“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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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?”...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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....

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...

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...

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 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...

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 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...

The Four Tendencies and Training

By Jamie Zertuche and Ashley Guadarrama You are about to embark on a training journey! This training will be different. It will not be as teacher-directed as most training environments. You will be asked to self-assess, set goals, take risks, and...

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 Magical Power of Goal Setting

If you ask any teacher what he or she desires for their students, be ready for a heartfelt response. You might hear something like,  “I want my students to be self-directed, have great communication skills, master the content and grow...

The Science of Small Group Instruction

By Sonia Delgado The task of meeting the needs of students with varying abilities, attitudes, learning styles, perceptual modes, multiple intelligences, diverse languages and multicultural backgrounds is often our biggest challenge in the classroom. Planning and implementing small group instruction...

Time to learn! The e2L YouTube channel

Did you know that engage2learn has a YouTube channel? Our team regularly uploads videos that show the work of our great partners, who change the lives of students every day. Our channel also features interviews with superintendents, classroom tours with...

To Be or Not To Be An Entrepreneur

By Chris Everett It is interesting that in today’s society we have significantly elevated the idealism of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial capacities. Ultimately, there seems to be this assumed association between entrepreneurialism and all of the great thinking and doing qualities...

Welcome to e2L Studio!

Welcome to e2L Studio!  We hope that it will help make your job easier and more engaging! So here’s a question for you: what do you need from e2L Studio? Do you need a library of resources to bring in...

What A Bright 2017!

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s important to reflect and celebrate. It was a banner year for e2L, but more importantly, it was a great year for our partner districts and their learners! In honor of educators’ hard work,...

What do I do now?

You logged in to e2L Studio, and now you’re staring at the screen. So many options.  So much stuff.  Where should you even start? Today, we’d like to introduce the Learning Library in e2L Studio, your home for finding and...

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...

What is social emotional learning (SEL)?

Education is a complex system. We want learners to emerge from public school with both hard facts and the Life Ready Skills that prepare them for both present and future challenges, inside and outside of the classroom. As we talk...

What kind of learner are you?

Everyone processes information differently, but there are three main categories of learners. The most common learner types are visual, auditory, and tactile. Your learner style will influence how you break down information as well as the best way to absorb...