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Volume 6 - April 2019

NY Newsletter April 2019

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Personalized Learning in New York newsletter!

This quarterly newsletter connects New York state, district, and school leaders of personalized learning, as well as those interested in starting the work.

Want to be featured? Want to speak with a district doing amazing work? Contact Angela Kennedy-Toon at angela@edelements.com.



Education Elements leads the way in bringing together dynamic leaders to transform education. Join us for two upcoming events in Syracuse, New York, and in Atlanta, Georgia!

Join Education Elements at The New School Rules Leadership Institute in Syracuse on April 25-26! Based on the best-selling book by Anthony Kim, the Institute is designed for education leaders who want to improve how their teams collaborate, make decisions, and achieve their goals. We know there is a better way for school and district teams to meet, function and make decisions, and that the changes we make to processes can lead to better academic results, greater teacher retention, and more thriving school systems. Register today!


Personalized Learning SummitTHE PERSONALIZED LEARNING SUMMIT 2019
The Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2019 registration is underway, and tickets are going fastJoin a community of 750 district and school leaders, personalized learning practitioners, and national experts in Atlanta, Georgia on May 14-16. The PL Summit is a two+ day in-person event full of professional development opportunities, dynamic and engaging sessions, networking events, inspiring and insightful keynotes, and tours of some of the most innovative companies in Atlanta.

Learn more and register at edelements.com/plsummit-2019.





WFL conference

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES hosted their second annual Personalized Learning Conference on March 20-21. Over 200 participants were able to choose from 52 breakout sessions led by educators from 15 different component districts and the BOCES.

Attendees heard a keynote from national consultant Allison Zmuda from KidSpeak, as well as a student-led panel discussion that featured students from Newark CSD, Gananda CSD, Williamson CSD, and BOCES instructional programs.

Congratulations to the Wayne-Finger Lakes region for another successful conference!

We’re also proud of districts in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region for “walking the walk” of personalized learning by getting into classrooms to see first-hand the amazing work of their teachers and students, as well as to provide real-time, personalized feedback.

Curious about best practices around PL learning walks? Contact the following districts that have made learning walks a regular part of their professional learning:

  • Clyde-Savannah CSD
  • Dundee CSD
  • Gananda CSD
  • Marion CSD
  • North Rose-Wolcott CSD
  • Red Creek CSD
  • Romulus CSD
  • Penn Yann CSD
  • Sodus CSD
  • Waterloo CSD
  • Williamson CSD
  • WFL BOCES  Instructional Programs



Middletown leadership practices
Documenting success! A film crew captures the story of adopting responsive practices from @6NewSchoolRules  in Middletown, NY. Middletown's practices will be featured at the 2019 Education Elements PL Summit!



Do you know how your district is doing against your strategic plan? Are your stakeholders part of this reflective conversation? Lewiston-Porter CSD wanted to make sure their answers were “yes,” and partnered with Education Elements to do a strategic planning pulse-check.

Now three years into their strategic plan, Lewiston-Porter community members came together this winter to discuss progress against the plan. Participants included teachers, school and district leaders, parents, community members, students, and board members.

The group participated in lightning rounds to highlight “bright spots” that have been implemented; generate a shared definition of consistency and impact; develop communication materials to celebrate accomplishments across stakeholders; and plan for how to extend successful actions over the next 18 months.

The team now has some clear steps for how to further empower and inspire students in the next school year.

Read our recent blog post to learn more about the Education Elements approach to strategic planning.


in the news - newsletter

Roberto-Padilla-1-1Congratulations Superintendent Roberto Padilla!
  • Superintendent Padilla from Newburgh Enlarged City School District was selected as an Education Week 2019 “Leader to Learn From” for being a ‘warrior against inequities.’ Congratulations Dr. Padilla - we’re proud to work with you! 
Interested in shifting organizational culture?
Find inspiration in new Education Elements blog posts!
  • Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Did you know that Adults 18+ spend on average 45 minutes per day on social media? In a recent blog post, Education Elements’ Yosr Najjar offers insights into the value of utilizing social media to tell your school’s story, and some tips on how to get started.
  • Do you wonder how well you’re preparing students for college? As you make the shift to innovative, student-centered pedagogical models, one of the cries of resistance is, “But we have to prepare our students for college, and colleges are lecture and notes!” In Takeaways for School Districts From the Latest Happenings at Harvard, former Education Elements Senior Design Principal Dana Britt shares her perspective as a graduate student at Harvard, listing the ways in which Higher Education has integrated some of the same personalized learning practices that our K12 partners have been utilizing for the past 8 years.
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Spring is here!

The upcoming months offer lots of opportunities for us to connect and continue to grow a culture of innovation and responsiveness in New York. The NSR Leadership Institute in Syracuse in April and the PL Summit in Atlanta in May will keep a spring in our step! We hope to see you at one or both of these events, and if you’d like to schedule a time to chat, just email Angela Kennedy-Toon at angela@edelements.com.


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