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Welcome to the first volume of the Personalized Learning in New York Newsletter!

This quarterly newsletter connects New York state, district and school leaders of personalized learning, as well as those interested in starting the work.

Want to be featured? Want to speak with a district or BOCES doing amazing work?
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Wow! New York is on fire with the desire to personalize learning for students! Currently, 18 districts and 2 BOCES are rethinking their school structures and instructional approach to ensure that over 45,000 students get what they need, when they need it. We’re thrilled to work with such a bold and inspiring group of leaders!

Want to hear directly from your colleagues about their experience? Read our Q&A with district and school leaders from five different districts.

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Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 9.02.56 AM.png In September, the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES kicked off their second personalized learning consortium! Three districts and the BOCES instructional programs attended a foundations workshop on personalized learning. Currently 12 districts in the BOCES are working with Education Elements to bring personalized learning to their students!

The Enlarged City School District of Middletown


The Enlarged City School District of Middletown begins its fifth school year with personalized learning. With all teachers trained in personalized learning, the district is working with Education Elements to create a robust resource bank to support both novice and experienced teachers. Middletown is a personalized learning pioneer not only in the state but also the nation.



Syracuse City School District

Syracuse NEW.png Syracuse City School District invited Anthony Kim, CEO & Founder of Education Elements, to be a keynote speaker at the district’s Summer Summit. Anthony spoke to hundreds of teachers and leaders about the connections between personalized learning and culturally relevant education.

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Julie Ball, second grade teacher at Barringer Road Elementary School in Central Valley School District, started the year incorporating flexible seating and student choice in her classroom. Follow Julie on Twitter at @livelove_teach2!



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Shout-out to districts in the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES for starting a cross-district collaborative on personalized learning! The collaborative was inspired by the leadership team at Dundee Central School who hosted teachers, coaches, and district leaders from Geneva City School District, Marion Central School District, and Penn Yan Central School District. Participants shared their tips and tricks for personalized learning in their classrooms, and then followed a consultancy protocol to work through struggles they have had with implementing personalized learning. The group plans to reconvene several times this year.

Participants shared:

  • "I learned a ton from several teachers who were further along than I regarding playlists, blended space, and providing individual learning paths.”
  • “Others are in the same boat and it was nice to have other teachers interested in what I was doing around PL."
For more information about the collaborative, contact Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck at


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Personalized Learning is in full force in Romulus Central School! Teachers, students, parents and administrators are “ALL IN” with talking about, working with and growing skill sets which are drastically changing the district’s instructional practice.

Romulus credits their focus on teacher input with the success and continued positivity for personalized learning. Romulus tapped six teachers to join the administrative staff to serve on the “PL Council,” or leadership team.

On October 23, the Romulus team will present at the School Administrator’s Association of New York State (SAANYS) annual conference in Cooperstown, NY. If you are at the conference, please consider joining the Romulus team at 11am in the Natty Room for “21st Century, Student-Centered Education in Action.” Contact Lynn Rhone at for more information.



Our final shoutout goes to Gananda Central School District which has started the year hosting "PL Hangouts" with cohorts of teachers. The purpose of the hangouts is to ask questions, and to share ideas and resources. Teachers have discussed goal setting, flexible seating, station rotations, and fitting the NYS modules into this work.

As Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and Project Lead Kelly Van Laeken shared, “We’ve had unbelievably high level collegial conversations!  Everyone walked out having learned something from each other in less than 50 minutes.” For ideas on how to run PL Hangouts, contact Kelly at




Marion Central School District

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Keeping Personalized Learning a Priority, Finger Lake Times, July 2017 (Marion CSD)

Marion Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Nick Ganster provides an honest reflection on his efforts to keep PL “the main thing.”


Central Valley School District

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Central Valley Teachers Receive a Lesson in Personalized Learning, Times Telegram, Aug 2017 (Central Valley CSD)

Central Valley CSD starts the school year by training their second cohort of teachers in personalized learning. Includes an inspirational video of last year’s work at their elementary school!

The Council of School Superintendents

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NYSCOSS Councilgram, Aug 2017 (Education Elements)

Confused about what personalized learning is or is not? Read our article in the Summer volume of the NYSCOSS Councilgram (p. 6). Education Elements is a Signature Partner of The Council.




November 19-20, 2017
Education Elements District Superintendents' Information Session
Albany, NY


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