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How to rethink district roles to support blended and personalized learning
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By: Keara Mascareñaz on June 26th, 2018

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How to rethink district roles to support blended and personalized learning

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At Education Elements, we’re really lucky to support the design and implementation of blended and personalized learning across more than 700 schools and districts around the country. In this work, we’re often asked, “How do we set up teams to build our internal capacity and support the implementation, scale, and deepening of blended and personalized learning?”

We usually start by recommending that districts think about how to set up a layered support structure to create distributed leadership and a feedback loop between school and district teams. As pictured below, we think that most districts need to establish a core Project Team (typically 1-3 people) to drive the work forward day-to-day; a heterogeneous District Council (typically 10-12 people) to set strategy, provide diverse perspectives, and serve as a core decision-making body; and a School Personalized Learning (PL) Leadership Team (typically 4-6 people) at each school site to distribute leadership across the principal, coaches, and teachers, and lead the design and implementation of blended- and personalized-learning models.

This article originally appeared on the Blended Learning Universe blog. Access the whole article here.

About Keara Mascareñaz

Keara is a Managing Partner at Education Elements who focuses on how to build and scale a culture of innovation in large systems, how to create national communities of collaboration, and how to keep laughing when pursuing daunting, large-scale changes. She was lucky to collaborate with co-authors Alexis Gonzales-Black and Anthony Kim to design the website and toolkit for The NEW School Rules: 6 Practices for Responsive and Thriving Schools.

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