“Why are we learning this?”

By Lauren Hurt-Ashwin From kinder through high school, students give us 20,000 hours of their lives. It’s no surprise they eventually start asking, “Why are we learning this?” That’s actually a valid question! Authenticity helps students find relevance in their...

#e2L Hustle: A Day in the Life

                by Shannon Buerk, Founder, and CEO of engage2learn. When I was the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in a district, we often had people ask what we did all day in...

#EducatorsChoose – Vote in the 2018 Texas Primaries!

engage2learn works with partner districts across Texas and even the United States. We often hear our partner districts talking about the importance of molding students to be active, contributing citizens. The foundational principle of this citizenship in America’s democracy is...

4 Best Practices for An Amazing School Culture

Everybody wants to have a fun, positive culture. You can implement all the strategies you want, but at the end of the day, a strong culture trumps strategy. Culture enables teams to work more efficiently and produce higher quality results....

5 Steps to Form Shared Beliefs

By Shannon Buerk I will never forget our first Strategic Planning retreat as an organization. It took place in 2011, a mere seven months after we launched engage2learn; the location was our living room. With an intimate group of e2L...

A Call to Action: The Case for Public Education

By Shannon Buerk At a breakfast on Saturday of TASB last weekend, I was once again inspired by a talk Dr. David Vroonland gave, declaring his support for public, community schools and referencing the original concept for these schools in...

A Plate Full of Initiatives

by Janet Mobley With the holiday season approaching, think of all of the food that will be prepared as families and friends gather together.  Just for a second, envision how someone’s plate might look with turkey, ham, dressing (delicious), mashed...

A Project Management Series | Success Criteria

By Albert Martinez We’ve all been involved in projects, whether in the workplace or at home. We’ve also experienced the much-dreaded project failure. Why does it happen to us and what did we miss? In K-12, schools not only need...

Accountability is not a Four-Letter Word

By Kammi Green I have been in the public education system for over three decades as both a student and an educator.  During my time in public education, the focus has always been on using standardized tests to hold campuses...

Badges? I want some stinking badges!

Ever wanted to go back and relive your scouting days? Great news!  You can earn badges through e2L Studio.  You can save them on to your eStudio Profile or even print them out and put them on the walls of...

Blended learning is everywhere!

Too often blended learning is thought of as a one-off addition, or that it’s only for STEM and STEAM programs.  Some believe only magnet schools and gifted and talented programs can make blended learning a reality. Fortunately, none of this...

Building “synergy” in McAllen ISD

Last week, Sandra Sanchez from McAllen’s local newspaper “The Monitor” wrote on the “synergy” building in McAllen ISD as a result of e2L’s Strategic Design facilitation. “COMMENTARY: There’s a ‘synergy’ building for McAllen school district” By Sandra Sanchez For two...

Critical Analysis Best Practices

Humans analyze almost constantly throughout our day. We ask ourselves numerous questions as we plan our actions. What time do I need to leave to get to work? How do I phrase something in a meeting? Adults aren’t unique in...

Cultural Tenets: Why, What, How

By Shannon Buerk Anyone who knows me well understands that I feel called to be leading engage2learn. Quite frankly, I did not set out to own an organization, to be an entrepreneur, or to ever leave the classroom. When I...

Culture Strategic Design

By Teresa Tate Across all areas of professional organizations, leadership focuses on vision, goals, and strategies to transform the organization and build success.  Nowhere is this more prevalent than in education. Still, decades of working toward accomplishing the vision have...

Digital literacy and achievement

Digital literacy is the key to navigating an uncertain but bright future. As the world continues to digitize in new, exciting ways, it’s clear that our students’ futures will be filled with screens. They need to not only understand technology,...

Direct Instruction in a Small Group Environment

By Teresa Tate As a teacher, I pondered how I could deliver direct instruction that my students needed if they were working independently or in small groups. I questioned, “How can my students learn if I’m not directly teaching them?”...

Diversity and Courageous Leadership

By Shannon Buerk Have you ever heard the saying, “Great minds think alike”? At e2L, we believe that great minds think differently. In education, however, there is not currently diversity in the superintendency. Even though 77% of educators are female,...

e2L and ISTE 2017. Are you in?

engage2learn is looking forward to attending the ISTE 2017 conference in sunny San Antonio from June 26 – June 28. ISTE, or the International Society for Technology in Education, has more than 100,000 members across the globe and has advocated...

e2L Has A New Look!

