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Promoting Social and Emotional Growth through Student-Directed Learning

February 10, 2020 Wilton NY

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This one day institute is for district and school leaders who want to learn practical, systems-wide approaches to improve students’ social and emotional wellbeing. We will provide a wealth of resources to share back with your districts relating to building student self-direction, agency, collaboration, and engagement. We are so excited to partner with the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton BOCES to bring this learning and collaborative opportunity to New York! 


In this session, district leaders will experience student-directed learning first-hand through a simulation activity and learn ways they can design and implement student-directed structures back at their districts.


Participants will:

  • Learn the key approaches to student-directed learning (from blended learning to personalized learning to competency-based education) and how they intersect
  • Gain exposure to the most common instructional models and best practices in student-directed learning
  • Learn practical ways to we increase student collaboration, voice and choice, ownership and engagement
  • Understand how student-directed learning promotes social and emotional growth in students


Important information

  • Date/Time: February 10, 2020 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Ballard Road Conference Center 


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The content is best suited for district and school leaders. We encourage people to attend in teams of 2-6 people. 


Meet your presenters


Dana Britt, Associate Partner at Education Elements

At Education Elements, Dana has supported schools over 100 schools in 17 states to design and implement personalized learning and to build responsive strategic plans. She has led the implementations at Fulton County Schools (GA), Syracuse City School District (NY), and Lewiston-Porter Central School District (NY), among many others. Prior to joining Education Elements in 2015, Dana worked in the District of Columbia Public Schools Central Office as the manager of educational technology. In that role, she supported the district-level rollout of blended learning across 111 schools and built up a particular expertise in designing district-wide professional development and selecting, purchasing, and adopting new digital content and tools. Dana holds a B.A. in English from Wellesley College and an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University. When not thinking about personalized learning, Dana enjoys rock climbing and training for her next marathon in Washington, DC.


Cristina Strunk, Design Principal at Education Elements

Cristina Strunk is a Design Principal at Education Elements. She is committed to creating meaningful learning experiences for students and teachers. Cristina has spent the last ten years teaching, coaching, and working deeply with curriculum. She began her career in New Orleans, serving as a founding staff member at Harriet Tubman Charter School. During her time there, Cristina was a middle school interventionist, reading teacher, the middle school data leader, and also worked to revise the ELA curriculum to better meet the diverse needs of all students. After her time in New Orleans, Cristina taught at DC Preparatory Academy in Washington, D.C. and supported teachers in internalizing shifts in the curriculum and trying out innovative practices. She has worked to revise and write curriculum for the Strategic Education Research Partnership in Washington, D.C., in addition to working as a literacy coach with MIT’s Learning Lab and in the Cambridge Public Schools, and is a national curriculum reviewer for Edeports. She is passionate and experienced in curriculum adoption plans, instructional coaching, and personalized learning. Cristina received her B.A. from Tulane University, and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Literacy Coaching. She is a native New Mexican, and now lives in the DC area. 


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About Education Elements: Education Elements works with districts to build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, today and tomorrow. We take the time to understand the unique challenges school leaders face, and then customize the Education Elements approach for each district.  We have worked with more than 750 schools and 140 districts across the country. We bring deep expertise, design thinking, expert facilitation and the spirit of collaboration, along with our extensive toolkit of resources and technology, to deliver sustainable results. Check out our latest annual report.

About BOCES: The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) Board of Cooperative serves 31 school districts in a five-county region. The BOCES Board of Education, a governing board made up of representatives from component school districts, is responsible for the oversight of curricular, financial and other policy decisions. The WSWHE BOCES is the second largest geographically of the 37 BOCES regions in New York State covering 2,686 square miles.

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