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Boldly Reimagining What is Possible Planning Your Return to School Resource LP Cover
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White Paper Boldly Reimagining What is Possible: Planning Your Return to School

Download the second part in a series focused on planning your return to school to learn...

Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-21 Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-21

Learn about how we approach planning for a return through a responsive lens that allows you to...

Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan
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White Paper Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Learn how to use responsive practices to plan your district's return, with a four-step process for...

The First 20 Days of Virtual Learning Resource LP Cover
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Guide The First 20 Days of Virtual Learning

A tool for all teachers PreK-12, from those who are new to implementing virtual learning to those...

Best Practices for Digital Learning for Students Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Best Practices for Digital Learning for Students

Share tips with students on navigating virtual learning environments.

Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan
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Guide Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Get an introduction to responsive practices to plan your district's return, with a...

The Impact of Equity From Cradle to Careers Resource LP Cover
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Webinar The Impact of Equity: From Cradle to Careers

What will equity look like for the next generation of students and citizens? The one absent voice...

Building and Sustaining a Remote Work Culture Resource LP Cover
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Guide Building and Sustaining a Remote Work Culture

Apply our team's expertise in remote work culture to your team's new WFH reality.

Rethinking Teacher Support in Response to COVID-19
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Webinar Rethinking Teacher Support in Response to COVID-19

While our school buildings are closed, learning is still happening and teachers are still teaching....

Creating Strategic Planning Teams Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Creating Strategic Planning Teams

It is crucial to evaluate the people you need to engage in order to have a richly representative...

Best Practices for Virtual Facilitation and Learning
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Webinar Best Practices for Virtual Facilitation and Learning

There are several best practices that lead to efficient, effective, and yes, even joyful virtual...

Strategic Planning Stakeholder Engagement Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Strategic Planning Stakeholder Engagement Guide

As you begin a new initiative or initiate your strategic planning process it is essential to engage...

Boldly Reimagining What is Possible Designing for More Equitable Schools Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Boldly Reimagining What Is Possible: Designing for More Equitable Schools

As we consider how school might look in the coming months and years, we must pause to consider what...

A Panel on Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021 Resource LP Cover
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Webinar A Panel on Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021

Leaders from three districts share their process of return to school planning, practical tips on...

Rituals for Remote School: A Conversation with David Hardy & Jaime Casap
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Webinar Rituals for Remote School: A Conversation with David Hardy & Jaime Casap

We explore how schools and districts are now thinking about rituals, as well as suggestions for...

The Responsive Org Playbook
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eBook The Responsive Org Playbook

Leaders struggle to improve how their teams collaborate, make decisions, and achieve their goals....

Personalized Learning + Social-Emotional Learning Resource LP Cover
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Brief Personalized Learning + Social-Emotional Learning

A brief that illustrates how to use the Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning to align...

How Can We Help Our Students Breathe? A Virtual Panel Discussion
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Webinar How Can We Help Our Students Breathe? Virtual Panel Discussion

Join a panel discussion led by TABSE (the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators) that will...

Personalized Learning Classroom Walkthrough Resource LP Cover
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Guide Personalized Learning Classroom Walkthrough

Intended to support, not evaluate, this tool helps you to set goals for teachers based on the Core...

The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

A tool for all teachers PreK-12, from those who are new to implementing personalized learning to...

Personalized Learning + Project-Based Learning Resource LP Cover
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Brief Personalized Learning + Project-Based Learning

A brief that illustrates how to use the Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning to align...

The 8 Design Elements of Teacher Retention Resource LP Cover
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Infographic The 8 Design Elements of Teacher Retention

This is an introduction to the eight key design elements to consider at a system-level when working...

How COVID-19 has Exposed Education in-Equities Resource LP Cover
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Webinar How COVID-19 has Exposed Education in-Equities

Bold thinkers, action-oriented leaders addressing the inequities in the here and now, and what...

Setting Design Parameters for Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Setting Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

As schools and districts shift to personalized learning, creating alignment across classrooms and...

Core Four Continuum of Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Guide Core Four Continuum of Personalized Learning

The continuum presents the various activities which educators can undertake in the classroom in...

Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders
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White Paper Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders

This white paper will help create an inclusive and effective dialogue to get families and other...

5 Ingredients to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your District
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Infographic 5 Ingredients to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your District

While innovation is important, it can be intimidating to embark on a journey of change. Learn how...

Playlist Building 101
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Guide Playlist Building 101

Playlists are an effective personalized learning tool for classrooms. This guide will help...

Understanding & Developing New School Models Part 1
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White Paper Understanding & Developing New School Models Part 1

The paper focuses on four areas of change which have the biggest impact on modernizing existing...

Core Four of Personalized Learning for Parents An Overview
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Brief Core Four of Personalized Learning for Parents: An Overview

Parents will learn about techniques employed by instructors at the classroom level to empower...

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Framework Personalized Learning Models for Secondary Schools

The following infographic will show you three base personalized learning models for districts and...

District Case Study Yuma District One AZ Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Yuma District One, Arizona

For 10 consecutive years, Yuma faced declining enrollment. The district wanted to be the...

Best Practices for Communicating with Families During Crisis
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Guide Best Practices for Communicating With Families During Crisis

In our role of serving as a support to students, it’s important that we are mindful of the ways...

Teacher Guide: Best Practices For Closing The School Year Virtually
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Guide Teacher Guide: Best Practices For Closing The School Year Virtually

Whether practicing social distancing amidst a crisis or reimagining celebrations in virtual...

Trauma Informed Leadership: Building Resilient School Communities
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Webinar Trauma Informed Leadership: Building Resilient School Communities

The current circumstances are demanding more from us, and from our organizations than ever before....

Using Technology to Support Learning
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Point of View Using Technology to Support Learning

Introducing modern technology into classrooms and schools can seem like a daunting task. See what...

Classroom Communication for Now and for What's Next
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Webinar Classroom Communication for Now and for What's Next

Communication has always been an essential skill for teachers. This webinar is designed for...

Leadership at All Levels: Strategies for Increasing Your Impact as a Teacher Leader
innovative leadership
Webinar Leadership at All Levels: Strategies for Increasing Your Impact as a Teacher Leader

With the future of our education system remaining uncertain, teachers are positioned to make a...

COVID-19 Retrospective - Looking in the Mirror
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Webinar COVID-19 Retrospective - Looking in the Mirror

Join our webinar to learn more about what we tried and what we learned over the last 60 days: the...

6 Ways to Increase Collaboration During (Virtual) PD
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Webinar 6 Ways to Increase Collaboration During (Virtual) PD

Are you looking for some fun ways to add collaboration to your virtual PD? We share our favorite...

Supporting Schools To Enhance Remote Learning
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Webinar Supporting Schools To Enhance Remote Learning

This webinar will share a process to enhance remote learning to be as meaningful as possible by...

Strategic Planning Prioritization Exercise Sheet
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Workout Strategic Planning Prioritization Exercise Sheet

Use this workout alongside our Strategic Planning Prioritization Guide to help your team build a...

