District Leaders

#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…

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…

4 Ways to Future-Ready

What happens when savvy, forward thinking district leaders collaborate with each other and with us at Engage! to design systems for learning? They get beyond theory to action! Darrell Alexander, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in Alvin ISD says,…

5 Critical Moves for Leaders During a Crisis

Written by Chris Everett and Kammi Green. To say that these are unprecedented times seems like a significant understatement. The reality is that everything we know and are accustomed to has changed, and we’re all adjusting to a “new normal.”…

5 Tips for Making Meetings Matter

The Meeting Madness How often have you had a meeting on a topic only to realize you had already met on this topic previously and no decisions had been implemented yet?  Employees are spending more time than ever in meetings;…

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 Tale of Two Districts

Leaders that have the courage to engage their community in Designing Transformation are not the norm. These leaders want to make the TASA New Vision a reality for their students, they value collaborating with their parents, students, and community to…

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…

Continuing the work of equity

Over the past few weeks, I have been so inspired and honored to read and watch so many of our partner districts state their commitment to fighting against racism. It is readily apparent to me that these were more than…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

How We Work Ourselves Out of a Job

We Don’t Want to be Your Partner Forever Most companies don’t start off New Business Development meetings with “Our goal is to work ourselves out of a job.” However, at engage2learn (e2L), our greatest desire is to see our partners…

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.

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….

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…

Librarian Support in Dallas ISD

In 2017, Dallas ISD leadership began to consider how to reimagine the role of the librarian. To do this, they posed a simple question: What if we coached and supported librarians in creating and implementing innovative programs that align to, extend, and enhance what’s happening in the classroom?

Mitigating Learning Loss: It’s About Time

Every ed leader I talk to is beyond weary with the never-ending challenges of a shifting landscape in this highly-irregular, pandemic-driven ‘20-’21 school year. The Herculean and persistent efforts of educators everywhere are so impressive, yet, despite these efforts, the…

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…

New Partnership with Leeds Equity Partners

Our mission to help the neighborhood public school be the first choice for every family has never been more important to meet the challenges facing public schools today. Now more than ever, public schools need help to implement individualized learning…

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…

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…

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…

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