The world of education is in constant flux, and as a team of educators, so are we. Check out engage2learn’s new look, which we’ve updated to better reflect our mission. Why a rebrand? A vital part of e2L’s mission is...

e2L is on fire with hot EdTech trends

We firmly believe that education will continue to modernize thanks to the growing technology trends. EdTech promises to make our learning more efficient as it plays a central role in public schools. In fact, ISTE recently released a report on...

e2L Studio: Help!

You may (or may not) have noticed a new addition to e2L Studio: a question mark. This isn’t just any old punctuation, however! This particular question mark, found to the left of your initials in the upper right hand corner...

Education is Life Itself

One classroom. One teacher. An average of 30 students per class. Deadlines. Curriculum. Pacing guides. Formal exams. Gaps. Grades and report cards. Add to that, the expectation that students must learn, “How to learn” in contrast to “What to learn”...

ELM Bright Spots

We at Engage! are so excited about the results coming in from our Engage! Learning Model (ELM) Campuses that we wanted to share them with you. Below you will find what we like to call our “ELM Data Bright Spots”,...

Engaging All Learners

You know those students who sit in the back row of the classroom and are usually either asleep or otherwise oblivious to what is going on around them? The ones who avoid the front row like the plague? The ones...

Engaging Visionary Superintendents

Future Ready Superintendent Institute: Building on the Visioning Work In 2012-13, Shannon Buerk, CEO for Engage Learning, will be facilitating the TASA Future Ready Superintendent Institute, which is the extension of the work done by the Texas Visioning Institute– Creating a New Vision for...

Fail Often to Succeed More

              by Shannon Buerk, Founder and CEO of engage2learn. One of our consistent norms at engage2learn is to fail often in order to succeed more. No, we are not setting ourselves up for failure;...

Finding Meaning Admist Darkness

                By Christin Leggett As an educator and military spouse, I often find myself looking for an explanation for our life’s purpose. After all, those living a similar gypsy lifestyle are all too...

From Future Ready to Life Ready

The e2L team is no stranger to Future Ready learning. But as our mission progresses, we find there’s sometimes a need to adjust our thought process, and thus change the terminology we use for that process. For this reason, we’re...

Game Changers | Cultivating Innovative Cultures

Due to popular demand, Friends of Texas Public Schools and engage2learn are partnering to offer the 2016-17 Game Changers cohort.  A select group of Texas Superintendents and Principals are invited to become  Game Changers learning from the nation’s top business...

Growth mindset as a leader

Growth mindset isn’t just a skill for learners and educators. It’s a crucial component of effective leadership. It’s possible to be in a position of authority without a growth mindset, but that makes you a boss, not a leader. See...

Growth Mindset with e2L Studio

Do you ever sit and think to yourself: how can I do this better? That’s a growth mindset. And that’s what our team of mad scientists do with e2L Studio every day. We ask ourselves, “How can we make this...

Hey! Where is your Technology Plan?

By Richelle O’Neil You did it! You successfully advocated for the addition of new technology tools for your school district. But now what?  Now, you may find yourself left with more questions than when you began. For instance, will students...

How Buildings Influence Behaviors

By Shannon Buerk You know how when you walk into a place and you get an immediate sense of the culture? Places have a feel to them. I remember my classroom when I was a first-year teacher. It was sterile....

How Campus Culture Influences Classroom Culture

Leaders are the heart of their campus. A leader’s decisions can determine student outcomes, teacher success, and even the campus culture as a whole. A campus culture is a unique outlook or set of behaviors that defines a school–but did...

How Communities Improve Student Performance

We live in an ever-changing world. As our futures evolve, our approach to learning and teaching must also evolve to keep up with the economy of tomorrow. It’s our mission at engage2learn to make sure learners are prepared for this...

How e2L helps IR campuses

All schools have their challenges. But an “Improvement Required” campus faces additional challenges and pressures. Where does a campus turn to find help in facilitating an IR turnaround? What’s the best way to get a school out of IR status...

How to Add 13 Years to Your Life

      by Shannon Buerk, Founder, and CEO of engage2learn.   Plato Said It Best Distraction and lost productivity in the workplace have many harmful consequences, including added stress, longer working hours, and low morale. Acclaimed public speaker, Brendon...