Take a Chance: A Discussion About Bringing Equity To The Remote Work Environment
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Webinar Take a Chance: A Discussion About Bringing Equity To The Remote Work Environment

As workplaces and spaces have moved to the web, so have our work habits. This new perspective could...

Responsive Coaching: Listening and Engaging Through Crisis
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Webinar Responsive Coaching: Listening and Engaging Through Crisis

In this webinar, coaches will learn how to utilize a responsive communication cycle and tools for...

Creating Culture, Connections, and Community for District Leaders Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Creating Culture, Connections and Community for District Leaders

District leaders were asked to transition everything they would normally do within their school...

Building & Sustaining Responsive Virtual Cultures as a Coach
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Webinar Building & Sustaining Responsive Virtual Cultures as a Coach

Join us as we share practices and ideas from around the country on how to leverage responsive...

Strategies for supporting SEL in Virtual Learning Settings
social and emotional learning, virtual learning
Guide Strategies for supporting SEL in Virtual Learning Settings

Educators can use these strategies to work toward meeting students’ social-emotional needs in...

SEL and the Shift to Virtual Learning
social and emotional learning, virtual learning
Webinar SEL and the Shift to Virtual Learning

How leaders and educators might need to rethink ways to support students virtually, especially when...

Networks of Learning That Power Change in Georgia
organizational leadership change management
Case Study Networks of Learning that Power Change in Georgia

Here’s how GOSA developed a network to allow schools from across the state to maximize their PL...

Education Elements Annual Report 2018-2019 Resource LP Cover
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Report Education Elements Annual Report 2018-2019

Read about responsive practices that we equipped districts with, to take on their unique challenges...

Personalized Learning Playbook
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eBook Personalized Learning Playbook

Anthony introduces the concept of personalized learning and breaks down three important changes...

Equity in School Closures
equity
Webinar Equity in School Closures

Educators from across the country come together virtually to initiate a conversation about how...

Planning for Long-term Virtual Learning
virtual learning
Webinar Planning for Long-Term Virtual Learning

We share strategies to leverage existing resources and people to create a wider range of meaningful...

The First 20 Days of Virtual Learning
virtual learning
Webinar First 20 Days Of Virtual Learning

Whether you’re trying to maintain learning, move learning forward, or transform the experience for...

Virtual Learning Walks to Support Virtual Instruction
virtual learning
Webinar Virtual Learning Walks to Support Virtual Instruction

it is important to set clear expectations around virtual learning experiences for students and...

Sustaining Innovation Through Transformative Leadership in Middletown NY
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Case Study Sustaining Innovation Through Transformative Leadership in Middletown, NY

After having worked with Education Elements for 5 years to refine its approach to instruction and...

District Case Study Wake County Public School System NC Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Wake County Public School System, NC

Learn how Wake County expanded its network of schools to meet the growing population, opening two...

6 Personalized Learning Risks Districts Should Avoid
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Infographic 6 Personalized Learning Risks Districts Should Avoid

Getting started with personalized learning? Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Strategic Planning Prioritization Guide
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Guide Strategic Planning Prioritization Guide

It's important to “right-size” the number of initiatives - you don’t want to take on too many...

New School Rules Tactical Meeting Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Tactical Meeting Guide - NSR

Tactical meetings are a convenient forum where all circle members are together to sync up on the...

Elements of Teacher Retention Career Pathways Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Career Pathways

Learn strategies to provide teachers with clear pathways for learning, leadership, and promotion.

Innovative Leadership Development Methodology
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Infographic Innovative Leadership Development Methodology

Each framework is comprised of competencies for the respective leadership role — district leader,...

Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity Resource LP Cover
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Video Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity?

Learn how personalized learning can support equity in schools and classrooms. 

Innovative Teacher Leader Competencies
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Infographic Innovative Teachers Competencies

What are the core competencies of teacher leaders? Use this guide to develop yours.

Elements of Teacher Retention Dynamic Recruitment Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Dynamic Recruitment

Learn strategies to attract and select teachers based on an inspiring challenge and clear...

Innovative School Leader Competencies
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Infographic Innovative School Leader Competencies

Use the core competencies of innovative school leaders to flex your leadership muscle and learn to...

What is Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Video What is Personalized Learning?

What is personalized learning, actually? It's not about tech or tools - but about meeting the needs...

District Case Study Fairbanks North Star Borough School District AK Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Fairbanks North Star BoroughSchool District, AK

The rurality and remoteness of Fairbanks could potentially create a gap in preparing the students...

Personalized Learning Instructional Models for Elementary Schools
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Infographic Personalized Learning Instructional Models for Elementary Schools

The following infographic will show you three base personalized learning models for districts and...

Innovative District Leader Competencies
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Infographic Innovative District Leader Competencies

Explore the core competencies of an innovative district leader to develop your skills and better...

District Case Study Metropolitan School District of Warren Township IN Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN

Warren went 1:1 with Chromebooks and implemented new technology in their classrooms. Despite...

Innovative Coaching Competencies Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Innovative Coaching Competencies

Coaches have unique roles and responsibilities in a school - learn the core competencies of...

Personalized Learning and MTSS Resource LP Cover
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Brief How Personalized Learning Aligns with Multi-Tiered System of Support

Explore the role of PL to support, guide, and drive Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in ways...

How to Start With Personalized Learning Resource LP Cover
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Video How to Start with Personalized Learning

A quick intro to how to kickstart personalized learning in your school or district. 

Personalized Learning and Project-Based Learning
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Brief Personalized Learning and Project-Based Learning

Learn how to use the Core Four to align PL and PBL in a way that is tangible for teachers and...

Elements of Teacher Retention Teacher Agency Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Teacher Agency

Learn why it's important to build systems that empower teachers to be decision-makers and...

District Case Study Uinta County School District #1 WY Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Uinta County School District #1, WY

Uinta wanted to better prepare students for college and careers by helping them become...

Education Elements Annual Report 2017-2018 Resource LP Cover
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Report Education Elements Annual Report 2017-2018

These stories represent our work with organizations large and small, in places where we are just...

Communications Planning for Innovation in Education White Paper Resource LP Cover
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White Paper Communications Planning for Innovation in Education

Personalized learning is complicated, and requires clear objectives and effective communications in...

What to Consider When Hiring a Consultant
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Video What to Consider When Hiring a Consultant

One of our partners shares what to look for when hiring a consultant to work with your school or...

Hacks to Improve Your Team
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Video Hacks to Improve Your Team

Some quick tips to improve how your team functions and works together.

How to Begin to Shift Your District Culture
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Video How to Begin to Shift Your District Culture

The culture of your district will impact the culture of your school leadership as well as teachers....

Elements of Teacher Retention Consistent Celebrations Resource LP Cover
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Infographic Elements of Teacher Retention: Consistent Celebrations

Learn why it's important to celebrate learnings and successes regularly across our community - and...

District Case Study Hartford Public Schools CT Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Hartford Public Schools, CT

Hartford is home of high poverty students, dealing with much more issues in life than they...

