized Learning

Here are some of the common pitfalls you might encounter when you first embark on...

Why Innovative Leadership Matters
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Video Why Innovative Leadership Matters

What's the importance of innovating – and leading your team to do the same? Learn...

How Does Personalized Learning Create a Sense of Belonging
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Video How Does Personalized Learning Create a Sense of Belonging?

Personalizing learning can revolutionize the school and classroom experiences in ore...

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White Paper The Core Four of Personalized Learning

By focusing on the Core Four elements, teachers, principals, parents, and students...

District Case Study Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES NY Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, NY

The Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES wanted to support the districts in rethinking...

New School Rules Self Strengths Audit
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Guide Self Strengths Audit - The New School Rules

We’ve created this strengths audit to help you gauge your current practice for The...

Planning For Change, Not Perfection Sharing Community Updates During A Crisis Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Planning For Change, Not Perfection: Sharing Community Updates During A Crisis

Learn about keeping your strategic plan nimble during times of change. Our team...

District Case Study Syracuse City School DIstrict NY Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Syracuse City School District, NY

To help focus on individual students’ needs, SCSD worked at the district...

District Case Study Racine Unified School District WI Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Racine Unified School District, WI

Learn how RUSD dealt with declining enrollment as students left for other...

Teacher Guide Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation Resource LP Cover
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Guide Teacher Guide Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation

From preventing Zoom fatigue with bio breaks or DJ’ing our way through...

District Case Study Loudoun County Public Schools VA Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Loudoun County Public Schools

LCPS serves a rapidly growing community, as the county’s population has...

Personalized Learning Classroom Walkthrough Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Personalized Learning Classroom Look-Fors Guide

Our personalized learning classroom walkthrough guide: The Core Four Look Fors helps...

District Case Study Fulton County Schools GA Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Fulton County Schools, GA

FCS spent two years developing a strategic plan and vision for personalized...

How Do You Know Personalized Learning Works Resource LP Cover
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Video How Do You Know Personalized Learning Works?

What are some clear indicators that signify the success of your personalized...

Planning for the New Normal of Teacher Competencies
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Webinar Planning for the New Normal of Teacher Competencies

Join us for a conversation about how we might adjust our recruitment, onboarding,...

Leaders How Do You Make Learning a Part of Your Organizations DNA Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leaders: How Do You Make Learning a Part of Your Organization's DNA?

During this webinar, participants will learn concrete and actionable strategies to...

Rethinking Teams for Return To School Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Part 3: Rethinking Teams for Return To School

Join us for a conversation about the strategies that teams - whether central office...

Take a Chance Equity in Remote Work Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Take a Chance: Equity in Remote Work Episode 4

Our current normal may not be all that new – or normal for that matter. As...

Take a Chance Equity in Remote Work Episode 3 Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Take a Chance: Equity in Remote Work Episode 3

This new perspective could become normal and a good “new normal” if we take the time...

Take a Chance Equity in Remote Work Episode 2 Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Take a Chance: Equity in Remote Work Episode 2

This new perspective could become normal and a good “new normal” if we take the time...

Joy on the Job Part 2 Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Joy on the Job Part 2

Join members of the Education Elements team and unwind after a day of work with some...

The Innovative Leader Workout Plan Healthy Habits From the New School Rules Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar The Innovative Leader Workout Plan:Healthy Habits from theNew School Rules

Keep your innovative leadership habits healthy and strong with some quick New School...

A Moment of Calm for Educators Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar A Moment of Calm for Educators: Meditation and Self-Care for Yourself and Others

Educators have been hard at work taking care of their school community. Today we'd...

Building a Strong Culture in Times of Change Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Building a Strong Culture in Times of Change

Adapting to remote work can be challenging. As educators, we’re primarily focused on...

Communicating Through the Next Phase of Your Pandemic Response Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Communicating Through the Next Phase of Your Pandemic Response

This webinar will share key responsive practices to proactively communicate through...

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers With An Employee Value Proposition Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Recruiting and Retaining Teachers With An Employee Value Proposition

At Education Elements, we have identified 8 elements that must work together to...

Focusing on What is Important to Students Right Now Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Focusing on What is Important to Students Right Now

In education, we are all experiencing something unprecedented, the entire national...

Trauma-Informed Leadership Building Resilient School Communities Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Trauma-Informed Leadership: Building Resilient School Communities

The current circumstances are demanding more from us, and from our organizations...

Why Psychological Safety Is More Important Than Ever For A Staff Navigating A Crisis Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Why Psychological Safety Is More Important Than Ever For A Staff Navigating A Crisis

Learn real practices you can put into place to create an environment where...

Leading Through Uncertainty Sharing Information Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leading Through Uncertainty: Sharing Information

Discover our guided process in creating your own strategy for effective and...

Leading Through Uncertainty Decision-Making Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leading Through Uncertainty: Decision-Making

Together, we’ll discuss how decisions can continue to be made in a responsive way...

