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Summit Registration is Open - Get the Early Bird Rate!

Registration for the Personalized Learning Summit 2018 is now open. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you all to join us in San Francisco May 2-4, 2018, for 3 days packed with workshops, discussions, keynotes, and many networking opportunities. We’re also bringing back tech company tours with some of the Bay Area’s biggest tech companies, but there are only enough spots for the first 250 attendees to register. Make sure you register soon to make the most of the Early Bird rate and save a spot for yourself on the tech company tours! If you’re from a district partner, you or your district leadership team should have received an access code for free registrations. Register now and save your spot!





Our Personalized Learning Challenge Winners

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Earlier this year, we launched the Personalized Learning Challenge for school districts to compete for a chance at winning personalized support from Education Elements. We invited districts to share their stories from the perspectives of the superintendent, a school principal, and a teacher. Districts from all over the country shared their commitment to, and their passion for, revolutionizing their schools through personalized learning.

The winners were selected by our celebrity judges, Michael Horn, Dr. Dena Cushenberry, and Betsy Corcoran. The winning districts are: Amboy CUSD 272, IL; Juab School District, UT; Kaneland CUSD 302, IL; Mehlville School District, MI; and Peoria Unified School District, AZ. Read all about the winners and the selection process here.


Marion Central School District Accepted Into the League of Innovative Schools

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We are pleased to announce that the winner of last year’s PL Summit Award for “Small District, Big Beta” has continued to impress on the national stage. Marion Central School District, a small, rural district located outside of Rochester, NY, was accepted along with 12 other districts into the League of Innovative Schools.

The League of Innovative schools “connects and rallies the most forward-thinking leaders of the nation’s school districts.” Superintendent Don Bavis was recently interviewed by the local news and shared how he thinks about innovation: "You implement, then you reflect on your success, and then you iterate or improve. You're in a constant cycle of reflection and iteration. If you're not doing that, you're not being innovative," said Bavis. We at Education Elements are proud of the Marion staff and students on their accomplishment and encourage other districts to apply in the future.





Rogers Lane Elementary School

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In January 2017, Education Elements began work on a brand new school with the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina: Rogers Lane Elementary School. With increasing enrollment driving the need for new schools, district leaders at Wake County wanted to start a school that would take a fresh approach to teaching and learning. Rogers Lane opened its doors in September, 2017 after intensive design work with Education Elements centered on three principles: Agents of Change, Out of this World Learning, and Intentional and Reciprocal Relationships.  

Education Elements worked with school and district leaders to help determine the instructional vision for the school and determine the staffing and scheduling decisions that would need to be made to help meet that vision. At a key juncture of the work Ed Elements led a workshop on visual cues for design - essentially, what would students, parents, teachers, and other staff see at Rogers Lane that would signify a fresh approach to learning? A “Day in the Life of” Primer was created to help stakeholders understand how the school day would be organized.

With 800+ students enrolled, Rogers Lane is now operating with a personalized approach to education that features small group instruction, expeditionary learning experiences, and a technology-rich environment.



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UPDATED Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning


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Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

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Each year we receive hundreds of questions along the lines of, “Okay…so what does personalized learning actually look like?”

We have a few answers to this question. One is that personalized learning always involves these core four elements - targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content, and student reflection and ownership. Check out our Core Four white paper for a more detailed description of these elements, as well as classroom examples.

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Critical Questions to Ask When Building a Life-changing Curriculum Process

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Yes, I said it in my title. Life-changing. Am I exaggerating? Maybe a little. But as a former teacher, I met too many students who “hated (insert any subject here)” because they thought their textbook, worksheet, or homework material was boring, too difficult, or did not make sense to them. I also met too many fellow teachers who thought their curriculum was simply their textbooks (which they often didn’t like), and no more.

For these students and teachers, learning and teaching was not a fun experience because their “curriculum” was horrible. Think about turning these people around and instilling joy in them through the right curriculum. Oh the things they will learn and teach! Isn’t that a life-changing possibility? 

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November 8-10, 2017
Coronado, CA

November 29-30, 2017
FSBA Fall Conference
Tampa, FL

January 10-12, 2018
New Orleans, LA

February 14-18, 2018
Nashville, TN

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Events we attended in October:

Check out some of our presentations from last month:

TASA Texas: Emerging trends in Education By Simma Reingold and David Irwin.

iNACOL 2017: Effectively Communicating about Personalized Learning


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