Why Being a Responsive Org Matters
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Video Why Being a Responsive Org Matters

Responsiveness is key to adapting quickly, innovating, and supporting the needs of our teams and...

District Case Study Horry County Schools SC Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Horry County Schools, SC

Despite outperforming most districts in the state, HCS realized they could do more to raise...

Risks to Avoid When Implementing Personalized Learning
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Video Risks to Avoid When Implementing Personalized Learning

Here are some of the common pitfalls you might encounter when you first embark on your personalized...

Why Innovative Leadership Matters
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Video Why Innovative Leadership Matters

What's the importance of innovating – and leading your team to do the same? Learn how innovative...

How Does Personalized Learning Create a Sense of Belonging
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Video How Does Personalized Learning Create a Sense of Belonging?

Personalizing learning can revolutionize the school and classroom experiences in ore ways than one....

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White Paper The Core Four of Personalized Learning

By focusing on the Core Four elements, teachers, principals, parents, and students will create an...

District Case Study Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES NY Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, NY

The Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES wanted to support the districts in rethinking teaching and...

New School Rules Self Strengths Audit
organizational leadership change management
Guide Self Strengths Audit - The New School Rules

We’ve created this strengths audit to help you gauge your current practice for The New School...

Planning For Change, Not Perfection Sharing Community Updates During A Crisis Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Planning For Change, Not Perfection: Sharing Community Updates During A Crisis

Learn about keeping your strategic plan nimble during times of change. Our team shares a template...

District Case Study Syracuse City School DIstrict NY Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Syracuse City School District, NY

To help focus on individual students’ needs, SCSD worked at the district level to rethink...

District Case Study Racine Unified School District WI Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Racine Unified School District, WI

Learn how RUSD dealt with declining enrollment as students left for other school districts. 

Teacher Guide Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation Resource LP Cover
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Guide Teacher Guide Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation

From preventing Zoom fatigue with bio breaks or DJ’ing our way through independent...

District Case Study Loudoun County Public Schools VA Resource LP Cover
personalized learning, blended learning
Case Study District Case Study: Loudoun County Public Schools

LCPS serves a rapidly growing community, as the county’s population has doubled since 2000....

Personalized Learning Classroom Walkthrough Guide Resource LP Cover
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Guide Personalized Learning Classroom Look-Fors Guide

Our personalized learning classroom walkthrough guide: The Core Four Look Fors helps you to set...

District Case Study Fulton County Schools GA Resource LP Cover
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Case Study District Case Study: Fulton County Schools, GA

FCS spent two years developing a strategic plan and vision for personalized learning. The...

How Do You Know Personalized Learning Works Resource LP Cover
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Video How Do You Know Personalized Learning Works?

What are some clear indicators that signify the success of your personalized learning...

Planning for the New Normal of Teacher Competencies
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Webinar Planning for the New Normal of Teacher Competencies

Join us for a conversation about how we might adjust our recruitment, onboarding, and teacher...

Leaders How Do You Make Learning a Part of Your Organizations DNA Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leaders: How Do You Make Learning a Part of Your Organization's DNA?

During this webinar, participants will learn concrete and actionable strategies to infuse learning...

Rethinking Teams for Return To School Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Part 3: Rethinking Teams for Return To School

Join us for a conversation about the strategies that teams - whether central office or teacher...

Take a Chance Equity in Remote Work Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Take a Chance: Equity in Remote Work Episode 4

Our current normal may not be all that new – or normal for that matter. As workplaces and spaces...

Take a Chance Equity in Remote Work Episode 3 Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Take a Chance: Equity in Remote Work Episode 3

This new perspective could become normal and a good “new normal” if we take the time to ensure that...

Take a Chance Equity in Remote Work Episode 2 Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Take a Chance: Equity in Remote Work Episode 2

This new perspective could become normal and a good “new normal” if we take the time to ensure that...

Joy on the Job Part 2 Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Joy on the Job Part 2

Join members of the Education Elements team and unwind after a day of work with some retro...

The Innovative Leader Workout Plan Healthy Habits From the New School Rules Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar The Innovative Leader Workout Plan:Healthy Habits from theNew School Rules

Keep your innovative leadership habits healthy and strong with some quick New School Rules...

A Moment of Calm for Educators Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar A Moment of Calm for Educators: Meditation and Self-Care for Yourself and Others

Educators have been hard at work taking care of their school community. Today we'd like to share a...

Building a Strong Culture in Times of Change Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Building a Strong Culture in Times of Change

Adapting to remote work can be challenging. As educators, we’re primarily focused on ensuring...

Communicating Through the Next Phase of Your Pandemic Response Webinar Resource LP Cover
organizational leadership change management, communication
Webinar Communicating Through the Next Phase of Your Pandemic Response

This webinar will share key responsive practices to proactively communicate through the next phase...

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers With An Employee Value Proposition Webinar Resource LP Cover
teacher retention
Webinar Recruiting and Retaining Teachers With An Employee Value Proposition

At Education Elements, we have identified 8 elements that must work together to increase teacher...

Focusing on What is Important to Students Right Now Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Focusing on What is Important to Students Right Now

In education, we are all experiencing something unprecedented, the entire national education system...

Trauma-Informed Leadership Building Resilient School Communities Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Trauma-Informed Leadership: Building Resilient School Communities

The current circumstances are demanding more from us, and from our organizations than ever before....

Why Psychological Safety Is More Important Than Ever For A Staff Navigating A Crisis Resource LP Cover
organizational leadership change management
Webinar Why Psychological Safety Is More Important Than Ever For A Staff Navigating A Crisis

Learn real practices you can put into place to create an environment where vulnerability from...

Leading Through Uncertainty Sharing Information Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leading Through Uncertainty: Sharing Information

Discover our guided process in creating your own strategy for effective and thoughtful...

Leading Through Uncertainty Decision-Making Webinar Resource LP Cover
organizational leadership change management
Webinar Leading Through Uncertainty: Decision-Making

Together, we’ll discuss how decisions can continue to be made in a responsive way through uncertain...

Leading Through Uncertainty Planning for Change, Not Perfection Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Leading Through Uncertainty: Planning for Change, Not Perfection

During a time where information quickly becomes outdated, leaders must approach their planning with...

Building Innovative Structures Within Distance Learning Constraints Webinar Resource LP Cover
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Webinar Building Innovative Structures Within Distance Learning Constraints

Watch this virtual innovation session if you are a principal or coach, or if you support school...

NSR - Chapter 1 Resource LP Cover
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eBook NSR - Chapter 1

An excerpt from the new book from Anthony Kim & Alexis Gonzales-Black. In chapter one of "The NEW...

The Blended Workbook Learning to Design the Schools of Our Future Resource LP Cover
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eBook The Blended Workbook: Learning to Design the Schools of Our Future

Get hands-on training exercises that help you design and implement an effective program with...

Strategic Plan - Clyde-Savannah CSD Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Strategic Plan – Clyde-Savannah CSD

See Clyde-Savannah CSD's strategic plan to get ideas on how to a real-life school district has...

District Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework District Implementation Framework

Quick guide to all the things you'll need to support the implementation of a district-wide...

Strategic Plan – South Brunswick Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Strategic Plan – South Brunswick

See South Brunswick's strategic plan to get ideas on how to a real-life school district has...

Blended Learning Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Blended Learning Implementation Framework

Use this guide to get started with implementing blended learning across your school or district.

Collaborative Learning Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Collaborative Learning Framework

To meet the demands of our changing workforce and to solve real-world issues and be productive...

Competency-Based Education Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Competency-Based Education Framework

Districts all around the country are trying to understand how to set a strong foundation for...

Virtual Program Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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Framework Virtual Program Implementation Framework

Are you ready to start a virtual school or program but don't know where to start?

7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance Infographic Resource LP Cover
classrooms
Infographic 7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance

Low attendance rates can have a drastic impact on students - through school and beyond. Use this...

Supporting the League of Innovative Schools Resource LP Cover
organizational leadership change management, new school design , personalized learning
Case Study Supporting The League of Innovative Schools

See how the League of Innovative Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools are working toward...

The Challenge of Teacher Retention Resource LP Cover
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Brief The Challenge of Teacher Retention

What are the primary challenges in teacher recruiting and retention? Learn our theory of action.

Kansas Can Scaling School Redesign Across Kansas Resource LP Cover
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Case Study Kansas Can: Scaling School Redesign Across Kansas

See how Kansas led school redesign across the entire state.

Education Elements Personalized Learning Methodology Video Resource LP Cover
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Video Education Elements Personalized Learning Methodology

Learn about our approach to personalized learning.

NSR Check-in and Check-out Toolbox Resource LP Cover
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Guide NSR Check-in & Check-out Toolbox

We recommend using this simple check in/out process to begin shifting the habits and culture of...

Competency-Based Education Toolkit Resource LP Cover
Framework Competency-Based Education Toolkit

District leaders, teachers or anyone interested in a competency-based implementation will find...

Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support PL Phase 3 Resource LP Cover
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Guide Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning Phase 3: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Tools

This white paper, the third in the series, is focused on the third phase of curriculum...

Personalized Learning Implementation Framework Resource LP Cover
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White Paper Personalized Learning Implementation Framework

This white paper is meant to provide context around why the framework was created, provide...

Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support PL Phase 2
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White Paper Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning Phase 2: Offline-Online Curriculum Alignment & Digital Tools

Determining the right mix of offline and online curriculum tools is crucial to the success of...

Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support PL Phase 1
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White Paper Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning Part 1: Align Goals with PL

Developing your Personalized Learning curriculum strategy can be complex.  Ideally, everyone at...

Understanding and Supporting Blended Learning Teaching Practices Resource LP Cover
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Guide Understanding and Supporting Blended Learning Teaching Practices

This guide explains how blended learning fits into a personalized learning model of instruction....

4 Ways Schools Can Combat Budget Cuts Resource LP Cover
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Infographic 4 Ways Schools Can Combat Budget Cuts

When funding is low, what can your district do to make sure instruction isn't interrupted,...

Strategic Planning , District Leadership , School Leadership , Return Planning
Reimagining Learning for All Students through Universal Design

“There has to be a better way!” I remember a character on a movie or TV show I...

Strategic Planning , District Leadership , School Leadership , Return Planning
Lessons on Return Planning: From District Leaders for District Leaders

A bank teller, Jeff Bezos, and a Starbucks barista walk into a...school district...

Teams & Culture , Remote Work
Being You in the “New” Workplace

I'll be honest here--after my college years, any chance of me being a dedicated...

Teachers , Equity , Classrooms
Redesigning for an Anti-Racist Classroom Series - Step 0

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the police,...

Teacher Retention , Teams & Culture
What Does Onboarding Look Like in our New Normal?

What makes people stay at their jobs? What makes people leave? At a time when 20% of

Crisis Management , School Leadership
How a School Psychologist Is Supporting Students From a Distance During COVID-19

As we look toward reimagining schools, we encourage leaders to keep in mind that...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , District Leadership , School Leadership
The Six Competencies that Every Leader Should Model Through COVID-19

There is something about this crisis that has brought out the baker in many. Even...

Professional Development , Teacher Retention , District Leadership , School Leadership
Upskilling and Reskilling for the ‘New Normal’ of Education

The abrupt shift to distance learning directly challenged the knowledge, mindsets,...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , District Leadership
How to Practice and Promote a Culture of Learning

In times of uncertainty, organizations tend to shift their focus to getting results,...

Professional Development , Virtual Learning
Lessons Learned from Remote Programs for Continuity of Learning

Research matters! When developing your Continuity of Learning (CoL) plans there are...

Teachers , Teacher Retention , Remote Work
Virtual Recruitment Through COVID-19 and Beyond

The worldwide response to COVID-19 is creating unforeseen challenges and virtual...

Personalized Learning , Professional Development , School Districts , Virtual Learning
Learning Continuity, Education's Biggest Challenge and Opportunity

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the need to redesign school to ensure that...

We Stand With the Movement for Black Lives

 

Strategic Planning , District Leadership
Using Your Strategic Plan to Keep Your Stakeholders Informed and Engaged During Times of Change

One of our favorite expressions is that the only constant thing in life is change,...

Strategic Planning , Crisis Management , District Leadership
Scenario Planning to Develop a Responsive School Return Plan

When I was younger, my mother and I would sit for hours playing the game Mastermind....

Virtual Learning
Three Dimensions of Distance Learning in Action

"Resilience doesn’t just mean getting back to normal after facing a difficult...

Crisis Management , District Leadership
Leading Through The Certainties Of Uncertainty

Every summer, I look forward to seeing the Little League World Series prominently...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , District Leadership
Navigating a Crisis as a New Leader

The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.

- Hemingway

...

Teacher Retention , School Leadership
The Known Unknowns of Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Donald Rumsfeld once said that there are three things we know - the things we know,...

Teachers , Virtual Learning , Remote Work
Zoom Fatigue? Try Our Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Facilitation

In a single month in 2020, the unthinkable happened. Students in all 50 United...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Strategic Planning , District Leadership
Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan

Last summer, I decided to hit the road for a year as a “digital nomad,” giving up my...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , District Leadership
3 Ways to Tell You Lead a Responsive Team in Times of Crisis

There is a strange contrast between moments during this time. I wake up with the...

Teams & Culture , District Leadership , School Leadership
Cultivating a Culture of Learning

While the author of the quote isn’t certain (many attribute it to acclaimed...

Remote Work , District Leadership , School Leadership
Building and Sustaining a Remote Work Culture

Schools were asked to transition everything they would normally do within their...

Teacher Retention , Remote Work , School Leadership
Strategies to Celebrate Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers have a tremendous impact on the learning and lives of their students and...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Organizations Grow When People Grow

To close out this series on how to get your organization primed for remote work, I’d...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Harness the Flow, Let Information Go

Distributing information in an organization can sometimes feel like playing...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Aim for Safe Enough to Try

Many leaders are making decisions that impact their entire organization in response...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Define the Work Before the People

Many organizations are learning how they can push their work forward as they...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Build Trust and Allow Authority to Spread

Working with colleagues in-person may provide more many opportunities to build trust...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Planning for Change, Not Perfection

Not too long ago, you may have found yourself wondering if 5 minutes was enough time...

