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Dr. Ross Kasun - Guest Author

Dr. Ross Kasun is currently serving in his seventh year as the Superintendent for the Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey and was chosen as the 2017 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. Students being leaders of their own learning is a cornerstone of his vision. For his efforts to use technology to foster personalized learning, Dr. Kasun was chosen to participate in the first cohort for the Lexington Education Leadership Award. This six month Fellowship helped create a vision that transformed learning throughout the district.

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Team Effort Paves Way for Personalized Learning

As a leader in a school system today, it can be difficult to make the choice to move forward with a districtwide change, knowing that the team around you may not fully endorse your decision. For us, the implementation of personalized learning across Freehold Township Schools in New Jersey was a move we knew would require all hands on-deck. It was the best decision for our students, and our teachers were going to be the ones making major changes to their lessons. Because of this, we made sure to include many teachers in the process from the start—building excitement and early buy-in for the work. This is how we made change happen—and how you can, too. Make it fun As we embarked on our journey, the first activity we performed as a team was the Marshmallow Challenge—to show the power of iteration and that it is OK to fail forward. For those unfamiliar with it, the Marshmallow Challenge is a team-building activity where you are given 18 minutes to build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow. When the time runs out,the structure must be standing with ... 

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