How to conduct an amazing facilities assessment

Learning doesn’t happen without an effective environment. Even if we coach and train teachers and leaders to the best of their abilities, they still rely on an amazing environment to facilitate learning. That’s why public schools often find themselves evaluating...

How to pass a bond: A tribute to FWISD leadership

Back in the summer of 2017, Fort Worth ISD had a problem. Its schools needed an updated infrastructure and the district experienced overcrowding at some campuses. To solve these issues, Superintendent Scribner and the Board of Trustees hired engage2learn, an...

If You Build it…They Will Learn

When building a house, one of the key components is the framework. It starts with a vision, a solid blueprint plus a plan for implementation. Once construction begins, the team works together to bring the vision/call to action of the...

It’s not luck. It’s focus.

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on.  But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully....

Leader Profile diy

Leader Profile is aligned to the learner profile with the unique characteristics, skills, and traits that are necessary for leaders to realize the call to action/vision for the district. Outcome: Leader Profile aligned to the Learner Profile that describes the type...

Learner Profile diy

Your learner profile is a collection of characteristics, skills, and traits desire by your community for its learners. It aligns operations and the learning experience to equip students for the future. Whether you’re building a tech plan, facilities assessment, or...

Lessons From Game Changers

On October 25 – 26, over 70 superintendents and principals convened at Rackspace in San Antonio, TX for this year’s first Game Changers event. Game Changers gives public school leaders the chance to tour and learn from innovative business leaders...

Linking Learning Environments and Culture

Culture is critical in producing the results you want from your educators and learners. While leaders can take a starring role in building a school culture, the learning environment itself influences culture as well. Here’s how you can help create...

Mastering the Active Learning in Physics

“Everything that I have learned with  engage2learn (e2L) has helped prepare me to move forward.” expressed Pedro Davila Physics and Environmental Science teacher at Bowie High School in Arlington ISD.  Davila was able to push through his fears to make...

Motivating Students Before and After Testing

By Dr. Luz Martinez Since the publication of “No Child Left Behind,”  high-stakes testing has become a current reality in our educational environments. In this reality, students of various grade levels are required to take standardized tests in specific areas and in specific...

Nurturing A Growth Mindset

By Shannon Buerk Driving back home to the coast after Hurricane Harvey, I was so moved by the scene at every turn. Images of irreparable damage: flattened homes and businesses, metal buildings cut up like paper through a shredder, power...

On Winning A Stevie

By Shannon Buerk I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has so graciously congratulated me on winning the Stevie Award for Most Innovative Woman of the Year in Technology in 2017. In the post-awards ceremony interview, I...

Out Of The Norm: How Norms Influence Culture

Norms aren’t something we always think about, but they’re everywhere. Norms are the reason we wait in lines at the grocery store, make eye contact while chatting with a friend, and brush our teeth before work. A norm is simply...

PBL Helps Campus Meet Adequate Yearly Progress

For schools who transform from the traditional classroom environment, embracing Project Based Learning (PBL) as an instructional model can translate into significant changes in student learning evidenced in state assessments. Such was the case at Roy Miller High School/Metropolitan School...

Preparing Students to be Ready for Life

The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be challenging. Imagine how difficult it would be to transition without the skills necessary to function in today’s society. Skills such as Communication, Collaboration, and a healthy Growth Mindset are just a few...

Purple Up! For the Military Child

by Christin W. Leggett For 33 consecutive years, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child by the U.S. Department of Defense. Public schools and communities nationwide show their support of this unique student population through the...

Recognition Systems with Growth As An Outcome

It’s important for people to feel recognized. No matter their age or occupation, humans spend much of their daily lives collaborating with other people to accomplish their goals. While the notion of recognition is most popular in the workplace, it’s...

Respected Visionary Dawson Orr Joins engage2learn

Partners with School Districts to Establish High Performing Cultures Today, Shannon Buerk, President and Chief Executive Officer of engage2learn, announced Dr. Dawson Orr has joined the organization. Orr will partner with school districts across the nation to design and establish...

Responsible Campus Rollout

Responsible Campus Rollout Classrooms decorated from floor to ceiling, check. Campus fully staffed, check. Schedules completed, and students are eager to return to school on the first day. But, are you and the campus really ready?  Each year, schools around...

Responsible District Rollout

Communication literally rules the nation right now. We all walk around with a direct source to our news and access to contacts at our fingertips. Even with all the advancements in technology communication can be lost. It is important to...