Organizational Leadership & Change Management , Remote Work
The Remote Work Series: Remote Work Routines

Remote work is a hot topic right now, and if you are not used to working remotely,...

Virtual Learning
3 Trends in the Next Phase of Remote Learning as COVID-19 Extends School Closures

Much of the initial planning around remote learning was based on the assumption that...

Crisis Management , District Leadership
Communicating with Staff and Community Members During COVID-19 School Closures

As of last weekend, President Trump has extended the national shutdown in the U.S....

Teams & Culture
Tips and Tricks: Three Things to Consider During Your Transition to Virtual Work

The past few weeks have been full of new routines for all of us as we try to plan...

Innovative Leadership , Coaches
Leading Through Change: An Interview with a District Coach

The ability to navigate ambiguity is a top skill of effective leaders, and there has...

Innovative Leadership , Crisis Management
Cultivating Resilience through Daily Wellness Practices

During this time of uncertainty and rapid change, the students, families, educators,...

Teams & Culture , Crisis Management , Remote Work
Best Practices for Positive and Productive Remote Work for Educators

Schools across the country have closed their doors to protect students, employees,...

Equity , Crisis Management , Virtual Learning
Addressing Virtual Learning Equity Issues As Schools Close Due to COVID-19

I’ve written several blog posts and admittedly, this has been one of the harder...

Crisis Management , Virtual Learning
Best Practices For Digital Learning & Virtual Meetings

Many school districts are closing to keep their communities safe from COVID-19....

A young woman is sitting at a table with a laptop computer and several books and notebooks, writing in a notebook with a pen.
Crisis Management , Virtual Learning
Four Ways to Facilitate Virtual Learning if Schools Close

As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak spreads, more school districts have been asking...

Teams & Culture
3 Leadership Lessons From Netflix Culture

I had the opportunity to attend a webinar with Lynn Carter, Director of Talent...

The Giraffe Award: How a Small Celebration Can Change Your Team’s Culture

As a first generation college graduate, I recognize daily the impact my investment...

Innovative Leadership
An Open Letter to the K-12 Community and a Love Letter for Education Elements

Dear K-12 Education Community,

With just a few days left working at Education...

School Districts , Classrooms , Crisis Management
Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Planning for Learning As Schools Close

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, more school districts are asking us how they...

Professional Development
The Anatomy of a Great Professional Development Music Playlist

I walk in, dragging my feet a bit, set down my coffee, click on the speaker and with...

Teacher Retention
What Does Teacher Agency Look Like in a School?

One of the beautiful things about having a career in education is that you have...

Innovative Leadership
Teacher Leaders Creating Change in Kenai

The team was sitting together after the final workshop for the final wave of schools...

Innovative Leadership
I Have Found My People – at the National Leadership Institutes!

“I found my people!” “This is like church!” “I feel so energized!” “Can we do this...

Innovative Leadership , Organizational Leadership & Change Management
3 Steps to Become a More Responsive Leader

There are many avenues you can take when making change in your organization. Change...

My New Journey With a Mission-Driven Organization

Erica Williams Simon, founder of Snapchat’s Creator’s Lab and one of my favorite...

Personalized Learning , Innovative Leadership
Bringing Personalized Learning to Scale in a Large Urban School District

Personalized learning has captured the attention of many education reformers. Much...

Equity
You Can Coach for Equity Anywhere, with Anyone

To create the schools children deserve, we must coach educators and leaders for...

Innovative Leadership
Unlocking Your Potential With An Identity Shift

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that my life is a day-to-day journey to reach...

Innovative Leadership
Reflections on School Leadership Inspired by the GOATs

In a world hyper-focused on influencers and celebrities, it is no surprise that...

Personalized Learning
Flipping Formatives and Structures in your New Personalized Learning Classroom

As we count down to this year's Education Elements Summit, we asked presenters from...

When Empowered Teachers Drive Their Own Development

There’s a school in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, TX that brings a one-size-fits-one...

Strategic Planning
Newburgh Schools Prepare to Go Beyond 2020

Located along the Hudson River and just 60 miles north of New York City, Newburgh...

School Districts , Strategic Planning
What Does it Cost You When You Don’t Set a Strategic Direction?

The foam on the edges of the waves grazed the outside of my foot and I felt the sand...

Innovative Leadership
Tic-Tac-Toe or Checkers - What Rules Do Your Teams Follow?

Take a look at your calendars and consider the number of meetings you have each...

Personalized Learning , Teachers
Mythbusters: Breaking Down 10 Common Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

Since 2003, Discovery’s show Mythbusters has been a smash hit. Though Adam & Jamie...

New School Design
Designing School for Human Flourishing & Thriving Democracy

After interviewing hundreds of parents, teachers, and students across the country,...

Personalized Learning
Slowing Down Before Going Fast in Forest Hills School District

In Forest Hills School District (FHSD) there have been pockets of innovation and...

Innovative Leadership
How Successful Districts Continue to Navigate and Grow

In the early month of December, Anthony Kim and I had the opportunity to visit Mason...

EE Summit
The Top 7 Education Conferences That Weren’t on Your Radar

The best conferences are generally those that expand your thinking, reframe a...

Innovative Leadership
7 Reasons Courage is Mission-Critical to Innovative School Leadership

Every team meeting we have at Education Elements begins with a check-in question....

The Decade for Innovation in Education Blog Header
Innovative Leadership , Teams & Culture
The Decade for Innovation in Education

What is the definition of innovation? It turns out that most people can’t agree. I’m...

The Season for Giving Blog Header
The Season For Giving

Just a few weeks ago I found myself in the North Pole. No, seriously, this nice...

Considering Collaboration Answer These 4 Questions First Blog Header
School Districts , Classrooms
Considering Collaboration? Answer These 4 Questions First

A few years ago I found myself in the middle of an aisle at the home improvement...

Detroit Teachers Serve As Models For Resilience And Results Blog Header
School Districts , Curriculum Strategy & Adoption
Detroit Teachers Serve As Models For Resilience And Results

A few years ago, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) took a big bet...

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Strategic Planning
Building the Connection Between Home and School — How Family Empowerment is Transforming Education

In an economically disadvantaged part of Charlotte, N.C., there is a public school...

How a Prioritization Matrix can help your district Blog Header
Strategic Planning
How a Prioritization Matrix Can Help Your School District (and Your Next Home Renovation Project!)

After selling our D.C. area home and looking for more than a year to buy what we...

Giving Thanks to Teams Blog Header
Teams & Culture
Giving Thanks To Teams

As Thanksgiving approaches and 2019 nears an end, I’m taking some time to reflect on...

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Innovative Leadership
New Environment Sparks New Learning

Education Elements and Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) came...

