Campus Leaders

3 Things Every Teacher Needs Right Now

Under normal circumstances being a teacher is hard, but in the face of a global pandemic that causes rolling school closures, it feels downright impossible. Educators across the country are scrambling to do their very best to make sure our…

A Beginner’s Guide to Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning anyway? At the 2019 TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin, Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist for Google, noted that the technology our students use currently will be the least innovative device they’ll ever see. For my Y2K…

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…

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…

Campus Transformation Through Coaching in Arlington ISD

Last year, Arlington ISD partnered with engage2learn (e2L) to help turn around several campuses that were in Improvement Required status. Even though COVID-19 and school closures mean we don’t have end of year student achievement data, the transformation happening on these campuses…

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…

Design Thinking for Educators

I got interested in Design Thinking during my graduate work at Portland State University in my late 20s. David Kelley founded IDEO in 1978, and by the time I was in graduate school in 1995, user-centered design and Design Thinking…

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,…

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 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…

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”…

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…

How Coaching on Competencies Reduces Teacher Burnout

In the face of teacher burnout, providing “more tools in the toolbox” can be overwhelming, creating more harm than good. Designing a set of consistent, predictable instructional practices or competencies, on the other hand, is crucial in effectively supporting teachers and accelerating student learning.

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 Norms Influence School 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…

How Teacher Coaching Transformed My District

When the pandemic disrupted in-person learning in the spring of 2020, Pampa ISD leadership knew the district needed a new, scalable instructional coaching model to better support their teachers and students. So, they turned to engage2learn. Pampa ISD Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Abby Hancock tells their story.

How Teacher Growth Leads to School Improvement

When Abilene ISD chose to partner with engage2learn, they took two different but effective approaches to supporting teachers across three schools and knew they would have to continue the momentum into the current school year – even through a pandemic.

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 Hire the Right People Every Time

Job, Career, or Vocation Every person deserves to spend their working life doing something they enjoy. Unfortunately, not all people get that opportunity. There are three different ways people label their work. One way is to think of the 40…

Is it Time to Revolutionize the Grading System?

Quick question:  If we are finally realizing the importance of creating learning environments that reflect life outside of the classroom, then why haven’t we changed our grading system? It’s safe to say that education has drastically changed in the last…

Is Toxic Positivity Killing Your School Culture?

Some people are quick to address difficult problems with culturally driven and popular positive sayings, like, “It could be worse,” or “Look on the bright side!” While well-intended, these comments often have the reverse effect and actually decrease morale. It’s called toxic positivity, and it may be seeping into your school or district.

Lesson Planning Today for Accelerated Learning Tomorrow

Pandemic-related disruptions in learning likely mean that the students coming to you next year might be at very different stages of mastery and engagement. But don’t worry! By lesson planning with differentiation, autonomy, and the learner at the center, you’ll be equipped to meet each student where they are and set them on a path toward mastery.

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…

Modernizing Continuous Performance Management

Organizations spend a fortune purchasing performance management tools that often fail to meet their unique needs. At engage2learn (e2L), we set out to develop a fully customized performance management system that leveraged existing technology adoptions. The result was an agile…

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…

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…

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 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: 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 Kilgore ISD student Leticia has to say about her Humanities teacher, Mr. Stanley. It is…

Strategic Abandonment: 3 Tips for Letting Go

As educators, we are often quick to launch the next great initiative that promises to help us meet our goals and improve student outcomes, but rarely do we take time to analyze and defer the old programs that are no longer working. Strategic abandonment is the key to shedding unnecessary initiatives and making room for better ones.

Testing Motivation & Encouragement for Students

Since the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act, 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 subjects. Districts…

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 Importance of Formative Feedback

By Kammi Green Why Formative Feedback? This summer I set a goal to run a half-marathon in 2 hours this coming December 2017. This  is a big goal for me, considering my fastest time is 2 hours and 15 minutes….

The Long-Term Benefits of Comprehensive Coaching

Background Developing an innovative learning experience with a focus on comprehensive literacy development in classrooms district-wide is changing the trajectory of students’ lives and producing a more literate community as a whole in Mesquite ISD, a mid-sized urban school district…

The Long-Term Impact of Coaching New Teachers

Studies show that new teachers with little or no preparation are more than twice as likely to leave teaching than those who are fully prepared with high-quality mentors. Learn how partnering your new teachers with personalized coaches can transform their practice and student learning.

The One-Year School Turnaround Story!

“Improvement Required” is undoubtedly the last place a campus wants to find themselves.  In an effort to establish local accountability systems, in 2017, the Texas State Legislature established three domains for academic performance: 1) Student Achievement, 2) School Progress, and…

The Parent Toolkit for School Closures

The unprecedented events caused by COVID-19 have launched many parents throughout the country into truly uncharted territory. Nearly overnight, you all have become educators! We understand the thought of managing a homeschool…

Virtual Meetings That Work: 5 Quick Tips

This is the second blog of a two-part series on virtual meetings. If you do not already have an effective video-conferencing, project management, and shared calendaring system for your organization, I recommend you go back and read part one first:…

What is a High Performance Culture?

When e2L partners with a district, we strive to create a High Performance Culture. But what exactly is a High Performance Culture (HPC)? Is all this talk about culture just fluff, or is there a measurable return on HPCs? Too…

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