Leading Through Uncertainty Planning for Change, Not Perfection Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leading Through Uncertainty: Planning for Change, Not Perfection

During a time where information quickly becomes outdated, leaders must approach...

Building Innovative Structures Within Distance Learning Constraints Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Building Innovative Structures Within Distance Learning Constraints

Watch this virtual innovation session if you are a principal or coach, or if you...

NSR - Chapter 1 Resource LP Cover
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eBook NSR - Chapter 1

An excerpt from the new book from Anthony Kim & Alexis Gonzales-Black. In chapter...

The Blended Workbook Learning to Design the Schools of Our Future Resource LP Cover
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eBook The Blended Workbook: Learning to Design the Schools of Our Future

Get hands-on training exercises that help you design and implement an effective...

Strategic Plan - Clyde-Savannah CSD Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Strategic Plan – Clyde-Savannah CSD

See Clyde-Savannah CSD's strategic plan to get ideas on how to a real-life school...

District Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework District Implementation Framework

Quick guide to all the things you'll need to support the implementation of a...

Strategic Plan – South Brunswick Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Strategic Plan – South Brunswick

See South Brunswick's strategic plan to get ideas on how to a real-life school...

Blended Learning Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Blended Learning Implementation Framework

Use this guide to get started with implementing blended learning across your school...

Collaborative Learning Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Collaborative Learning Framework

To meet the demands of our changing workforce and to solve real-world issues and...

Competency-Based Education Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Competency-Based Education Framework

Districts all around the country are trying to understand how to set a strong...

Virtual Program Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Virtual Program Implementation Framework

Are you ready to start a virtual school or program but don't know where to start?

7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance Infographic Resource LP Cover
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Infographic 7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance

Low attendance rates can have a drastic impact on students - through school and...

Supporting the League of Innovative Schools Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Supporting The League of Innovative Schools

See how the League of Innovative Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools are...

The Challenge of Teacher Retention Resource LP Cover
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Brief The Challenge of Teacher Retention

What are the primary challenges in teacher recruiting and retention? Learn our...

Kansas Can Scaling School Redesign Across Kansas Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Kansas Can: Scaling School Redesign Across Kansas

See how Kansas led school redesign across the entire state.

Education Elements Personalized Learning Methodology Video Resource LP Cover
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Video Education Elements Personalized Learning Methodology

Learn about our approach to personalized learning.

NSR Check-in and Check-out Toolbox Resource LP Cover
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Guide NSR Check-in & Check-out Toolbox

We recommend using this simple check in/out process to begin shifting the habits and...

Competency-Based Education Toolkit Resource LP Cover
Framework Competency-Based Education Toolkit

District leaders, teachers or anyone interested in a competency-based...

Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support PL Phase 3 Resource LP Cover
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Guide Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning Phase 3: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Tools

This white paper, the third in the series, is focused on the third phase of...

Personalized Learning Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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White Paper Personalized Learning Implementation Framework

This white paper is meant to provide context around why the framework was...

Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support PL Phase 2
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White Paper Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning Phase 2: Offline-Online Curriculum Alignment & Digital Tools

Determining the right mix of offline and online curriculum tools is crucial to...

Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support PL Phase 1
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White Paper Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning Part 1: Align Goals with PL

Developing your Personalized Learning curriculum strategy can be complex....

Understanding and Supporting Blended Learning Teaching Practices Resource LP Cover
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Guide Understanding and Supporting Blended Learning Teaching Practices

This guide explains how blended learning fits into a personalized learning model...

4 Ways Schools Can Combat Budget Cuts Resource LP Cover
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Infographic 4 Ways Schools Can Combat Budget Cuts

When funding is low, what can your district do to make sure instruction isn't...

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Framework Connect: Equity Engagement Guide

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a...

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Framework Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a...

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Personalized Learning, School Districts, Schooling Loss, Virtual Learning
3 Ways to Incorporate Flexibility into Planning for School Next Year

This school year made clear the need to redesign our existing systems to ensure that...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
What is Schooling Loss – and How Will You Approach it?

Our team has spent months discussing the best term to use to describe the challenge...

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Remote Work, School Leadership, Teacher Retention
4 Practices to Immediately Improve the Teacher Experience in Your School

There are 88 million opportunities in the human genome for trait variations to make...

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Supporting Students with a Justice Lens

Like many this past year, I suffered the effects of deprivation from proximity –...

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Data, District Leadership, School Leadership, Strategic Planning
Planning for Change with Data: Lessons Learned from Spring Break

I’m writing this blog during a 17-hour road trip that was supposed to be a 2-hour...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Teams & Culture
Practice Makes Purposeful Habits: Three Essential Practices for Lasting Change

Leading change, whether systemic or individual, requires strong habits. Last month I...

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School Leadership, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Making the Case for Transforming Summer School

For most of us, summer school was a punishment for not passing a class. Sure, plenty...

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Competency-Based Education, School Leadership
Redesign Learning Experiences by Rethinking Time with Competency-Based Education

Time is weird right now. Hours can feel like months, weeks can feel like days, and a...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Strategic Planning
Rethinking Your District Strategic Plan in the Era of COVID-19

What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear “strategic planning”?...

