Episode 008: Always putting the students first, with Stacey Lange.

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Stacey Lange has been working in education for the past 15 years, beginning as an educational assistant, then as a classroom teacher and now as the Academic Dean at Walker Elementary in the West Allis - West Milwaukee School District. Stacey is still continuing her own education, as she will be returning to school for administrative leadership at Alverno College beginning this spring. Stacey has been involved in the district’s personalization initiative since the onset over 5 years ago. She has a passion for improving education and finding ways to empower students to take ownership of their learning and to follow their dreams. Stacey believes in a personalized education for all students that is student centered and tailored to her student’s learning styles and interests.

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i am ME. Statements

i am engaged. i am motivating. i am caring. 


What is one thing that makes you unique as a leader in education?I want to help my teachers reflect and grow within their own beliefs and knowledge so we can all work as a team.

What about teaching today gives you the greatest fulfillment?
When our students take ownership of their learning and become engaged.


Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
I along with my co-teachers worked and built a relationship with a very shy girl that struggled in school. Slowly, she became more confident and willing to come and participate in class.


What is it about Personalized Learning Pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
The skills and dispositions that we help our students acquire along the way.


Tell us about a challenging situation that could have resulted in a bad outcome, but because you persisted — and perhaps made tough decisions, the now painful memory serves as a great lesson?
Having huge budget deficits in our district challenged our decisions of trying to give our students the best opportunities with less money.


What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
Be reflective on your teaching practices in everything you do.

Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators — just like you when you started your personalized learning journey.  They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing.  What are two to three key things they should focus on to ensure success?
You need to focus on the growth mindset and have your school be a collaborative community.

i am ME.

Can you share with the i am Me. audience one thing that makes you GREAT?
I believe in building strong relationships, which is a very valuable trait.



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