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Personalized Learning
Our Journey to Personalized Learning

Why Pursue Personalized Learning?

In October 2017, AdvancEd conducted our five-year...

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Innovative Leadership
Diminisher Dad Defined – “What are you thinking…?”

Our experience, past success, and hard won wisdom can cloud our perspective on...

Why You Should Incorporate SEL and DEI through Student Reflection & Ownership Blog Header
Personalized Learning , EE Summit
Why You Should Incorporate SEL and DEI through Student Reflection & Ownership

During the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2019, one of our keynote...

Breaking Out of the Habit Loop of Working Inertia Blog Header
Teams & Culture
Breaking Out of the Habit Loop of Working Inertia

Have you ever caught yourself working deadline to deadline without coming up for...

A Year on the Road 3 Factors for Successful Educational Change Blog Header
Teacher Retention
A Year on the Road: 3 Factors for Successful Educational Change

“What’s it like in other schools? In other districts? In other states?” After eight...

What We Learn About Building Team Habits from Ripples and Basketball Movies Blog Header Image
Teams & Culture
What We Learn About Building Team Habits from Ripples and Basketball Movies

The start of a new school year often brings with it discussions about new vision...

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Equity
Making Pay Parity Non-Negotiable at Education Elements

We all experience the world in different ways. I know that, as a white person, my...

Want to Improve Teacher Retention? Create a Pipeline of Growth Opportunities Blog Header
Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
Want to Improve Teacher Retention? Create a Pipeline of Growth Opportunities

In a 2018 study conducted by TINYPulse, a company specializing in employee...

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Innovative Leadership
How Responsive Practices are Transforming the Student Experience in Mayfield City Schools

Late August is a lovely time to visit Northeastern Ohio, and as educational leaders...

My Team Has a Habit of Reading Books About Habits Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
My Team Has a Habit of Reading Books About Habits

Standing in line at Starbucks ready to order my Venti black coffee, I pull out my...

How 1% Change Adds Up to a Big Impact for Schools and Districts Blog Header
Teams & Culture
How 1% Change Adds Up to a Big Impact for Schools and Districts

I was on a phone call with two principals earlier this week who shared a concern I...

Reframing a Paradigm for Professional Learning Blog Header
Professional Development , School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Reframing a Paradigm for Professional Development and Learning

How does professional development get labeled in your school or organization? Too...

Designing School Systems of the Future Today Blog Header
School Districts , Strategic Planning
Designing School Systems of the Future - Today

How do we design the schools of the future, today? Designing innovative structures...

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School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
Attract and Retain Teachers with Effective Methods Using Data to Define Needs

Teaching, often considered one of the most noble professions one can pursue, has...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Classrooms , Innovative Leadership
The Power of Responsive Practices in Schools and Districts Across the Country

This summer I had the pleasure of working alongside my Education Elements colleagues...

The NEW Team Habits Fostering a Culture of Belonging Through Meeting Check-Ins Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Teams & Culture
The NEW Team Habits: Fostering a Culture of Belonging Through Meeting Check-Ins

How are you? What is bringing you to this blog post today? What is top of mind for...

Minute to Win It Practices for Impacting Teacher Retention Through Consistent Celebration Blog Header
School Districts , Teacher Retention
Minute to Win It: Practices for Impacting Teacher Retention Through Consistent Celebration

At Education Elements, we believe that sparking learning through creativity,...

Why Unpacking Biases is Critical When Personalizing Learning Blog Header
Personalized Learning , Equity , Classrooms
Why Unpacking Biases is Critical When Personalizing Learning

I had a middle school science teacher once tell me she was surprised that I did well...

Four Steps to Incorporating and Responding to Stakeholder Feedback
School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Strategic Planning
Four Steps to Incorporating and Responding to Stakeholder Feedback in the Strategic Planning Process

So, you’ve completed a round of stakeholder engagement activities. You clarified...

Three Steps to Selecting Your Superhero Strategic Planning Team Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Strategic Planning
Three Steps to Selecting Your Superhero Strategic Planning Team

“One bag of peanut butter M&Ms, please.” It’s the first step I take as I enter a...

8 Elements For Improving Teacher Retention Blog Header
Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
8 Elements For Improving Teacher Retention

As we work with hundreds of school and district leaders, we often hear that staff...

What Donuts Can Teach Schools and Teams About Lasting Change Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
What Donuts Can Teach Schools and Teams About Lasting Change

“And we both hit our goal weight!” 

“That’s amazing! So how did you celebrate?”

“We...

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Innovative Leadership
10 Reasons We’re Excited to Attend the Responsive Conference

This year, four of us from Education Elements (Megan Katie, Jill, and Keara) will be...

Stakeholder Engagement and Change 4 Steps to Effective Engagement
School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Strategic Planning
Stakeholder Engagement and Change: 4 Steps to Effective Engagement During Strategic Planning

At Education Elements, we pride ourselves on being a responsive organization. Like...

The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning Laying the Foundation Blog Header
Personalized Learning
The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning: Laying the Foundation

The back to school season is upon us. While teachers are busy setting up, and...

How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools Blog Header
Personalized Learning , Classrooms
How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

Last year, a group of educators sat down with engineers from a well-known technology...

Leading Change? Start by Talking About What You Value Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Leading Change? Start by Talking About What You Value

As any great leader pursuing innovation in education knows, having a clear “why” for...

A Superintendents Quest to Marry Equity and Personalized Learning Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
A Superintendent's Quest to Marry Equity and Personalized Learning

Equity and personalized learning share quite a bit of common ground. They each...

Feedback for Every Teacher to Boost Student Engagement Blog Header
Personalized Learning , Classrooms
Feedback for Every Teacher to Boost Student Engagement

Take a look inside a high school physics teacher’s classroom. In her fifth year, Ms....

Strategic Planning Challenge Blog Post Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Strategic Planning
What Exercising 6000 Miles Taught Us About Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Habits

I released my body weight and fell to the ground. My aching shoulders wouldn't let...

10 Leadership Development Books to Read Before Schools in Session Blog Header
Innovative Leadership
10 Leadership Development Books to Read Before School's in Session

We are big readers here at Education Elements, with book clubs and recommendations...

The 4 Biggest Questions You Need to Ask Before You Start District Strategic Planning
School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Strategic Planning
The 4 Biggest Questions You Need to Ask Before You Start District Strategic Planning

In The New School Rules, Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black write that every...

Principals Journey to Personalized Learning
Innovative Leadership
The Principals' Journey to Personalized Learning

We are Personalized - This was the number one goal in our new District Strategic...

Avoid the 49 Degree Rule 4 Ways to Put People Before Policies
Innovative Leadership
Avoid the 49 Degree Rule: 4 Ways to Put People Before Policies

Sometimes, the really thought-provoking stuff just lands in your lap...or in the...

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Innovative Leadership
Redefining Professional Development: Educators as Leaders and Learners

It’s mid-May at Baychester Academy, a public elementary school in the Bronx’s...