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Data, School Leadership
Starting and Sustaining a Data Habit in Your School

Knowledge is Power! Measure what Matters! 

If our cliches are an indicator, we all...

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New School Design, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Leadership Questions to Help Guide Design of a Virtual School

To support the planning of opening a virtual school, leaders can be overwhelmed with...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Teacher Retention
How to Create a Positive Teacher Experience in Your School

A few Fridays ago I got a message from my colleague Kelly. She asked what I wanted...

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District Leadership, Equity, School Leadership
Meet Educators Addressing Inequities & Breaking Barriers in Their Schools & Districts

In September of 2020, Education Elements announced the first cohort of the “Systems...

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Data, District Leadership, School Leadership
A Four Step Process for Developing Data Culture in School Districts

For more than a century, standardized testing data have been used to measure the...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Slow Pivots — What’s Driving the Change to Reimagine School Schedules?

School schedules and use of time are one of the few remaining relics of the...

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Personalized Learning
3 Questions That Drive Virtual School Excellence

Virtual schools in the K-12 environment have been a popular topic for discussion for...

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Crisis Management, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Addressing Schooling Loss in Schools With These Four Strategies

Learning loss is the baby elephant in the room. It’s an issue that is currently...

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Crisis Management, District Leadership, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Virtual Schooling Is Here to Stay: Reimagining Post-Pandemic Virtual Learning in Public Schools

From North Carolina to California to Alaska, public schools around the United States...

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District Leadership, Equity, School Leadership
Opening the Door For Inclusion: A Guide

At the beginning of last week, my colleagues Purvi Patel, Dave Hardy, and I were...

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Crisis Management, Innovative Leadership, Teachers
Inspiration from the Resilience of Educators

As we watched the events at the Capitol unfold on January 6th, like many, our team...

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Innovative Leadership
Reflecting on Your Leadership Through a Year of Unexpected Firsts

2020 was, among many things, a year of firsts. The first time a non-English language...

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District Leadership, Innovative Leadership, Personalized Learning, School Leadership, Teams & Culture, Virtual Learning
Education Predictions for an Unpredictable 2021

I got started with this tradition of predictions in 2010 after reading Disrupting...

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Education Elements
How Responsiveness Led Us Through 2020 - and the Past Decade

Whoa. 2020.

I became a mom this year. My daughter Emily Ruth was born on April 1,...

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Remote Work, School Leadership, Teachers
Teachers and Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Change the World

It’s December. We made it to the end of 2020 – a spectacularly stressful year, no...

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District Leadership, Remote Work, School Leadership, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Building Community Through A Virtual Road Race

This Fall, Education Elements hosted our first ever virtual Distance Learning Road...

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Equity, School Leadership
Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series: #2 Discipline Policy

The systems that teachers and leaders design and implement in schools are all...

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School Leadership, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Returning to Distance Learning: What's Different This Time?

A known unknown is a question we are certain exists, but whose answer we are...

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Data, District Leadership, School Leadership, Teachers
Using Data in Schools to Learn Fast

As a new mom, I cared deeply about two things: my baby’s well-being and my sleep. I...

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Education Elements, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Teams & Culture
The Tale of Two Suns

The pitter-patter of toes on our wooden floors, reminiscent of a spring rain pinging...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, School Leadership
Working on Working: How to Make Deliberate Decisions that Respond to the Needs of Your Team

The Education Elements team, like the rest of the world, has been adapting to...

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Communication, School Leadership
What Families Need Now From the Perspective of a School Parent Liaison

This is a special blog post because not only am I interviewing an expert in family...

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District Leadership, Innovative Leadership, School Leadership
Our Theory of Action for Developing Innovative Leadership in Schools

At Education Elements, we know that a leader is critical in navigating a school...

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District Leadership, Virtual Learning
Adaptations for Flexible Learning

Fenestration, in architecture, is the way windows, doors, and openings are placed...

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Data, District Leadership
6 Common Mistakes to Avoid for a Stronger Data Culture in Schools

On January 28, 1986, the space program experienced one of its most catastrophic...

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Equity, School Leadership, Teacher Retention
9 Things That Matter When Hiring Black Teachers

This year has exacerbated the national crisis of staffing in schools. Attrition was...

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Equity, School Leadership, Teacher Retention
How to Create Equitable School Environments for Teachers of Color

We’ve talked a lot about the need to improve teacher retention. During the pandemic,...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Strategic Planning, Teachers
What Responsive Planning Looks Like in a Strong Data Culture

When I was studying research methods as part of my doctoral degree, the running joke...

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Communication, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Framework A Teacher's Guide to Collaborative Family-Teacher Relationships

I moved a lot with my multi-cultural family as a kid. If you know me, you know this...

