Ed Elements: September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

On Our Minds:

SXSW 2016: Give Us a Thumbs Up & Vote for our Sessions 

Panel Picker is open and we need your votes.  Why should I vote for you, you ask?  Well, if you want to see the only session likely to involve some good barbs and metaphorical punches, plus perhaps a shot of tequila or two, vote for the debate between Anthony Kim and Alex Hernandez of Charter School Growth Fund (moderated by Julia Freeland of the Christensen Institute) on who can scale innovation faster: charters or districts?  Prefer bookstores to bar brawls?  Vote for Anthony’s session on how to change hearts and minds as he discusses his Personalized Learning Playbook.


New Hampshire is Standing Up for Better Education

Recently Anthony Kim, the Ed Elements’ CEO  had the opportunity to lead the competency-based learning strand at the 2015 New Hampshire Educators’ Summer Summit. His friend, Chris Sturgis from Competencyworks, gave one of the keynotes. New Hampshire has at the state level put in place the right policies and supports to empower districts to adopt competency-based learning. The key step for school districts in New Hampshire will be to figure out how to use technology to make sure it’s sustainable.  We are excited to be part of the conversations.


Design Spotlight:

New Designs Based on Problems of Practice in Uinta County School District #1

Last month, EE Design team members Keara Duggan,  Scott Johns, and Liz Kopp, had the chance to work with 64 UCSD #1 blended learning fellows (teachers who opted to transform their classroom to a blended model this year). During their two days together, teachers used the Innovation Configuration to help them narrow in on a problem of practice they think blended learning could help them solve. From there, they created designs for their specific grade level and subject areas. They will launch these designs this week! Here is an example of one of these teacher-created designs, including their innovation configuration (IC) focus areas and problems of practice. Enjoy!


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  • iNACOL the Blended and Online Learning Symposium, Orlando, FL., Nov 8-11. Don’t miss our pre-conference session with district leaders from 7 school districts: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel or our session with 3 inspiring districts: 50 Shades of Personalized Learning: There’s More Than One Way to Do It. #whyipersonalize

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