Jonathan G. Vander Els

Jonathan G. Vander Els

Jonathan G. Vander Els is the director of innovative projects at the New Hampshire Learning Initiative, a foundation created to serve as a catalyst for innovation in education in New Hampshire. He was formerly the principal of Memorial Elementary School in the Sanborn Regional School District.

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Jonathan G. Vander Els

Jonathan G. Vander Els is the director of innovative projects at the New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI), a foundation created to serve as a catalyst for innovation in education in New Hampshire. NHLI supports the scaling of a fully integrated, personalized, and competency-based preK–20 system in the state.

Jonathan was formerly the principal of Memorial Elementary School in the Sanborn Regional School District in New Hampshire. Under his leadership, Memorial Elementary School has become a nationally recognized model professional learning community and competency-based learning environment.

Jonathan has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on PLCs, competency-based education, teacher leadership, and assessment. He is actively involved in the New Hampshire Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) initiative and leads the State of New Hampshire’s effort to integrate skills and dispositions into curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in elementary education, and a specialist degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of New Hampshire. He holds elementary education, principal, and superintendent certification in New Hampshire.

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Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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Presentation titles by Jonathan G. Vander Els

  • Collaborative Leadership Teams: The Catalyst for Continuous School Improvement
  • Building Performance Assessments in Collaborative Teams
  • Transitioning to Competency-Based Education: How PLCs Facilitate This Change
  • Providing Focused Intervention and Extension for All Students Through a Collaborative Model of Support
  • Using Data Cycles to Analyze and Inform Instruction
  • Student Work and How It Informs Instruction in a Competency-Based System
  • How Performance Assessments Determine Competency
  • Building Purposeful and Focused SMART Goals That Positively Impact Student Learning
  • Assessments That Truly Support Student Learning
  • Culture Is Key: Cultivating and Sustaining the Collective Mindsets to Transform Learning

“Jon was extremely well prepared and extremely knowledgeable! My elementary teachers were so comfortable with Jon. They asked him questions and he answered every single one of them. We are planning on bringing him back. Jon is excellent!”

Horda Semdani, supervisor of research, professional development, and professional learning communities, Bossier Parish Schools, Louisiana