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School Leadership, Strategic Planning
Framework Leveraging R&D to Spark Innovation in Your School District

At the core of innovation in companies leading the way in developing solutions for...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Strategic Planning
Framework Three Retrospectives We Love for Reflecting on Return Planning

Across the country, students have returned to school, whether it’s in-person,...

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Classrooms, Teachers
Framework Reliable Learning Models for Hectic Times in Schools

School boards across the country are experiencing marathon meetings as they listen...

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District Leadership, Innovative Leadership, School Leadership
Framework Making Your Next Pivot? Decide Deliberately and Communicate Effectively

Typically in times of uncertainty, organizations tend to shift their focus to...

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Virtual Learning
Framework Creative Solutions for Continuity of Learning: Navigating the Needs of Students, Parents/Guardians, and Teachers

“It’s all happening!”

–Penny Lane, Almost Famous 

This month, those of us who love...

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Classrooms, Virtual Learning
Framework Student Engagement is Critical to Distance Learning

 

Student engagement is one of the most overused terms in education. We talk about...

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School Leadership, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Framework Changing Tack to Sail Into the Wind: Starting a School Year That is Like No Other

In February, my husband and I bought our first home in Pasadena, Maryland, right on...

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District Leadership, Innovative Leadership, School Leadership
Framework What We Know For Sure: Three Practices Every Innovative Leader Can Try

"We all get caught up in the business of doing, and sometimes lose our place in the...

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Communication, Equity, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Framework 12 Things Equity Focused Teachers Can Say To Students In The New School Year

As school returns, we know this year presents unique challenges and changes to both...

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Classrooms, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Framework Families and Distance Learning: A Guardian’s Guide To Kicking Off Distance Learning

There is no question that our lives have been flipped around over the last few...

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District Leadership, Virtual Learning
Framework Making the Leap: A Strategy for Continuous Online Distance Learning in Rural Schools

Planning Amidst Change

“Aim small, shoot small,” is an old saying that many of us...

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Classrooms, Social and Emotional Learning, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Framework What Do Students Need Right Now?

In an effort to reconnect with students to truly understand their experience with...

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Framework How Leaders Can Create a Sense of Belonging for Teachers Returning to School

Welcome back, educators and leaders, to a school year like none we’ve encountered...

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Classrooms, Return Planning, Social and Emotional Learning
Framework How Can Teachers Support Student Mental Health During COVID-19?

As teachers everywhere gear up to go back to school in various settings this Fall,...

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Classrooms, Equity
Framework "It keeps us all safe" and Other Lies Used to Spirit Murder Black and Brown Children

What a time to be alive. Many of us, particularly educators, are wearing hats we...

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Return Planning
Framework What To Do When There's Not One Right Answer?

Educators across the country, and around the world, have found themselves in a whole...

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Classrooms, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Framework Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Regardless of where students are physically learning this school year, educators...

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District Leadership, Innovative Leadership
Framework What's Left, What's Lost, and What's Possible

Leading While Grieving In The Wake of COVID-19

In the Fall of 2019, I lost my...

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Classrooms, Equity
Framework Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion + Personalized Learning

Learning is most powerful when students feel valued, honored, and empowered. The...

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Blended Learning, Classrooms, Return Planning, School Leadership, Virtual Learning
Framework Using Human-Centered Design to Reimagine Staffing Models

Through most of the spring and summer, we at Education Elements have intensely...

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Return Planning
Framework Making New (School) Year Resolutions

How to Leverage Sprint Plans and SEPAD to Bring a Sense of Accomplishment to an...

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Classrooms, Equity, Teachers
Framework Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series: #1 Unpacking Bias

After I wrote the first blog in this series, I received a call from a close family...

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Return Planning, School Leadership, Teachers
Framework 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...

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Equity, School Leadership
Framework Capture the Opportunity: Steps to Redesign School-Level Systems for Equity

At the age of five, my shyness was taken for lack of understanding and I was tested...

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Crisis Management, District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, School Leadership
Framework Leadership Tenets for the New Normal: Connect with your Purpose and Feed your Values

If you are anything like me, you are at a loss for how we are suddenly in the last...

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Classrooms, Virtual Learning
Framework Tips For Setting Up An At-Home Learning Environment For Young Students

Here we are, looking down the barrel of another stretch of at-home learning. We...

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Education Elements, Innovative Leadership, School Leadership, Teams & Culture
Framework What I Learned About Teams from Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

There has been a lot of research done on what makes teams great. Google committed an...

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Classrooms, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Framework 7 Strategies to Develop Student Executive Functioning Skills for Remote Learning

The first time I tried to cook a meal in my own place was a disaster. Within 10...

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District Leadership, Return Planning, School Leadership, Strategic Planning
Framework Reimagining Learning for All Students through Universal Design

“There has to be a better way!” I remember a character on a movie or TV show I...

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District Leadership, Return Planning, School Leadership, Strategic Planning
Framework Lessons on Return Planning: From District Leaders for District Leaders

A bank teller, Jeff Bezos, and a Starbucks barista walk into a...school district...