The “It” Factor with Running Team Meetings Blog Header
Innovative Leadership , Teams & Culture
The “It” Factor with Running Team Meetings

Think back to a recent meeting you were in when you pondered why you were a part of...

Do You Need an Education Consultant Blog Header
School Districts
Do You Need an Education Consultant?

“Working with consultants isn’t cheap - how do we know if it’s what we need?” We...

The Future of Classroom Technology Tools Blog Header
Classrooms
The Future of Classroom Technology Tools

Predicting the future of classroom technology trends empowers teachers and school...

Getting Personal About Competency-Based Education
Competency-Based Education
Getting Personal About Competency-Based Education

When I tell friends and family about the types of projects I’m working on with...

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Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
How Do You Shift the Role of the Teacher as a Leader?

During the last 100 years in the workforce, we needed farmers and factory workers;...

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EE Summit
PL Summit 2019: Where We Built Networks to Transform Education

It's been almost exactly 2 weeks since the 5th Annual Personalized Learning Summit...

The Lucky Generation Why So Sad Blog Header
The Lucky Generation: Why So Sad?

Never before has a generation had so much and seemingly wanted for so little. An...

Casting a Shadow that Creates a Winning District Blog Header
Innovative Leadership
Casting a Shadow that Creates a Winning District

Behavior counts. How employees and students are treated and whether they feel...

5 Ingredients that Spark Joy and Productivity at Work Blog Header
5 Ingredients that Spark Joy and Productivity at Work

I am a newlywed who has just returned from a glorious 2.5-week vacation for my...

How School Leaders Can Empower Every Teacher to Be a Leader on Campus Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
How School Leaders Can Empower Every Teacher to Be a Leader on Campus

Imagine a school in which every classroom you enter, you’ll find curious, joyful...

Innovative Teacher Leader Blog Header
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Becoming An Innovative Teacher Leader With Innovative Leader Competencies

In 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that educators were leaving the teaching...

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Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 4 - An Interview With a Design Expert for Google's Education Tools

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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School Districts , Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
Appreciate Teachers Year-Round by Developing a Culture of Innovation

It’s that time of year again. Wildflowers are blooming (at least here in Texas!)....

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Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 3 - An Interview With an Elementary Educator

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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Personalized Learning
Choice Boards, Playlists, Pathways...Oh My!

For many districts and schools, choice boards, playlists, and pathways are used...

Flexible Content & Tools - Part 2 - An Interview With an Instructional Coach at Kipp
Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 2 - An Interview With an Instructional Coach at KIPP

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

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School Districts
4 Things to Understand About Education Consulting

As Education Elements continues to grow, I’ve been privy to the hiring process. I...

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Personalized Learning
Flexible Content & Tools: Part 1 - An Interview With Newsela’s Chief Content Officer

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of...

It’s Not About Gaps, It’s about Educator Debts Blog Header
It’s Not About Gaps, It’s About Educator Debts

I was at a professional learning session about learning design this week when I...

3 Pillars to Think About When Opening a New School Blog Header
School Districts , School Leadership
3 Pillars to Build On When Opening a New School

Planning and opening a new school is an exciting yet daunting task. As a leader of a...

Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 3 Social Media Blog Header
Teams & Culture , District Leadership , Communication
Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 3: Social Media

One of the major issues that schools face is engaging with parents, community, and...

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School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Personalized Learning and the Shift from a Pedagogy of Poverty to a Pedagogy of Plenty

A few months ago I attended ICLE’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta and heard Dr....

Takeaways for School Districts from the Latest Happenings at Harvard
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Takeaways for School Districts from the Latest Happenings at Harvard

Last August, my Education Elements “familEE” of consultants and district partners...

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Innovative Leadership
Don’t Look Now but the 21st Century is Behind You!

Five years ago, our team partnered with the Economist Group to conduct a study where...

The Greatest Challenge to School Innovation
Innovative Leadership
The Greatest Challenge to School Innovation

When school leaders want to bring innovative practices to classrooms, what's the...

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Innovative Leadership
3 Keys to Creating a More Agile School District

In 2012, Google began studying how workers can transform productivity by examining...

5 Myths to Bust About Blended Learning
Classrooms
5 Myths to Bust About Blended Learning, What It Is, and the Benefits It Has for Students

Over the past several years, more and more schools across the U.S. have been...

Our Approach to Strategic Planning
Innovative Leadership , Strategic Planning
Our Approach to Strategic Planning in Education

The year 2020 is shaping up to be a record year - Summer Olympics, a World Cup, a...

Robots are Not Taking Away Teacher's Jobs
Teacher Retention
Robots Are Not Taking Over Teachers' Jobs

There is a scene from the recent Star Trek movie reboot of a young alien named Spock...

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Personalized Learning , Innovative Leadership
7 Reasons You Can't Miss the Personalized Learning Summit 2019!

We're counting down the days to this year's 5th annual Personalized Learning Summit!...

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School Districts , Classrooms
5 Common Coaching Misconceptions

“Coaching" means something different to everyone. Many of us have had both positive...

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Innovative Leadership
A New Way to Think About Innovative School and District Leadership

What’s the most meaningful thing a district can do to support innovation in its...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Classrooms , Innovative Leadership
Not So Typical Personalized Learning Predictions for 2019

Every 4-5 years, I try to pick up a new activity and focus on it until I get to a...

Bridging the Gap in Rural Putnam County, Tennessee Through Personalized Learning-min
School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Bridging the Gap in Rural Putnam County, Tennessee Through Personalized Learning

In Putnam County, Tenn., with 23 schools spread across 400 square miles, we share...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Innovative Leadership
What We Believe at Education Elements

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is frequently a time of...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Curriculum Strategy & Adoption , Classrooms , Innovative Leadership
The Top 10 Blog Posts from Education Elements - What We Talked About in 2018

Over the past year, we published 71 posts, and we’ll probably manage to sneak in a...

Personalized Learning
Reflections on Personalized Learning and Project-based Learning

Recently, I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop with our partners at ...

Recruit and Retain the Best Teachers by Tapping into Teacher Agency
Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
Recruit and Retain the Best Teachers by Tapping into Teacher Agency

Are you a district or campus leader who struggles to find highly qualified or highly...

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Innovative Leadership
Coaching for Innovation: 10 Competencies to Maximize the Impact of a Coach

“I don’t think I would have made it through that year without her.” “His support...

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Innovative Leadership
What Should We Expect from Each Other?

As a former superintendent and now consultant for a small startup tech company, I...

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Innovative Leadership
Leading Blended Learning from the Front Row

Many people enjoy sitting in the front row while attending a movie they have not...

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Innovative Leadership
A Journey to Understand and Implement Personalized Learning

Several years ago, I was selected by the Lexington Institute for their initial...

Innovative School Leaders Part 3 Leading with Intention
Innovative Leadership
Innovative School Leaders Part 3: Leading with Intention

“The more senior you are, the more important listening becomes. Once a leader...

7 Things We're Grateful for at Education Elements Blog Header-min
Innovative Leadership
7 Things We're Grateful For at Education Elements

I recently read Chip and Dan Heath’s new book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain...

