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Personalized Learning Summit 2017

May 10-12, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

Lodging and Conference at the InterContinental
San Francisco Hotel

January 8, 2017
An Open Letter to Appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos
Over the last fifteen years, I have been directly involved in supporting a diverse mix of charters, virtual schools, and public school districts. All of it with a lens around expanding opportunities around choice, voice, path and place to create the best possible outcome for those our decisions impact most: the students.Read More
November 22, 2016
How do teachers know if they are getting personalized learning right?
With myriad definitions of personalized learning and little agreement on which one is the best, leaders and teachers struggle to know if they are doing personalized learning “right.”

It is often hard both for the teacher in the classroom, as well as the leader or coach observing him or her, to understand if...

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November 22, 2016
Fairbanks pioneers personalized learning for Alaska
Education Elements, which builds and supports dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, is excited to partner with Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to design and implement personalized learning across all its elementary and secondary schools over the next three years...Read More
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November 18, 2016
Adapting Core To Our Schools - And Yours
A few weeks into the first month of school, I stopped in at the high school’s Career Center to have a chat with the director. I asked him what he thought the center’s biggest successes were in terms of finding career opportunities for the students. He asked me if it was okay for him to take the district’s CORE framework and add three more Cs...
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Education Elements on Getting Smart
November 2, 2016
EdTech 10: Innovation for Equity
The Getting Smart team is back in the office after an inspiring week at the iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium. The focus of this year’s event was “Innovation for Equity.” Check out this collection of top tweets that shows how the more than 3500 participants met that goal.

Meanwhile, in Anaheim, the annual Educause Conference brought together...

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Education Elements featured on the Journal
October 27, 2016
Education Elements Launches Platform to Manage Personalized Learning Initiatives

Education Elements is launching Touchpoint, a new tool designed to support districts as they manage personalized learning initiatives.

A complement to the company's consulting services, Touchpoint is designed to improve communication and aggregate resources...

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On Yahoo, Education Elements unveils its new personalized learning tool
October 26, 2016
Education Elements Unveils New Product Designed to Align District Teams Around Their Personalized Learning Initiatives
As part of this year's iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio, Texas, Education Elementswill unveil its new tool designed to support districts managing personalized learning initiatives, in addition to facilitating six workshops alongside districts from across the country, at an invitation-only launch party this evening...Read More
October 16, 2016
The Biggest Challenge to Personalized Learning is Getting Buy-In

Until recently, one of the only things people talking about personalized learning could agree upon was that there was nothing standardized about it. There is no single accepted definition, nor is there a single right approach or way to measure its impact.

But in a recent study of 450 educators, including ...

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Education Elements on Edsurge
September 23,2016
How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning
This profile is the second in a series from the EdSurge Research team, which has spent the past six months studying the market of service providers that support schools through the redesign process. Bringing about change in schools is complex. There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these...Read More
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September 16, 2016
New Evidence That Personalized Learning Can Produce Powerful Results
Education Elements, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy emerging as a national leader in the design and implementation of personalized learning, is out with fresh, forceful evidence that well-designed, effectively implemented, pedagogically driven personalized learning can yield inspiring educational outcomes...Read More
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September 14, 2016
Education Elements Impact Report Finds Big Gains in Student Achievement
Since 2010 Education Elements has been trying to find the right mix of ingredients to make personalized learning happen in more than 500 schools across 100 districts. Last week it released its 2015-2016 Impact Report, which claims that these students saw more than 100 percent growth in math and reading according to the NWEA MAP...Read More
September 7, 2016
EdTech 10: Practice Future Now

“Practice future now.” That’s GEF’s advice that Tom shared in one of many recent blogs exploring the modern workforce and its implications.

And while we’re excited to see education innovations continue to build momentum in classrooms across the country as a new school year begins, we think there are some important topics that aren’t yet “front of mind” for educators and education leaders.

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August 22, 2016
Blended 2.0 shifts learning in schools
A third-grader studying the Spanish settlement of California found a virtual tour online and shared the trip with her classmates by slipping a smartphone into a Google Cardboard viewing device.

Such limitless online resources represent a big, blended leap beyond the essays students in Coalinga-Huron USD in Central California used to write. Blended learning for the district’s 4,400 students began three years ago, and in the past year has gravitated to blended 2.0, says Joe Casarez, associate superintendent for instructional services...

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July 28, 2016
Why Traditional Schooling Can't Prepare Students for the Modern Workplace

By Anthony Kim

Everywhere I look, I see forecasts calling for dramatic shifts in the workplace, jobs and the requirements for those jobs.