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Remote Work, Teams & Culture
Framework Being You in the “New” Workplace

I'll be honest here--after my college years, any chance of me being a dedicated...

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Classrooms, Equity, Teachers
Framework Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series - Step 0

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the police,...

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Teacher Retention, Teams & Culture
Framework What Does Onboarding Look Like in our New Normal?

What makes people stay at their jobs? What makes people leave? At a time when 20% of

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Crisis Management, School Leadership
Framework How a School Psychologist Is Supporting Students From a Distance During COVID-19

As we look toward reimagining schools, we encourage leaders to keep in mind that...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, School Leadership
Framework The Six Competencies that Every Leader Should Model Through COVID-19

There is something about this crisis that has brought out the baker in many. Even...

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District Leadership, Professional Development, School Leadership, Teacher Retention
Framework Upskilling and Reskilling for the ‘New Normal’ of Education

The abrupt shift to distance learning directly challenged the knowledge, mindsets,...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management
Framework How to Practice and Promote a Culture of Learning

In times of uncertainty, organizations tend to shift their focus to getting results,...

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Professional Development, Virtual Learning
Lessons Learned from Remote Programs for Continuity of Learning

Research matters! When developing your Continuity of Learning (CoL) plans there are...

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Remote Work, Teacher Retention, Teachers
Virtual Recruitment Through COVID-19 and Beyond

The worldwide response to COVID-19 is creating unforeseen challenges and virtual...

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Framework We Stand With the Movement for Black Lives

 

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District Leadership, Strategic Planning
Framework Using Your Strategic Plan to Keep Your Stakeholders Informed and Engaged During Times of Change

One of our favorite expressions is that the only constant thing in life is change,...

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Crisis Management, District Leadership, Strategic Planning
Framework Scenario Planning to Develop a Responsive School Return Plan

When I was younger, my mother and I would sit for hours playing the game Mastermind....

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Virtual Learning
Framework Three Dimensions of Distance Learning in Action

"Resilience doesn’t just mean getting back to normal after facing a difficult...

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Crisis Management, District Leadership
Framework Leading Through The Certainties Of Uncertainty

Every summer, I look forward to seeing the Little League World Series prominently...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management
Framework Navigating a Crisis as a New Leader

The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.

- Hemingway

...

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School Leadership, Teacher Retention
Framework The Known Unknowns of Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Donald Rumsfeld once said that there are three things we know - the things we know,...

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Remote Work, Teachers, Virtual Learning
Framework Zoom Fatigue? Try Our Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation

In a single month in 2020, the unthinkable happened. Students in all 50 United...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Strategic Planning
Framework Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Last summer, I decided to hit the road for a year as a “digital nomad,” giving up my...

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District Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management
Framework 3 Ways to Tell You Lead a Responsive Team in Times of Crisis

There is a strange contrast between moments during this time. I wake up with the...

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District Leadership, School Leadership, Teams & Culture
Framework Cultivating a Culture of Learning

While the author of the quote isn’t certain (many attribute it to acclaimed...

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District Leadership, Remote Work, School Leadership
Framework Building and Sustaining a Remote Work Culture

Schools were asked to transition everything they would normally do within their...

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Remote Work, School Leadership, Teacher Retention
Framework Strategies to Celebrate Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers have a tremendous impact on the learning and lives of their students and...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Organizations Grow When People Grow

To close out this series on how to get your organization primed for remote work, I’d...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Harness the Flow, Let Information Go

Distributing information in an organization can sometimes feel like playing...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Aim for Safe Enough to Try

Many leaders are making decisions that impact their entire organization in response...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Define the Work Before the People

Many organizations are learning how they can push their work forward as they...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Build Trust and Allow Authority to Spread

Working with colleagues in-person may provide more many opportunities to build trust...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Planning for Change, Not Perfection

Not too long ago, you may have found yourself wondering if 5 minutes was enough time...

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Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Remote Work
Framework The Remote Work Series: Remote Work Routines

Remote work is a hot topic right now, and if you are not used to working remotely,...

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Virtual Learning
3 Trends in the Next Phase of Remote Learning as COVID-19 Extends School Closures

Much of the initial planning around remote learning was based on the assumption that...

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Crisis Management, District Leadership
Framework Communicating with Staff and Community Members During COVID-19 School Closures

As of last weekend, President Trump has extended the national shutdown in the U.S....

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Teams & Culture
Tips and Tricks: Three Things to Consider During Your Transition to Virtual Work

The past few weeks have been full of new routines for all of us as we try to plan...

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Coaches, Innovative Leadership
Leading Through Change: An Interview with a District Coach

The ability to navigate ambiguity is a top skill of effective leaders, and there has...

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Crisis Management, Innovative Leadership
Framework Cultivating Resilience through Daily Wellness Practices

During this time of uncertainty and rapid change, the students, families, educators,...

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Crisis Management, Remote Work, Teams & Culture
Framework Best Practices for Positive and Productive Remote Work for Educators

Schools across the country have closed their doors to protect students, employees,...

