Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

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Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. A few have begun giving students more control over what they learn, believing that this will get them more engaged in their studies. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Personalized Learning poverty teachers

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

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public education these days is personalized learning. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer. Personalized learning has laudable aims.

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Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll

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Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. Although Personalized Learning has gained considerable traction in education, there is still much confusion and, at times, heated debate regarding what this set of ideas actually means and looks like in practice. As Larry Cuban referenced in a recent post , the core idea of personalized learning is far from new. Learning is social.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

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Distinctive Schools , a network of high-performing charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Michigan, offers an example of how to create and operate a personalized learning system. It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

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Participants in the venture’s fourth cohort did come together in person on Thursday, though, to present their work at a theater in Oakland. Meanwhile, the schools that shared their ideas focused on student-centered learning and models that honor the differences in students and “think about personalized learning beyond just technology.” Employers on the platform, meanwhile, get to learn about the potential of their current employees.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

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Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. Personalized learning is one of the most popular goals in schools today.

Giving students a say

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He decides whether to tackle a math lesson or a science one, for example, taking into account his own interests as well as his responsibilities. Now, if he finishes a history lesson first, for example, he goes on to the next one – or switches to another subject. We personalize based on what the student needs to be academically successful, we do not necessarily personalize based on what the student wants.”. It’s not like you’re learning different stuff,” Roshawn said.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

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There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. About 6 percent of students nationwide are “twice exceptional,” or 2e: They have high academic aptitude but struggle with ADHD, mild autism, dyslexia or other learning and behavioral challenges. On a recent weekday, two students were huddled with a teacher in a hallway strewn with orange and green bean bags, learning to code on a computer.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

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Personalized learning lets Champlain Valley Union High School sophomore Bella Curtis study toward a certificate in horse management. New ways of teaching and learning are needed to make sure students prove they’ve mastered topics before earning a diploma, they say. We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

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She has learned to use technology-enabled woodcutting tools and is at work creating a virtual tour of her school, Laing Middle School in Charleston County, using another drone she built in the school’s Fab Lab. Good career exploration today is working to develop things in young people — the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to communicate effectively, personal responsibility — that help them have agency in making decisions about careers.”.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

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In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs. Maine’s march toward a proficiency-law began in 1997, with the adoption of the Maine Learning Results, which set statewide standards in eight content areas.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Personalized learning advocates had big hopes for ESSA, enacted in 2015. In a personalized classroom, students are taught how to take control of their own learning, so that they can take different pathways to gain understanding of concepts. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

MIA in School: Instilling a Sense of Purpose in Students

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I should be grateful that I have a child who seems to know what he wants in life, knows what he wants to learn about, and moves confidently towards the future. This can create a situation where students feel little personal ownership in their success. We sort them by age, not aptitude; govern learning by bells, not mastery; teach to the test, not to their interests. By allowing students to lead their own learning and exploration, we are teaching them to be intentional.

What’s school without grade levels?

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In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. But as the movement against seat-time learning grows, more schools nationwide will be grappling with grade levels, deciding whether to keep them or to hack through thickets of political, logistical and cultural barriers to uproot them. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

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Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. This is especially important because teachers have so many other things to get adjusted to, learn, and frankly, worry about. After establishing principles, participants should learn about the practices that help them make instructional changes from data analysis.

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Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

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What could be the reason for not focusing on literacy on a consistent basis for their professional learning efforts? – Trauma-based learning. – Personalized learning. – Blended learning or a 1:1 technology initiative. To be fair, many of these professional learning initiatives are promising. For example, our school has invested in Responsive Classroom training for staff and we have found it effective.

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Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

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Superintendent Pat Deklotz and Assistant Superintendent Theresa Ewald have worked with their team to create a culture that empowers teachers and students to be thoughtful critics and advocates of their own learning and to explain and advocate for their experiences with the community. Deklotz said, “Students telling the story about how their personalized plan has helped them plan for the future and how they think about school has more impact on the board and community than data.”

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

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It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Here are some examples.

Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

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We were able to transform the learning culture of a traditional school and in the process got results while becoming an example that others emulated. Image credit: https://andrewherrick.files.wordpress.com If we are to improve learning and ultimately school-based outcomes student agency needs to be a real element of school culture. Student agency is about empowering kids to own their learning (and school) through greater autonomy.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

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We can’t allow frustrations to lead us toward alternative examples of mediocrity or failure. Research by the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (COLSD) highlights that in the case of moving their children to virtual education programs, many parents of students with disabilities aren’t choosing virtual education because of any inherent advantages, but simply out of exasperation with treatment by their child’s brick-and-mortar school.

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OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

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In Massachu­setts, for example, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists and links to all private and parochial schools in the commonwealth. In public schools, all students are learning the same things at the same grade level. William Heuer is on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association, the Commonwealth’s oldest statewide homeschooling advocacy organization. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

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Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. The desire to increase agency in the form of voice, choice, and advocacy should be viewed as just as important for educators (teachers and administrators) as it is for students. Voice Educators, both teachers and administrators, should have a say in many elements that influence a school’s learning culture. You can learn more about the PGP process HERE.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

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For example, as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee explain in their book, The Second Machine Age , when factory managers first replaced the steam engines used to power manufacturing equipment with electric motors, the new technology had little impact on productivity. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

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Nevertheless, many choice advocates support DeVos, including the Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz , former Florida Governor Jeb Bush , a national charter advocacy organization and the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal , Chicago Tribune and Detroit News , among others. For them, she needs a more balanced message around resources, technology, distance learning, personalized learning and teacher quality.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

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I want to highlight some of the parts of the Recommendation that caught my eye, reading both from a personal perspective as well as my Lumen perspective. Third, the Recommendation comments positively on the ability of information and communications technologies (ICT) to “open possibilities for OER… to enable personalized learning.”

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Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

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Every single child who enters our buildings deserves the right to learn and have the opportunity to succeed. We’ve added one more: creating a personalized environment. Provide a Rigorous Learning Environment. Those needs are best met when you and your faculty provide students with a rigorous learning environment. Finally, the heart of authentic rigor is learning, not punishment. Provide a Personalized Learning Environment.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

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There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. These kids — believed to make up at least 6 percent of students nationwide — have high academic aptitude but struggle with ADHD, mild autism, dyslexia or other learning and behavioral challenges. On a recent weekday, two students were huddled with a teacher in a hallway strewn with orange and green bean bags, learning to code on a computer.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

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Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. But when it comes to selecting ed-tech products or figuring out how to use them in the classroom, they could still learn something from the successful partnership between Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter network that serves the San Francisco Bay area, and Gooru , an ed-tech nonprofit.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

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As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, Director of Customer Advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts.

Should you build your own LMS?

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Districts, in turn, must decide whether to build out their own online content platforms, farm it out to a learning platform provider like FuelEd (formerly Aventa Learning) or K12, or take a hybrid approach. In most cases, schools are turning to third parties for help building out their core and non-core content right now, said Allison Powell, VP for new learning models at iNACOL , the nonprofit blended learning advocacy group. “We’re

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Using Visual Supports across the School Environment to Promote Student Success

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Others implemented a hybrid model with both in-person and virtual learning. person instruction. Remote Learning Practices and Strategies. Use social narratives to explain why remote learning is occurring and what the experience and daily routine will be like.

The Importance of Technology in Education

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In the following interview, find out what led them to careers in edtech and why they're so passionate about student-centered learning. For example, in my 9th grade integrated algebra class, I had students with 1st grade math and reading levels and students with 8th grade math and reading levels. Anthony - As a teacher, I believed in the importance of technology in education and that all students needed their own personalized learning path.

Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Since then, you’ve helped redefine student success in ways that go beyond academics and made learning science more accessible to teachers.” Jim has really helped [Priscilla and Mark] set the vision for CZI—personalized, whole child education Linda Darling-Hammond Shelton leaves an organization that rocketed into a dominant position in education in two years’ time. From its early days, CZI has also been closely linked with the concept of “personalized learning.”