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Keys to Implementing Personalized Learning as a Leader: An Interview with Dr. James Rickabaugh


Dr. James Rickabaugh, the Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning (IPL), wrote the book, Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders. It is an excellent text for principals and other administrators who may be considering personalized learning for their school building or district. The book reviews research that has been done by the institute, provides a complete introduction to personalized learning and includes strategies and activities to move toward implementation. It is also featured in our new Learners Edge course, 5054:  Navigating Personalized Learning as a Leader. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Rickabaugh to bring you a few key points to think about as you move toward personalized learning. Enjoy! 

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Topics: Leadership

Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Working with Exceptional Learners 

Today’s classrooms include students with disabilities, English Language Learners, gifted students, as well as other exceptionalities. Teachers need to be well-equipped with knowledge and evidence-based instructional practices to successfully support the needs (and strengths) of all learners.

Book editors, Wendy Murawski and Kathy Scott compiled and shared valuable expertise from leaders in the field of education in their book, What Really Works with Exceptional Learners. Here a sampling of some of the most helpful dos and don’ts when working with students with special needs and other exceptionalities.

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Topics: Special Populations

Connecting with Students: It's Not Always About the "Gold"


The Olympics have got me thinking….A few weeks ago the 2018 Olympic Winter Games began and I, along with so many throughout the world, found it to be “must see” T.V.  You need to understand that the Olympics and I go way back…all the way to 1980.  It just so happens that the first Olympics I truly “experienced” on earth have become part of the fabric of American sports.  The 1980 U.S. Hockey team won the gold medal and this “miracle on ice” was, to say the least, memorable.  I distinctly remember rushing to the front door of my house after they had won, only to shout “U.S.A!” over and over again…fortunately, none of the neighbors called the police….I was only 9.  It became a childhood memory for one reason, and one reason only: They won the gold. 

What if they had lost to the Russians in the semifinals? What if they had fallen to Finland in the final match? Would they have been remembered?

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration

Overcoming Teacher Stress [VIDEO]

Teaching is one of the most stressful careers out there! This stress can have negative impacts on health and happiness. Retraining your brain to focus on the positive can combat stress, increase resilience and decrease the impact of teacher burnout. Take a look!

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Video

Learners Edge Launches 9 NEW Continuing Education Courses

Happy (almost) Spring!! 

As we make our way out of the shadows, blinking into the sunlight this March, we have some exciting news to share with you! 

The Curriculum and Instruction team gave our course categories an overhaul! We dug in to really assess how we could make sure they represented the topics important to education professionals. As a result, we have added 6 new content topic areas and have also restructured a few of our existing course categories to better meet your needs. We have also provided definitions for each of the categories to help you target the course topics you are seeking. Take a look! 

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Spring Break Reading List & Tips

The feeling of relief that comes with spring break is high on the list of teacher “perks,” don’t you agree? Surviving winter with report cards and parent-conferences requires professional superpowers. And looming standardized testing dates strain most teachers with anxiety and apprehension. If it weren’t for a precious little spring break slotted right in between these two teacher stress-points, we might all just go hide in a cave and hibernate. But never fear, spring break is near!   

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Topics: Literacy

Come Meet Learners Edge at ASCD Empower 2018 in Boston!

Learners Edge is sending a team to ASCD's Empower 18 in Boston March 23-26 and we'd love to meet you! We want to learn about what's going on in your teaching world and how we can help meet your continuing education/professional development needs. Expect to learn about some great new courses, our free resource offerings and of course, take home some great swag!

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Topics: Learners Edge News

Learners Edge Announces Partnership with Gannon University

Expanding Professional Development Options for Teachers throughout Pennsylvania 

Lakeville, MN, March 6, 2018:  Learners Edge announces the addition of a new academic partner expanding the reach of continuing education courses for teachers throughout the state of Pennsylvania. While Learners Edge courses have been used by teachers throughout Pennsylvania, a partnership with highly respected Gannon University will expand teacher choice and further meet their professional development needs.

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Topics: Learners Edge News

Reading Fluency - Taking Time to Practice


Reading is a complex skill - this truth is visible and audible. Consider the critical path from phonemic awareness to phonics & word study to decoding to fluency to vocabulary - all the way to comprehension, everyone’s desired destination. Now consider the roadblocks that cause readers to stall or stumble on the road to reading proficiency.   

According the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Literacy (July 22, 2017), if solid reading skills aren’t formed during a child’s early years, the odds of dropping out down the road increase significantly. Kids who aren’t successfully reading at grade level by the third grade are four times less likely to finish high school. Think about this statistic - it’s staggering.  

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Topics: Literacy

Learners Edge Announces Expanded Partnership with Andrews University

Providing Increased Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers throughout Michigan

Lakeville, MN, March 5, 2018:  Learners Edge announces the expansion of a strategic academic partnership improving the reach of continuing education courses for teachers throughout the state of Michigan. While Learners Edge courses have been used by teachers throughout Michigan for more than a decade, the expanded partnership with highly respected Andrews University will enhance reach, teacher choice and more easily meet teacher’s professional development needs.

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Topics: Learners Edge News

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