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Crisis Management, Equity, Virtual Learning
Addressing Virtual Learning Equity Issues As Schools Close Due to COVID-19

I’ve written several blog posts and admittedly, this has been one of the harder...

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Crisis Management, Virtual Learning
Best Practices For Digital Learning & Virtual Meetings

Many school districts are closing to keep their communities safe from COVID-19....

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Crisis Management, Virtual Learning
Four Ways to Facilitate Virtual Learning if Schools Close

As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak spreads, more school districts have been asking...

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Teams & Culture
3 Leadership Lessons From Netflix Culture

I had the opportunity to attend a webinar with Lynn Carter, Director of Talent...

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The Giraffe Award: How a Small Celebration Can Change Your Team’s Culture

As a first generation college graduate, I recognize daily the impact my investment...

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Innovative Leadership
An Open Letter to the K-12 Community and a Love Letter for Education Elements

Dear K-12 Education Community,

With just a few days left working at Education...

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Classrooms, Crisis Management, School Districts
Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Planning for Learning As Schools Close

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, more school districts are asking us how they...

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Professional Development
The Anatomy of a Great Professional Development Music Playlist

I walk in, dragging my feet a bit, set down my coffee, click on the speaker and with...

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Teacher Retention
What Does Teacher Agency Look Like in a School?

One of the beautiful things about having a career in education is that you have...

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Innovative Leadership
Teacher Leaders Creating Change in Kenai

The team was sitting together after the final workshop for the final wave of schools...

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Innovative Leadership
I Have Found My People – at the National Leadership Institutes!

“I found my people!” “This is like church!” “I feel so energized!” “Can we do this...

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Innovative Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Change Management
3 Steps to Become a More Responsive Leader

There are many avenues you can take when making change in your organization. Change...

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My New Journey With a Mission-Driven Organization

Erica Williams Simon, founder of Snapchat’s Creator’s Lab and one of my favorite...

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Innovative Leadership, Personalized Learning
Bringing Personalized Learning to Scale in a Large Urban School District

Personalized learning has captured the attention of many education reformers. Much...

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Equity
You Can Coach for Equity Anywhere, with Anyone

To create the schools children deserve, we must coach educators and leaders for...

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Innovative Leadership
Unlocking Your Potential With An Identity Shift

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that my life is a day-to-day journey to reach...

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Innovative Leadership
Reflections on School Leadership Inspired by the GOATs

In a world hyper-focused on influencers and celebrities, it is no surprise that...

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Personalized Learning
Flipping Formatives and Structures in your New Personalized Learning Classroom

As we count down to this year's Education Elements Summit, we asked presenters from...

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When Empowered Teachers Drive Their Own Development

There’s a school in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, TX that brings a one-size-fits-one...

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Strategic Planning
Newburgh Schools Prepare to Go Beyond 2020

Located along the Hudson River and just 60 miles north of New York City, Newburgh...

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School Districts, Strategic Planning
What Does it Cost You When You Don’t Set a Strategic Direction?

The foam on the edges of the waves grazed the outside of my foot and I felt the sand...

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Innovative Leadership
Tic-Tac-Toe or Checkers - What Rules Do Your Teams Follow?

Take a look at your calendars and consider the number of meetings you have each...

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Personalized Learning, Teachers
Framework Mythbusters: Breaking Down 10 Common Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

Since 2003, Discovery’s show Mythbusters has been a smash hit. Though Adam & Jamie...

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New School Design
Designing School for Human Flourishing & Thriving Democracy

After interviewing hundreds of parents, teachers, and students across the country,...

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Personalized Learning
Slowing Down Before Going Fast in Forest Hills School District

In Forest Hills School District (FHSD) there have been pockets of innovation and...

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Innovative Leadership
How Successful Districts Continue to Navigate and Grow

In the early month of December, Anthony Kim and I had the opportunity to visit Mason...

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EE Summit
The Top 7 Education Conferences That Weren’t on Your Radar

The best conferences are generally those that expand your thinking, reframe a...

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Innovative Leadership
7 Reasons Courage is Mission-Critical to Innovative School Leadership

Every team meeting we have at Education Elements begins with a check-in question....

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The Decade for Innovation in Education Blog Header
Innovative Leadership, Teams & Culture
The Decade for Innovation in Education

What is the definition of innovation? It turns out that most people can’t agree. I’m...

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The Season for Giving Blog Header
The Season For Giving

Just a few weeks ago I found myself in the North Pole. No, seriously, this nice...

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Considering Collaboration Answer These 4 Questions First Blog Header
Classrooms, School Districts
Considering Collaboration? Answer These 4 Questions First

A few years ago I found myself in the middle of an aisle at the home improvement...

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Detroit Teachers Serve As Models For Resilience And Results Blog Header
Curriculum Strategy & Adoption, School Districts
Detroit Teachers Serve As Models For Resilience And Results

A few years ago, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) took a big bet...

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Strategic Planning
Building the Connection Between Home and School — How Family Empowerment is Transforming Education

In an economically disadvantaged part of Charlotte, N.C., there is a public school...

