Education Elements December 2016 Newsletter
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December 2016 Newsletter

On Our Minds


Third LELA Cohort Graduates

The morning after the 2016 presidential election results came in, ten school district leaders from across the country came together with their district teams in Washington DC as the final component of a six-month personalized learning fellowship. The 60 educators worked together, with mentors and graphic facilitators, to codify their visions for preparing students for college and career.

The Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellowship was designed to support districts in their efforts to personalize learning. Launched in April 2015, this celebration marked the graduation of its third cohort, bringing the total number of districts to 30.

Selected through a highly competitive application process, the district leaders were from across the country and districts varied by size, percentage of student qualified for free and reduced lunch, and stage in their personalized learning journey. The 10 fellowship graduates are: Donald R Bavis (Marion Central School District, NY), Scott Todd Feder (Millstone Township School District, NJ), Jill Gildea (Fremont School District 79, IL), Alicia Henderson (Bellevue Union School District, CA), Dr. Brian Lane (Mehlville School District, MO), Dan Lawson (Tullahoma City Schools, TN), Irene Parisi (Greenwich Public Schools, CT), Tara Paul (Estherville Lincoln Central CSD, IA), Quiauna Scott, Ed.D (New Haven Unified School District, CA) and Chris Summers (West Oso ISD, TX).

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“The LELA Fellowship has been one of the best professional learning experiences I have participated in during my 22 years in education. As a district leader, the LELA program has allowed me to develop the competency and confidence levels of all my district leaders and teacher leaders around personalized learning,” said Chris Summers, Director of Curriculum and Instruction in West Oso ISD.

The Lexington Institute selected California-based Education Elements to manage the fellowship and provide support to the district leaders. Through a combination of virtual working sessions, on-site strategy sessions, webinars and the graphic facilitation, LELA fellows worked with their teams on their vision and plan. Read More About the Cohort Here.

Product Spotlight


Clarify the Plan with Touchpoint: Check out the Deets About Our Awesome New Tool

Rolling out personalized learning can be hard and complex work. You have to build a vision and create a plan. You have to make the actions clear to put change in motion. You have to maintain alignment between the central office and each school site. How do you manage all of the information and work necessary to make personalized learning a reality?

This is where Education Elements can help — by pairing our new cloud-based tool, Touchpoint, with our expert Design and Implementation consultants, we can make it easier to create and communicate your plan for personalized learning across your district. This happens through an initial needs assessment and is then communicated through a visual roadmap that all district and school leaders can see. Touchpoint also helps to clarify the day-to-day work of implementing personalized learning by providing each user with a customized set of actions.

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As the project evolves and the needs of the district change, we help you adjust the plan and necessary actions — all of which are captured in Touchpoint. Each day, staff members can login to our tool and always see the most up-to-date information about the work to be done, the key meetings and the overall timeline.  

To see a demo or to learn more about Touchpoint, send a note to


Partner Spotlight


STEMscopesTM — Accelerate Learning: For Teachers, By Teachers

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Accelerate Learning, in conjunction with Rice University, has created the most widely used PreK-12 science curriculum in Texas, STEMscopes — and it’s now available nationally. With nearly 2 million student users and growing, Accelerate Learning has grown from a single product, STEMscopes in 2007, to a brand that now offers a variety of curriculum and professional development solutions that support early learning, NGSS, and customized state-aligned curriculum. Accelerate Learning has earned recognition as one of District Administration’s Top 100 Products, and as a finalist in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program. It has also won recognition from numerous industry programs, including the Digital Innovation and Learning Awards, the Association of American Publishers’ Revere Awards, and EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Awards. For more information on case studies and awards, visit our website.

For Teachers by Teachers

"For teachers by teachers" is not a slogan — it's a fact. STEMscopes was incubated in the classroom and developed by over 200 teachers, science experts, and science professors. Our origins lay in providing teachers a model for implementing inquiry-based learning in the classroom. STEMscopes has always listened to the teachers by taking in feedback, best practices, and the latest pedagogy to develop the most effective STEM curriculum. With over 200 practicing teachers who help write curriculum, field test lessons, create assessment items and review and edit all materials to ensure factual accuracy, our curriculum is current and practical for implementation in any type of classroom. Many of our teachers are also certified trainers who train other teachers on how to launch STEMscopes. Visit to trial our products.



Register Today to Attend the Best Personalized Learning Summit

Join us for the Personalized Learning Summit 2017, a three-day event in San Francisco focused on harnessing the power of personalized learning.

Registration is open. Register now and enjoy the early bird registration rate.

Places to Meet Up

Connect with us at these events: 

  • District Administrator Leadership Institute (DALI), Tuscon, AZ January 11-13
  • LearnLaunch Conference, Boston, MA February 2-3: Our CEO Anthony Kim will moderate a panel entitled “Personalizing the System, Not Just the Classroom”.
  • District Administrator Leadership Institute (DALI), Tampa, FL February 22-24
  • Edu-Tech Academics Summit, Tampa, FL February 26-28

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