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Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
40 Ways to Celebrate Teachers and Impact Teacher Retention

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you can’t stop thinking about what...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , EE Summit
Your Network: Make it Bigger to Make Your School District Stronger

For many, being an innovator conjures a vision of being the one out in front,...

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Personalized Learning , Innovative Leadership
Talk the Talk: Communications Planning for Innovation in Education - A Webinar

As we work with schools and policy-makers to successfully implement student-centered...

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Personalized Learning , Blended Learning , Curriculum Strategy & Adoption
Selecting Digital Content for Your School: A How-To Guide

As a learning organization, we are always improving and iterating 

School leaders...

A Day in the Life of a Student in a Personalized Competency-Based School Blog Header-min
Personalized Learning
A Day in the Life of a Student in a Personalized, Competency-Based School

This blog post was originally published on the CompetencyWorks website, based on...

How Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity Blog Header-min
Personalized Learning , Teachers
How Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity?

In his book Striving for Equity: District Leadership for Narrowing Opportunity and...

Bringing Vision Into Focus Blog Header-min
Personalized Learning
Bringing Vision Into Focus: Georgia’s Journey to a Statewide Vision of Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning. Two words that at the same time inspire hearts and minds, and...

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School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Education Elements’ Responsive Playbook: How We Built a Thriving, Learning Organization

As an education consulting organization we work with hundreds of schools and...

The Future of District Organizations How Educators Can Be Innovators-min
Personalized Learning , School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Tips for Educators: The Innovator in You and the Future of District Organizations

Everyone is an innovator

Within the last two decades, the barrier to entry to be...

Innovative Leaders Part 2 Involving Others To Create A Culture of Innovation-min
Innovative Leadership
Innovative School Leaders Part 2: Involving Others To Create a Culture of Innovation

Ideas come to me at very random times: in a dream, on a walk, or during my commute....

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Personalized Learning
Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

As I meet with education leaders across the country, I am often asked questions...

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Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
How Clear Communication and Defined Career Pathways Can Boost Teacher Retention

Teachers love their jobs.

That statement may strike you as untrue, simplistic, or...

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Personalized Learning , Teachers , Competency-Based Education , Curriculum Strategy & Adoption , Classrooms
The Core 4 Elements of Personalized Learning

In some ways, creating a successful personalized learning classroom is similar to...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Classrooms , Innovative Leadership
The 10 Resources You Need to Head Back to School in 2018

September is in full swing, and it’s the time of year that we start heading back...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Classrooms
How Might Schools Quantify “Personalized Learning”?

Measuring your personalized learning journey is now easier than ever with the new...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Five Stories of Transformation from Our Fifth Annual Report

This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years...

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Personalized Learning , Curriculum Strategy & Adoption
Strange Bedfellows: The Marriage of Personalized Learning and High-Quality Curriculum

Unexpected pairings are a common feature throughout history and culture; Dharma and...

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School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Four Actions to Make Your First Year As a Superintendent Count

Let’s just be clear: there is a very short honeymoon period for a new superintendent.

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Innovative Leadership
Evergreen Leadership

Through my career, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of exceptional...

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Innovative Leadership
We Call Them Leaders Because They Go First

If Blockbuster was still around today, and you had to take out your life savings and...

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Innovative Leadership
Transforming the System to Fit the Student

Transformational leadership is about using your actions to elevate others and put...

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Personalized Learning
How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the...

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Personalized Learning , Professional Development , Innovative Leadership , Teacher Retention
The New “PD”: How Shifting from Professional to Personalized Development Will Improve Your Workshops

August is an important month for school leaders; it is the last opportunity to...

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Innovative Leadership
Innovative School Leaders Part 1: How to Become an Innovative School Leader

“Please see me in my office when you get a break.” A message that is not for the...

Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 2- Storytelling
District Leadership , Communication
Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 2: Storytelling

Stories are all around us. Researchers found that personal stories and gossip make...

The Core Four Continuum - a New Framework for Personalized Learning Implementation
Personalized Learning
The Core Four Continuum - a New Framework for Personalized Learning Implementation

Since 2010 Education Elements has supported more than 140 districts, 750 schools,...

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Personalized Learning , Classrooms
How Teachers Are at the Core of Personalized Learning - Not Technology

One of the major complaints that I have heard in my community as we have adopted...

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Classrooms , Innovative Leadership
Educators: Before you Recharge this Summer, Reflect

Our company is known for having a unique organizational culture. We have eliminated...

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Personalized Learning , Competency-Based Education , School Districts , Classrooms
Seven Things Education Elements Does to Support School Districts

One of the most common questions I answer about Education Elements is, “So what do...

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Innovative Leadership
Elements of Change: The Organization Element

We’re so excited to share another episode of Elements of Change with you, this time...

6 Summer Reads to Make You a More Responsive Leader
Personalized Learning , Competency-Based Education , Innovative Leadership
6 Summer Reads to Make You a More Responsive Leader
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District Leadership , Communication
Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 1: Branding

It is important for schools and districts to remember that in our ever-evolving...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Classrooms , Innovative Leadership
Million Dollar Advice: It’s Worth it When You Want To Change Your District

There are even more ways to tell a story than there are to bake a cake.

A recent...

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

I have led several companies but the workplace and teams today are uniquely more...

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Innovative Leadership
How Districts Can Inform EdTech Companies to Make Better Products

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

I was...

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

Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be...

A Case for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Classrooms
Classrooms
A Case for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Classrooms

If recent Halloweens have taught us anything aside from the absurd amount of money...

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Personalized Learning
Learnings from Implementing Personalized Learning in Denver Public Schools

In the three-plus years since introducing Personalized Learning (PL) in individual...

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Professional Development , EE Summit
PL Summit 2018: 3 Days of Shaping the Future of Education

It is hard to make something better each year and yet, somehow, as I reflect on the ...

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Personalized Learning
Tell More Stories: Learnings from the PL Summit

Stories compel us:

Last week Education Elements hosted our 4th national Personalized...

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Personalized Learning , School Districts , Innovative Leadership
Elements of Change Podcast: A New Way to Hear From Education Leaders

The Education Elements team logs thousands of hours on the road through snow storms...

Understanding Technology and Data in Classrooms
School Districts , Classrooms
Questions to Ask if You're Worried About Student Data

Last week I heard a district leader say, “In God We Trust - everyone else, bring...

Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning
Personalized Learning , Classrooms
Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning

In Harrisburg we have been implementing personalized learning for a little over 5...

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Classrooms
7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance

According to the US Department of Education, over six million students (14% of the...

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Shaping the Future in Rochester, New Hampshire

I believe that personalized learning is imperative; it is essential that school...

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Personalized Learning
Four Landmarks on your District’s Personalized Learning Journey

Imagine you’re exploring a new place. It’s exciting, but unfamiliar and so remote...

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Personalized Learning
Leadership in Personalized Learning

“You can’t buy personalized learning…” I read this statement by Richard Culatta ...

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