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Education Elements

APRIL 2018




We Stand up for What We Believe In 

April newsletter - Founders for ChangeWe are excited to announce that Education Elements joined the Founders For Change movement that launched last month. The FCC statement we signed reads:

"I believe in a more diverse and inclusive tech industry. I am dedicated to having a diverse team and board, and when I have a choice of investment partners in the future, the diversity of their firms will be an important consideration."

Joining Founders for Change is less of a signal of a new direction for our organization, and more of a public commitment and announcement about things that are important to us. We look at it as a way to stand up for what we believe in and to stand beside others who feel the same. As we move forward we will continue to focus on diversity in our hiring and continue to build Education Elements as an inclusive and welcoming organization. Check out our careers page and join us!





Free, Open-Source Platform for Education Resources

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We’re very excited to be a member of the Learning Commons, a free, open site where educators can search for high-quality resources provided by different learning content providers.

We believe in empowering educators and equipping them with the tools and resources they need to revolutionize education in their classrooms - which is often an unnecessarily difficult task. That’s why it was important for us to be a part of this platform which can transform a teacher’s toolbox by providing content about everything from curriculum development and instructional design to professional development and cultural innovation.

Much like the playlists we use in classrooms everyday, you can create your own personalized playlist or use a pre-existing one on the Learning Commons site. With a growing group of contributors, including EdSurge, the Highlander Institute, Jobs for the Future, Lindsay USD, and the Christensen Institute, we hope the Learning Commons will become the go-to resource for educators everywhere.

Check out Education Elements on the Learning Commons.


Hotels and Tech Tours - Personalized Learning Summit 2018

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29 days and counting! We’re working to finalize the tech tours for this year. If you’re on the waitlist for a tour, please hang on just a bit longer - we’ll be sending out confirmations next week.

Booked your hotel room yet? If not - get on it! Our discounted room block expires Monday April 9th! Go to the Hilton website, or call 1-800-HILTONS. If you call the hotel, make sure to share that you’re attending the Education Elements PL Summit, plus the group discount code: EDU.


How to Escape Boring PD Sessions

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In March, our own Senior Design Principal, Dana Britt, presented at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning in a session titled: “Escape the Room: PL Style! Empowering Self-directed Learners.” In this interactive session, participants were given clues and puzzles with which to unlock physical and digital combination locks and uncover the “treasure” of resources on self-directed learning.

Using collaboration, invisible ink, and a lot of grit, all six teams “escaped” and left with many resources in their PL toolkits. Take a look at these slides to get inspiration and ideas about how to run your own “escape” or “breakout” PD session in your district.




Touchpoint Just Got a Serious Upgrade!

Keep reading to learn more about brand new features like commenting, the actions page, and project stats.

Commenting - New!

Keep the momentum of your initiative alive by engaging your team through comments. You can mention your teammates and post comments, questions and ideas to any touchpoint.


Project Stats - New!

Use the new project stats cards to stay up to date with the key events and actions of your initiative.

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Actions Page - New!

Get a bird’s eye view of all of the actions tied to your initiative. Quickly see the number of past due, current, and completed actions. With the new actions page, you can add new actions directly to the project (instead of adding them to touchpoints)!

Touchpoint image of actions tied to initiativesTo learn more about these new features or about Touchpoint, reach out to



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5 Ingredients to Create a Culture of Innovation

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The NEW School Rules -Experiment 4: Team Meeting Protocol

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Innovations in School District Procurement

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By Simma Reingold
Three years ago, I received a call from an excited district leader who wanted to chat about student data (of all things)! He dreamt of building a digital “learning ecosystem,” (think instruction/LMS, assessment, IEPs, grading, attendance, transportation, etc.) to serve as the information backbone for his district’s vision to personalize the learning environment for every student. What he didn’t know was how to make that ecosystem a reality.

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Standing Up For What We Believe In: Why We Joined #FoundersForChange


By Amy Jenkins
One of the pitfalls of being new to any situation is the mistake of being quick to rush to judgment. Entertaining the idea that what you see as a problem has actually been vetted to be the most viable solution by someone who came before you is a skill that requires patience, understanding and respect. When this core tenet is dismissed, and you assume too quickly that you know better, it often can lead to a downward spiral from which there is no return.

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April 4-6
DALI Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, FL

April 16-18
ASU+GSV Summit
San Diego, CA

April 18-20
Concord, NC

April 25-27
Virginia Beach, VA

April 29-May 1
RTM Innovation 
San Antonio, TX

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