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Teachers, administrators come to learn in Edina

March 12, 2019 - Secondary educators from around the Twin Cities will come to Edina Public Schools (EPS) March 13 to learn, discuss and share concepts around learning practices.

“Bringing Personalized Learning to Scale in Minnesota” will be hosted by the district’s Teaching and Learning Department and sponsored by The Institute for Personalized Learning. About 125 participants, including representatives from EPS, are expected at the day-long event.

With completion of nearly all construction related to the Next Gen Facilities Plan, teachers and administrators from around Minnesota are touring Edina schools with regularity. Over the past several months, about 20 districts have toured South View Middle School alone. Some return more than once, sending different teaching teams who want to see how to advance the learning environment for their students.

According to Randy Smasal, director of teaching and learning, they come to see how Edina’s new learning spaces, combined with innovative learning practices, create engaging learning environments that lead to the excellence for which an Edina education is known.

“Our Edina teachers are constantly striving to improve their practice, create engaging learning experiences and empower students to own their education,” Smasal said. “We are excited to host this collaborative learning event.”

The conference on March 13 will be at the Edina Community Center. Attendees have many sessions from which to choose, including: personalizing the learning experience in math, social studies, science and language arts. Other sessions will provide opportunities for teachers and principals to share best practices in teaching and learning. Tours of South View Middle School and Edina High School are also part of the day.

“EPS is eager to host this opportunity for a day of learning where professionals come together to share and learn from one another,” Smasal said. “When we come together, we all get better.”

Click here to take a video tour of personalized learning classrooms in EPS middle schools.


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