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How a Prioritization Matrix can help your district Blog Header
Strategic Planning
How a Prioritization Matrix Can Help Your School District (and Your Next Home Renovation Project!)

After selling our D.C. area home and looking for more than a year to buy what we...

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Giving Thanks to Teams Blog Header
Teams & Culture
Giving Thanks To Teams

As Thanksgiving approaches and 2019 nears an end, I’m taking some time to reflect on...

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New Environment Sparks New Learning

Education Elements and Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) came...

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Personalized Learning
Our Journey to Personalized Learning

Why Pursue Personalized Learning?

In October 2017, AdvancEd conducted our five-year...

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Innovative Leadership
Diminisher Dad Defined – “What are you thinking…?”

Our experience, past success, and hard won wisdom can cloud our perspective on...

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EE Summit, Personalized Learning
Why You Should Incorporate SEL and DEI through Student Reflection & Ownership

During the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2019, one of our keynote...

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Teams & Culture
Breaking Out of the Habit Loop of Working Inertia

Have you ever caught yourself working deadline to deadline without coming up for...

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Teacher Retention
A Year on the Road: 3 Factors for Successful Educational Change

“What’s it like in other schools? In other districts? In other states?” After eight...

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Teams & Culture
What We Learn About Building Team Habits from Ripples and Basketball Movies

The start of a new school year often brings with it discussions about new vision...

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Equity
Making Pay Parity Non-Negotiable at Education Elements

We all experience the world in different ways. I know that, as a white person, my...

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Innovative Leadership, Teacher Retention
Want to Improve Teacher Retention? Create a Pipeline of Growth Opportunities

In a 2018 study conducted by TINYPulse, a company specializing in employee...

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Innovative Leadership
How Responsive Practices are Transforming the Student Experience in Mayfield City Schools

Late August is a lovely time to visit Northeastern Ohio, and as educational leaders...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
My Team Has a Habit of Reading Books About Habits

Standing in line at Starbucks ready to order my Venti black coffee, I pull out my...

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Teams & Culture
How 1% Change Adds Up to a Big Impact for Schools and Districts

I was on a phone call with two principals earlier this week who shared a concern I...

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Innovative Leadership, Professional Development, School Districts
Reframing a Paradigm for Professional Development and Learning

How does professional development get labeled in your school or organization? Too...

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School Districts, Strategic Planning
Designing School Systems of the Future - Today

How do we design the schools of the future, today? Designing innovative structures...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Teacher Retention
Attract and Retain Teachers with Effective Methods Using Data to Define Needs

Teaching, often considered one of the most noble professions one can pursue, has...

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Classrooms, Innovative Leadership, Personalized Learning, School Districts
The Power of Responsive Practices in Schools and Districts Across the Country

This summer I had the pleasure of working alongside my Education Elements colleagues...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Teams & Culture
The NEW Team Habits: Fostering a Culture of Belonging Through Meeting Check-Ins

How are you? What is bringing you to this blog post today? What is top of mind for...

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Minute to Win It Practices for Impacting Teacher Retention Through Consistent Celebration Blog Header
School Districts, Teacher Retention
Minute to Win It: Practices for Impacting Teacher Retention Through Consistent Celebration

At Education Elements, we believe that sparking learning through creativity,...

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Classrooms, Equity, Personalized Learning
Why Unpacking Biases is Critical When Personalizing Learning

I had a middle school science teacher once tell me she was surprised that I did well...

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Four Steps to Incorporating and Responding to Stakeholder Feedback
Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Strategic Planning
Four Steps to Incorporating and Responding to Stakeholder Feedback in the Strategic Planning Process

So, you’ve completed a round of stakeholder engagement activities. You clarified...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Strategic Planning
Three Steps to Selecting Your Superhero Strategic Planning Team

“One bag of peanut butter M&Ms, please.” It’s the first step I take as I enter a...

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Innovative Leadership, Teacher Retention
8 Elements For Improving Teacher Retention

As we work with hundreds of school and district leaders, we often hear that staff...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
What Donuts Can Teach Schools and Teams About Lasting Change

“And we both hit our goal weight!” 

“That’s amazing! So how did you celebrate?”

“We...

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10 Reasons We’re Excited to Attend the Responsive Conference

This year, four of us from Education Elements (Megan Katie, Jill, and Keara) will be...

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Stakeholder Engagement and Change 4 Steps to Effective Engagement
Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Strategic Planning
Stakeholder Engagement and Change: 4 Steps to Effective Engagement During Strategic Planning

At Education Elements, we pride ourselves on being a responsive organization. Like...

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Personalized Learning
The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning: Laying the Foundation

The back to school season is upon us. While teachers are busy setting up, and...

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Classrooms, Personalized Learning
How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

Last year, a group of educators sat down with engineers from a well-known technology...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
Leading Change? Start by Talking About What You Value

As any great leader pursuing innovation in education knows, having a clear “why” for...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
A Superintendent's Quest to Marry Equity and Personalized Learning

Equity and personalized learning share quite a bit of common ground. They each...