Schools With Design In Mind

What do you get when you combine innovation, creativity and design with public education? The Metropolitan Schools of Design (Metro E and Metro Prep), which are a magnet K-12 feeder pattern in Corpus Christi, TX. The Metro grant writers and...

Series: How can schools keep learners more engaged?

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to write blogs about improving education. For their first assignment, they tackled the topic, “How can schools keep learners more engaged?”  Hear what Harlingen...

Series: How can schools keep learners more engaged?

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to write blogs about improving education. For their first assignment, they tackled the topic, “How can schools keep learners more engaged?”  Hear what Harlingen...

Series: How can schools keep learners more engaged?

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to write blogs about improving education. For their first assignment, they tackled the topic, “How can schools keep learners more engaged?”  Hear what Kilgore...

Series: How can schools keep learners more engaged?

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to write blogs about improving education. For their first assignment, they tackled the topic, “How can schools keep learners more engaged?”  Hear what Kilgore...

Series: Interview with an Educator

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to interview an educator on their campus. Hear what Kilgore ISD student Leticia has to say about her Humanities teacher, Mr. Stanley. It is...

Series: Interview with an Educator

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to interview an educator on their campus. Hear what Kilgore ISD student Anushka has to say about her teacher, Coach Dean. Teachers have an...

Series: Interview with an Educator

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to interview an educator on their campus. Hear what Harlingen CISD student Sebastian has to say while he interviewed his teacher, Mr. Becerra.  Why...

Small Group Instruction is No Small Feat

By Christin Leggett According to Time Magazine, “When we free ourselves from the notion of one person delivering information at the front of a classroom at a set pace, it allows us to completely rethink our assumptions of what a...

Social emotional learning makes schools safer

School is back in session, and campuses are abuzz with activity. Safety and security is always a concern in public schools, especially after many acts of violence in our schools last year. Educators, leaders, community members, parents, and students are...

Spring Break Challenge: 4 Things

      by Shannon Buerk, Founder, and CEO of engage2learn.   For a few years now, I have taken on a health challenge over Spring Break that has made the time even more beneficial. I have challenged people I...

Spring Break Reading List For Educators

Happy almost spring break, educators! We’re sure you aren’t short of ideas of how to spend the week. It’s a great time to relax and recharge before finishing the school year strong. One great way to relax and practice self-care...

Standards Alignment in ELM

How is engage2learn aligned to the Texas Standards? Let’s count the ways . . . 1. Curriculum The curriculum design process in our model is 100% focused on the Texas standards including the TEKS, TCCRS, and the Texas Common Core...

Students’ Corner: My Public School Experience

Welcome to the engage2learn Leading Learners blog series! We asked students across the state of Texas to interview their peers. Hear Kilgore ISD student Leticia interview her peers about their experience in public education. I am pleased to introduce Student A...

Taking the engage2learn Learning Model Districtwide

Engage Learning is thrilled to be partnering with both Duncanville ISD and Harlingen CISD as they take the vision for project-based learning across their districts.  Knowing that PBL increases student engagement, attendance and achievement, the leadership in these two visionary...

The 5 Love Languages in the Classroom

By Lauren Hurt-Ashwin I’ve always been obsessed with the psychology of relationships, and as a newlywed, it was no different. As many do, my husband and I read and implemented “The 5 Love Languages” book to ensure that the love...

The A,B,C’s of (Real World) Success

By Ryan Pflughaupt It was a chilly January evening in a small, rural district in South Texas where community stakeholders gathered to provide district leaders with valuable feedback concerning the expectations they had for their children’s school experience. Also assembled...

The Art of Feedback with eGROWE

No matter what field one is in and even in personal relationships, providing feedback and learning or developing new habits is an important and delicate process. These conversations should always result in growth. This can be difficult, however, without a...

The Best Free Back-To-School Apps

School is almost back in session! As teachers decorate their classrooms and prepare for a new school year, it’s the perfect time to find new tools and resources to help make this year even better than the last. Here’s a...

The e2L Blended Framework: A Journey of Growth

By Samantha Parker If you have read my fellow eGrowe coach, Robyn Scott’s, blog post on “Using the School Design Framework as the One Thing” you already understand how the engage2Learn Blended Framework incorporates the facilitation of 21st Century Life...