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The observer
July 27, 2017
Dundee Moves to "Personalized Learning"
Some school districts in the area are looking at a more specialized way of teaching that focuses on individual students. Dubbed as personalized or blended learning, the new method seeks to utilize data and technology to more rapidly assess and address the needs of students on a day to day basis. While some school districts are just in the beginning phases of looking at personalized learning, the Dundee Central School District will be implementing this program for all of its students in the upcoming 2016-17 school year...Read More
July 14, 2016
Cool Tool | Highlight from Education Elements
In today’s best blended classrooms, students and teachers use a variety of digital content and tools to improve student outcomes. This presents new challenges to schools: simplifying access for students; making it possible for teachers to review and act on data from all of these tools; managing accounts and passwords for multiple products and knowing which classrooms and schools are using each product...Read More
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July 13, 2016
Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning
At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and reflection. We believe teachers should be designers of their classrooms...Read More
July 13, 2016
Nation's First District-Wide Blended Program Set to Enter Year 2

A year after a Yuma, AZ district introduced an iPad 1-to-1 program into grades K-8, at least one of its schools is seeking grant money to set up a program that would provide activities before and after school for students as well as classes for parents.

During the 2015-2016 school year Yuma Elementary School District One used $4.8 million in bond dollars to outfit all 9,000 students with access to the tablet computing devices...

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Personalized Learning at Yuma district One
July 12, 2016
District One sees positives in personalized learning plan with iPads

Oh, the things that technology can do.

Yuma School District One is closing out the first year of its “personalized learning” initiative, which put an iPad in the hands of every student in the district last fall thanks to a bond passed by voters in the fall of 2014.

In a world dominated by technology, said Director of Learning Services Rindy Ward...

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Personalized learning in Finger Lakes
July 10, 2016
The ‘One Initiative’ initiative

By Don Bavis, Superintendent of Marion Central School District.

In my opinion, many school districts attempt to implement too many initiatives, too often and without enough clarity on how each fits into the greater scheme of the overall instructional program. Something I refer to as “initiativitis.” It’s nobody’s fault.With the constant changes in state curriculums and assessments, and the frequent onslaught of the newest “research-based, best practice,” districts struggle to keep up..

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June 02, 2016
The Lexington Institute Graduates Its Second Cohort of Personalized Learning Fellows
Ten school district leaders from across the country celebrated their completion of theLexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) fellowship program in personalized learning today. This exclusive program brings these leaders together to learn from each other and leaders in personalized learning and allows them to develop expertise that they can bring to their district to improve the learning environments and opportunities... Read More
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May 27, 2016
Aprendizaje personalizado mejora educación para el distrito uno

YUMA, Ariz. – El Distrito 1 esta asegurando que estudiantes tengan la mejor educación con una nueva iniciativa llamada Aprendizaje Personalizado que identifica areas donde necesitan ayuda.

Este año escolar fue el primer año que el distrito agrego aprendizaje personalizado, es decir, una iniciativa que se basa on...

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May 19, 2016
More than 250 Innovative District Leaders Come Together at Education Elements’ Second Annual Personalized Learning Summit
The Personalized Learning Summit brings together more than 250 district leaders at various stages of their personalized learning journeys to share best practices and learn from each other and experts through two days of innovation tours, keynote speakers, and interactive workshops.Read More
May 2, 2016
Achieve3000 Webinar Alert: The Personalized Learning Playbook: Best Practices Webinar

WHAT: Webinar on Personalization and Differentiation in a Blended Learning Model

WHO: Anthony Kim, CEO and Founder of Education Element and author of “The Personalized Learning Playbook”

The webinar host will be Anthony Kim, CEO and Founder of Education Elements and author of the book “The Personalized Learning Playbook: Why the Time is Now … and How to Do It.”

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The journal
April 27, 2016
Highlight Personalized Learning Platform Adds New Content Providers
Education Elements has added three more curated content providers to the list of about two dozen other providers that teachers and students can access via its personalized learning platform Highlight.Read More
April 20, 2016
Modern Software Podcast: How Education Elements Used New Relic to Slash Its Cloud Costs
The cloud offers big benefits to companies of all sizes. But to maximize the value and power of the cloud, you need to know how well it’s performing for you. That’s what Education Elements found out when the personalized learning company installed New Relic to monitor its use of Amazon Web Services...Read More
April 08, 2016
Edtech Will Reach Its Full Potential in Public Schools, Not Charters

By Suzanne R. Alka

On the surface, it may seem like charter schools are the ideal testing grounds for educational technology. They’re designed to be small and nimble. These “incubators of innovation,” asPresident Obama called them, are able to quickly try out new ideas.But in the journey towards successfully implementing educational technology in classrooms, the tortoise may outpace the hare. 

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Digital Promise
March 29. 2016
What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

By Amy Jenkins

If there is one thing I know about school districts, it is that each is unique with its own strengths, challenges, goals, political context and quirky qualities. But if there is another thing I have learned, it is that despite the differences, there are things that hold true.

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March 22, 2016
Shift To Digital: Classroom 'Look Fors'


The most important things to look for as evidence of the shift to blended and personalized learning are in the classroom. Statements of vision and system strategies, but the bottom line is how teachers and learners experience the change.