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Classrooms, Personalized Learning
Feedback for Every Teacher to Boost Student Engagement

Take a look inside a high school physics teacher’s classroom. In her fifth year, Ms....

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Strategic Planning
What Exercising 6000 Miles Taught Us About Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Habits

I released my body weight and fell to the ground. My aching shoulders wouldn't let...

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Innovative Leadership
10 Leadership Development Books to Read Before School's in Session

We are big readers here at Education Elements, with book clubs and recommendations...

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The 4 Biggest Questions You Need to Ask Before You Start District Strategic Planning
Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Strategic Planning
The 4 Biggest Questions You Need to Ask Before You Start District Strategic Planning

In The New School Rules, Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black write that every...

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Principals Journey to Personalized Learning
Innovative Leadership
The Principals' Journey to Personalized Learning

We are Personalized - This was the number one goal in our new District Strategic...

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Avoid the 49 Degree Rule 4 Ways to Put People Before Policies
Innovative Leadership
Avoid the 49 Degree Rule: 4 Ways to Put People Before Policies

Sometimes, the really thought-provoking stuff just lands in your lap...or in the...

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Innovative Leadership
Redefining Professional Development: Educators as Leaders and Learners

It’s mid-May at Baychester Academy, a public elementary school in the Bronx’s...

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Innovative Leadership, Teams & Culture
The “It” Factor with Running Team Meetings

Think back to a recent meeting you were in when you pondered why you were a part of...

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School Districts
Do You Need an Education Consultant?

“Working with consultants isn’t cheap - how do we know if it’s what we need?” We...

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Classrooms
The Future of Classroom Technology Tools

Predicting the future of classroom technology trends empowers teachers and school...

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Getting Personal About Competency-Based Education
Competency-Based Education
Getting Personal About Competency-Based Education

When I tell friends and family about the types of projects I’m working on with...

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Innovative Leadership, Teacher Retention
How Do You Shift the Role of the Teacher as a Leader?

During the last 100 years in the workforce, we needed farmers and factory workers;...

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PL Summit 2019: Where We Built Networks to Transform Education

It's been almost exactly 2 weeks since the 5th Annual Personalized Learning Summit...

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The Lucky Generation: Why So Sad?

Never before has a generation had so much and seemingly wanted for so little. An...

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Innovative Leadership
Casting a Shadow that Creates a Winning District

Behavior counts. How employees and students are treated and whether they feel...

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5 Ingredients that Spark Joy and Productivity at Work

I am a newlywed who has just returned from a glorious 2.5-week vacation for my...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
How School Leaders Can Empower Every Teacher to Be a Leader on Campus

Imagine a school in which every classroom you enter, you’ll find curious, joyful...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
Becoming An Innovative Teacher Leader With Innovative Leader Competencies

In 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that educators were leaving the teaching...

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Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 4 - An Interview With a Design Expert for Google's Education Tools

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts, Teacher Retention
Appreciate Teachers Year-Round by Developing a Culture of Innovation

It’s that time of year again. Wildflowers are blooming (at least here in Texas!)....

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Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 3 - An Interview With an Elementary Educator

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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Personalized Learning
Choice Boards, Playlists, Pathways...Oh My!

For many districts and schools, choice boards, playlists, and pathways are used...

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Flexible Content & Tools - Part 2 - An Interview With an Instructional Coach at Kipp
Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 2 - An Interview With an Instructional Coach at KIPP

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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4 Things to Understand About Education Consulting

As Education Elements continues to grow, I’ve been privy to the hiring process. I...

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Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 1 - An Interview With Newsela’s Chief Content Officer

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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It’s Not About Gaps, It’s About Educator Debts

I was at a professional learning session about learning design this week when I...

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School Districts, School Leadership
Framework 3 Pillars to Build On When Opening a New School

Planning and opening a new school is an exciting yet daunting task. As a leader of a...

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Communication, District Leadership, Teams & Culture
Framework Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 3: Social Media

One of the major issues that schools face is engaging with parents, community, and...

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Innovative Leadership, School Districts
Personalized Learning and the Shift from a Pedagogy of Poverty to a Pedagogy of Plenty

A few months ago I attended ICLE’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta and heard Dr....

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Takeaways for School Districts from the Latest Happenings at Harvard
Innovative Leadership, School Districts
Takeaways for School Districts from the Latest Happenings at Harvard

Last August, my Education Elements “familEE” of consultants and district partners...

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Don’t Look Now but the 21st Century is Behind You!

Five years ago, our team partnered with the Economist Group to conduct a study where...

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The Greatest Challenge to School Innovation
Innovative Leadership
The Greatest Challenge to School Innovation

When school leaders want to bring innovative practices to classrooms, what's the...

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Innovative Leadership
3 Keys to Creating a More Agile School District

In 2012, Google began studying how workers can transform productivity by examining...

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