Ed Elements: February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

On Our Minds:

The History of Education Elements

Last December we celebrated Education Elements’ 5th birthday. It was an opportunity for us to celebrate the past, look forward to the future, and recognize the amazing people that contributed to the success of Ed Elements.

Education Elements’ growth and success is largely dependent on having a strong and capable team and working with content partners who have the same commitment to serving our amazing school districts that we do.  Today, we’re bringing the company’s history to life, and we're sharing with you our 5 year journey of success.

Check out everything that has happened the last 5 years: 



More Districts Are Standing Up For Personalized Learning

We are continuing our work with Corcoran, California and Superintendent Rich Merlo, LELA Cohort 1 Fellow.  Corcoran Unified has all of the ingredients for ensuring a personalized learning experience for all students, and we are thrilled to partner with the district as they plan to scale their work across all campuses.

In Bettendorf, Iowa, LELA Cohort 1 Fellow, Theron Schutte, is working with Education Elements to build on the work started in the fellowship and continue to build towards personalized learning for all students.  We are so excited to be continuing our work with them.


Virtual Schools

In August 2015, Education Elements helped the Agora Cyber Charter School, in PA, to re-launch their school.  This year students at Agora use the Highlight Virtual platform to log in, complete assignments, watch videos and on and on - it’s where they go to school! The student experience is better, the academic environment has more rigor, and the teachers and leadership have the tools they need to be successful (everything from marketing to enrollment to day-to-day operations).  Want to learn how we can help support your virtual school?  Download our virtual schools success kit or subscribe to our blog series to learn more.


Shadow a Student and Change Your Perspective

Education Elements spends a lot of time visiting classrooms and working with school leaders.  It is important for us all to take time out to remember why we do what we do...which is for the students!  Our team is going to go into the classroom as a student and participate in the Shadow a Student Challenge February 29-March 4. Will you join us?  We would love to share your experiences and feature it in upcoming blog post. If you are interested, let us know!


Great Opportunity: Summit Basecamp 

Summit Basecamp is a free program that provides teachers and schools across the U.S. with the resources they need to bring personalized learning into the classroom. This year, Summit Public Schools is working closely with a community of 24 grade level teams in 19 schools across the country,  exploring personalized learning and adapting it to meet the specific needs of their individual school communities.

Interested in learning more? Visit summitbasecamp.org, and, check out this article about the district and charter collaboration fostered by Summit Basecamp!  Full applications are due by March 4th. If you have any questions, please contact Christine DeLeon.



Product Spotlight:

At Education Elements, we are always figuring out how to use technology to make data-driven instruction easier and more efficient.  This past fall, we released Insights--simple data points that recognize patterns in student performance on digital content.  The team has been building out this offering with the release of two new Insights:  “Activity Trend” and “Usage Trend.”

These Insights automatically notify the teacher when a student is not performing like she usually does--Is Lucie completing more activities than average?  Is Lucie spending less time on a provider than she usually does?  Teachers can use this data to recognize or reward students who are performing better than normal or they can check-in with students who have shown a dip in their activity completion or usage.

These Insights are available for digital content providers like: i-Ready, ST Math, ALEKS, Compass, Achieve3000 and Lexia.


To find out more about these or other Insights, to suggest ideas, or to see a Highlight demo, please contact info@edelements.com.


Partner Spotlight:

amerit_logo_a_2014_1-460274-edited-697471-editedAcademicMerit provides teachers and students in grades 6-12 with a comprehensive solution for improving performance in text-dependent writing aligned with the Common Core. By integrating competency-based professional learning with student assessment and instructional content – all in a single, cloud-based platform – teachers gain the knowledge, the data, and the tools they need to inform and differentiate their instruction:

-        Assessments® is a user-friendly tool for selecting, administering, and scoring, and reporting benchmark and formative assessments in close reading and writing. With four levels of difficulty, three genres of texts, and the capability to build their own assessment, teachers gain flexibility; with Common Core-aligned reports, they gain the data they need to measure student performance over time.

-        Literary Companion® is an award-winning tool designed to complement, not replace, close reading of classic and contemporary literature. With a library of 35 texts covering grades 5-12 and more on the way, Literary Companion provides teachers with a valuable – and flexible – resource for strengthening the skills measured by Assessments21.

-        FineTune® is a first-of-its-kind tool for job-embedded professional learning in the evaluation of student writing. Teachers score anonymized essays using a five-category rubric, and then receive immediate feedback on their rate of calibration with normed scores. Category-specific modules deliver additional professional learning targeted to each teacher’s needs.

Currently both Assessments and Literary Companion are available with Single Sign-On through Education Element’s Highlight Platform.


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Places to Meet Up

Connect with us! 

  • CBOL:Feb 18-19. Colorado Conference on Blended and Online Learning, hosted by iNACOL. Board member Michael Horn will deliver the keynote and district partner Weld Greeley 6 will be presenting!  You can also come say hi to Keara, from our D&I team and Lindsey from Virtual Schools. 
  • DALI: February 24th-27th. The District Administration Leadership Institute Winter Summit #2 at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains, Scottsdale, AZ, Don’t miss Anthony’s keynote “Sherpas in the Future of Education”
  • NDLA: February 24th-26th.  Hear from Blane McCann Superintendent from Westside Community Schools and Ben Politzer from Education Elements at this Nebraska event focused on blended learning. Their presentation is called “Westside’s Approach and How You Can Do It Too” 
  • MACPL: February 29th - March 2nd. The Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning, Baltimore MD. Don’t miss the presentations of the two LELA Fellows, Christine Lay from the Gettysburg Area School District, PA, and Ross Kasun from Freehold Township Schools NJ. Also, do not miss  our CEO Anthony Kim’s presentation with Stephanee Stephens, from Fulton County Schools, GA. 
  • SXSWEdu: March 7th-10th, Austin, Texas. Once again Anthony Kim will take the stage in a great debate - this time against Alex Hernandez of the Charter School Growth Fund with Julia Freeland Fisher of the Christensen Institute moderating. Trust us, you don't want to miss it, or miss the Personalized Learning Playbook book signing by Anthony right after the debate,.
  • PL Summit 2016: May 19th - 20th. Save the date for the Personalized Learning Summit 2016, in San Francisco, CA. Join us for a two-day event focused on guiding your personalized learning journey. If you got an invite, rush up and save your spot now, the places are very limited. Can’t make it? Follow us on twitter using @edelements and #plsummit and get to learn with us!

Want to meet up at an event? Email amy@edelements.com and tell us where you will be! 




Join the conversation on February 18th, 4 pm EST: "What districts need to know before starting Personalized Learning." Our CEO Anthony Kim will personally answer your questions. 

Feel free to submit your questions here.

Follow @edelements, @anthonx and our tweetchat hashtag #PLChat 

Education Elements in the News

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Worth a Read

Check out a few articles we have gotten excited about over the past month:

Ready to Start Personalized Learning on the Right Foot? 

Download the Personalized Learning District Framework. 

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What Have Other Districts Done That You Should Avoid?

Check out the 6 Personalized Learning Risks That Districts Should Avoid:

Personalized Learning Playbook, by Anthony Kim

Download the Personalized Learning Playbook from our website for FREE, enjoy the graphics from the book, and join our Personalized Learning Community to discuss the playbook, ask questions and share thoughts.  You can also buy it from Amazon here!

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