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Problems Of Practice

Looking for answers to specific problems? Explore concrete ways to address various challenges - not only the "what" but also the "why" and the "how" - in the collection below.

Station Rotation

How do I set up a station rotation model in my classroom?

Interested in implementing stations and not sure where to start? This guide will give you tangible resources and research, with key insights and strategies around culture, space, and routines. 

How do I deepen differentiation and personalization within a station rotation model?

Currently implementing stations and thinking “now what?” This guide will give you resources around how adding more flexibility of movement, timing, strategic data use, and varied groupings will allow for greater differentiation, personalization, and...

How do I develop student ownership and accountability in a station rotation model?

Implementing a station rotation model requires intentional accountability systems to develop student ownership and ensure student success. This guide will go through strategies for developing student ownership through choice, habits, and student...

Supporting Diverse Learners

How do I strategically instruct diverse learners in a personalized learning classroom?

How do you ensure that your instruction is supporting your diverse learners effectively? Have you looked at ways to crosswalk students' IEPs with your current Learner Plans, engaged educators to collaborate around strategic supports, and/or explored...

How do I ensure rigor and high expectations for the whole student in blended/personalized learning classrooms?

Ensuring rigor and high expectations for diverse learners means more than just making sure they are able to achieve the same content goals, but also supporting them to reach social and emotional goals. This guide explores ways to address both of...

How can strategic staffing better serve diverse learners?

This guide will give you concrete resources, research, and insights on three different ways to revisit your current staffing models to better serve diverse learners, including reinventing the special education teacher role, creative hiring, and...

Leadership Design Choices

Centralized vs. Decentralized Implementation: How do we decide what the district should hold tight vs. loose?

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of centralized or decentralized implementation of new instructional models and offers examples of the way systems across the county have managed this tension.

“Fast and Furious” vs. “Slow and Steady”: How fast should we be moving from pilot to scale? What will help us best achieve sustainability?

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of accelerating versus slowing down the pace of implementation to achieve sustainability and offers examples of the way systems across the country have managed this tension.

Prioritize Need vs. Prioritize Readiness: How do we decide where to pilot and how to allocate resources to schools?

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of allocating resources based on the need versus the readiness of schools and offers examples of the way systems across the county have managed this tension.

Build Internally vs. Buy Externally: How should we develop our talent and resource pipeline?

This guide unpacks the relative benefit of buying external resources and services versus building internal capacity and offers examples of the way systems across the county have managed this tension.

Fixed Strategy vs. Adapt with Experience: How flexible should our district strategy be over time?

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of creating fixed versus adaptive scaling strategies and offers examples of the way systems across the county have managed this tension.

“Prix Fixe” vs. “A la Carte”: Should we scale a comprehensive model throughout our system or provide access to a series of independent, modular resources or tools?

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of creating a central “prix fixe” implementation model vs offering more flexible “a la carte” options and offers examples of the way systems across the county have managed this tension.

Share Best Practices vs. Share Process/Failures: How might practitioners best learn from one another? What should we be cataloguing and sharing throughout the district?

This guide unpacks the relative benefits of sharing “best practices” versus sharing our processes and failures, and offers examples of the way systems across the county have managed this tension.