Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

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That’s the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For city-based organizers interested in incubating a diverse set of next gen school models, personalized learning networks, or innovative education ecosystems, these podcasts provide a valuable jump-start. Don’t underestimate the number of local educators who are willing to try out new learning strategies.

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.

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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.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

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Now, Savard says, learning targets are clearer, and there’s more opportunity to truly understand the material. “It’s Statewide standards set expectations for subject areas students are supposed to learn, but graduation requirements are set locally in Vermont. It’s not just a tweak in the traditional educational system,” said Pat Fitzsimmons, the Vermont Agency of Education’s proficiency-based learning team leader. I’m an educated person. I’m an educated person.

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

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.

Two Lexia Learning Products Honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

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Lexia Learning today announced that its personalized literacy programs Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) and Lexia PowerUp Literacy™ (PowerUp) were both honored in the 2018 Tech Edvocate awards. The Tech Edvocate awards recognize outstanding products in the edtech industry that are focused on advocating for students by catering to identified classroom and learning needs. Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading.

Seeing the Pandemic as an Opportunity for Change

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Disconnection between teaching and learning: Teachers often confuse covering the material with teaching to the kids—if they teach to understanding, then the classroom becomes a different environment. The question we should have been asking is: How do we get kids excited about learning?”

Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching

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We not only have to understand that we can have personal biases, but that there are biases ingrained in the system. A decorated educator of 21 years, Monica has received honors and awards from a wide variety of organizations for her leadership, advocacy, and classroom instruction. Medha Tare has more than ten years of experience conducting applied research in the learning sciences.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Student outcomes and budget management: Basically, this means schools need to balance their learning goals and desired impact on the students and teachers with a realistic budget. However, between new staff members, changing technology, and new learning goals, the tech coaches became permanent positions, and Linson had to add them to the budget. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).