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Chris Sturgis - Guest Author

Co-Founder CompetencyWorks and Philanthropic Strategic Advisor. Chris is also a writer and consultant with expertise in philanthropy, education and youth issues, and community engagement.

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Ed Elements in the News  |  Mentions

The Day in a Life Student in a Personalized, Competency-Based School

Mike Wolking, currently completing an Axford Fellowship while on leave from Education Elements, sent me a summary of a short investigation he completed in how a student spends their day. He followed a student in a New Zealand secondary school for a day and tracked her activities. As I read through the summary, I thought it might be a helpful way to begin to think about the quality of personalized, competency-based education. This type of data could be useful for reflection and opening up conversations about where there might be opportunities for strengthening instruction, assessment, and learning experiences as well as identifying where operational policies or organizational habits are getting in the way. One would have to also consider the question: How do we think a student should spend their time in order to optimize learning and development?

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EE in the news  |  Ed Elements in the News  |  Organizational Leadership & Change Management

The NEW School Rules

After reading in the The Culture Code about the strategy for creating high-performing teams by establishing a set of simple rules to guide complex decisions (heuristics), I decided to pick up The New School Rules by Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black of Ed Elements. The six new rules for helping schools to become more responsive are: Plan for change, not perfection. Build trust and allow authority to spread. Define the work before you define the people. Aim for “safe enough to try” rather than consensus. Harness the flow and let information go. Schools grow when people grow.

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The Core Four of Personalized Learning

The Core Four of Personalized Learning

This white paper includes a framework, actionable ideas and insights from districts who have successfully implemented personalized learning, to help you get started.

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