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Published just four times a year, this newsletter was created by personalized learning leaders, for personalized learning leaders. In this issue, learn from author and founder/CEO of Education Elements, the founder of an education nonprofit, and a district superintendent, as well as a new podcast. Enjoy!


Elements of Change - New Leadership Podcast

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The new podcast from Education Elements brings you stories from education leaders like you, on making transformational change in schools and districts. Whatever your role on your team, you'll gain lessons, insight, and inspiration to support your efforts in shaping the future of education.



Lessons Learned: One Company’s Journey to Becoming a More Responsive Organization

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By Anthony Kim, author of The NEW School Rules and founder/CEO of Education Elements

I have led several companies but the workplace and teams today are uniquely more interconnected than they were in past organizations. So three years ago I decided I needed a new approach to how I organized our team and approach at Education Elements, which was founded in 2010.



It’s 2018 – Do You Know Where Your Personalized Learners Are?

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By Don Soifer, Founder and President of Nevada Action for School Options

Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about. Success depends on the ways schools support teachers: providing them with effective professional development focused on making the plan work; embracing their iterations and experiments as they work to continually improve their practices; and ultimately putting them in the position to succeed in targeting instruction, interventions and enrichment, including with actionable information to support personalizing learning for all students.



How Districts Can Inform EdTech Companies to Make Better Products

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By Ken Wallace, Superintendent Maine Township HSD 207

Innovation often requires leading, not following, in technology advancement.

I was involved in two important decisions in 2007 while serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Maine Township High School District 20 in Illinois. First, needing a new Director of Technology to help us advance technology into an essential role to improve learning, I hired a talented young man named Dr. Hank Thiele.




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