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March 10, 2016
Announcing the Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowships Third Cohort
We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the third class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellows.  Applications are online here and will remain open through April 10th. The LELA fellowship remains the only national initiative designed specifically to support public school district leaders...Read More
February 16, 2016
How John King can help schools truly become future ready

Most recognize the role of technology as an equalizer for information and access. Yet, it is amazing that only 2,000 out of 13,000 superintendents signed the Future Ready Schools pledge.


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February 9, 2016
Education IT: Hot Tech Trends To Watch

Cloud, big data, and security are all big factors in education IT this year. At the same time, there is a cultural shift taking place not only among the student body, but within the demographics of the IT departments themselves.


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January 13, 2016
A Successful Personalized Learning Initiative: Lessons Learned

By Dr. Dena Cushenberry, Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township

It's tempting to believe that money can solve all your problems--especially if you're a school superintendent. I'll never forget the moment my school district won its Race to the Top district grant from the federal government in 2012. 28.6 million dollars!

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Education Elements on Edweek
January 11, 2016
Adaptive Digital Curricula Lagging in Science, Social Studies
Educators have much to choose from when they're looking for adaptive digital curricula to personalize learning for math or English/language arts. But those who want high-quality, adaptive offerings for science and social studies have a limited menu of options.Read More
January 11, 2016
Four ways to make Zuckerberg’s $45B investment in personalized learning count
Like many in the education world, I was excited to read the recent announcement by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan regarding their significant investment in personalized learning.

From working in the edtech space for many years, I’ve observed ...

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January 1, 2016
Data Dashboards a High Priority in National Ed-Tech Plan

The National Education Technology Plan released in December 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education emphasizes a high priority for states, school districts, and educational technology companies to expand and improve the use of learning, or data, dashboards...


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Education Elements at TechCrunch on Personalized Learning
December 13, 2015
School Districts Are Standing In The Way Of Public School Edtech

If personalized learning is to become the dominant paradigm for education in the U.S., more school districts are going to need to follow their path independently, via broader cultural change. The future of education — and of the personalized learning model — depends on it... 

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November 3, 2015
Education Elements Announces Expanded Partner Catalog and Integration Development Kit for its Personalized Learning Platform

More partners and faster integrations for Education Elements’s personalized learning platform, Highlight, will meet the growing needs of districts for advanced personalized learning models and effective digital content... 

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Michael Horn joins Education Elements , article by edsurge
October 27, 2015
Michael Horn’s Next Disruptive Moves

Now Horn is adding another hat to his collection: He will serve on the board of directors at Education Elements, which provides consulting, implementation and technology services to help K-12 schools run blended learning models...


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July 19, 2015
Personalized Learning for Every Student with Highlight

Highlight from Education Elements is a cloud based personalized learning platform (PLP) being used in over 100 schools across the country serving more than 60,000 students.

So what makes a PLP different than an LMS? Anthony Kim had this to say on the Education Elements blog about the job of the PLP: 

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April 23, 2015
Fulton County Schools Launches 3-Year Personalized Learning Transition

Education Elements is supporting Fulton County Schools in transforming its 101 schools into personalized learning environments.

"Fulton County Schools (FCS) is launching an initiative to turn its 101 schools into personalized learning environments..."

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September 18, 2014
Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended- Learning Schools Shine

Michael Horn highlights examples of districts where blended learning is working well.

"As schools swing back into session, stories of mismanaged 1-to-1 computing initiatives in schools are filling the news—and unsurprisingly so in many cases, as I wrote back in 2011. But there are plenty of good “edtech” stories, too, worth highlighting..." 

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November 5, 2015
Great News About the Lexington Education Leadership Award National Fellowship for Personalized Learning Accepts Two More Superintendent Finalists to Attend the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Just one week before the iNACOL 2015 Blended and Online Learning Synoposium the Lexington InstituteRead More
October 27, 2015
Design Thinking for Personalized Learning: 5 Strategies for Effective Whole School Design

Technology has drastically and quickly changed the way we live, work and play. It has also opened new doors for how we learn, teach and engage. Developing a personalized path for students that engage them more deeply and accelerate their learning is not only possible, but necessary... 

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October 22, 2015
In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First--Devices Second

By Ken Eastwood, Superintendent, Middletown City School District, NY

In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We're "detracking" students previously sorted by ability. We're mainstreamingthose with special needs. And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English... 

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August 28, 2014
What it Actually Takes For Schools To ‘Go Digital’

Statesville, N.C. – As a hazy morning sun rises over the rural farm community surrounding North Iredell Middle School, the students take their seats and lift their MacBooks to start the school day. Soon, the glow of hundreds of screens illuminates each face in every classroom...


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February 1, 2014
The Intelligence of Education Elements

Michael Horn discusses breakthrough blended learning proof points.

"As K–12 blended learning has grown, efforts have popped upacross the country to create breakthrough proof points that stretch our collective understanding of what is possible for students."...


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