The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

Edsurge

This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. Roots Elementary School in Denver, Colo. EdSurge is on the road.

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

The Hechinger Report

(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.

A year of personalized learning: Mistakes, moving furniture and making it work

The Hechinger Report

SAN DIEGO — Vista High School principal Anthony Barela had a vivid image of what school here could look like after a $10 million grant to reimagine learning: Rolling desks and chairs, with students moving freely and talking about their work. Vista’s trials and errors started when the school became an XQ Super School Project, with a five-year grant by the national nonprofit to bring a personalized-learning approach to this suburban district. Future of Learning.

Personalized Learning: Mistakes, Moving Furniture and Making it Work

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This story about personalized learning was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. SAN DIEGO — Vista High School principal Anthony Barela had a vivid image of what school here could look like after a $10 million grant to reimagine learning: Rolling desks and chairs, with students moving freely and talking about their work. More student control over learning.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

The Hechinger Report

Along with Rose, I contacted a middle and an elementary school teacher to see how they are faring. Of course, teachers want their students to master content, develop a love of learning and move on to the next grade. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning.

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

The Hechinger Report

On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, three miles and a world apart. There are gifted dropouts. Then there’s the question of personality, of what a gifted person is like.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Future of Learning.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

The big jobs of small-town principals

The Hechinger Report

Snyder is the principal of the elementary, middle and high schools in this tiny town in southeastern Colorado. He’s also the superintendent of the district of 225 students, as well as the maintenance director (until the school board can replace the person who quit the month prior), a substitute teacher and, once he gets his license, a fill-in bus driver. The district is working to improve results at its elementary school, which has been underperforming.

Implementing Innovation Strategies to Make School Districts More Equitable

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The longer-term vision, which is starting to become a reality in Dr. Conner’s district, is schools will become hubs, teachers will become learning accelerators, and students will become co-authors of their own education. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. For more, see: With blended learning, plan on change.

Districts Pivot Their Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism During Distance Learning

Edsurge

Distance learning began March 23. In elementary school, frequent absences are linked to a higher likelihood of dropout—even if attendance improves over time. In addition to causing learning gaps, absenteeism also has budget implications.

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

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Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. The Fuel Education ® Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. The 2018 Fuel Education (FuelEd®) Transformation Award winners are: Boulder Valley School District (Colo.) – for improving graduation rates and meeting student needs by providing online options for credit recovery and supplemental 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. SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear. Additionally, Bobbi served as a learning facilitator, encouraging students to take ownership of their learning.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. “Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. Diagnostic products and software systems that target specific areas of learning for improvement can help students find success, freeing educators to help every learner reach their personal best within one classroom. These out-of-the-box blended learning solutions can also help nontraditional students find their own paths. Learning Ally ? Imagine Learning ?

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal. The initiative is in place at elementary and middle schools in Middletown.

Twenty-one and in high school

The Hechinger Report

While other schools adopt different strategies to keep students in class, Bronx Arena, in the Bronx borough of New York City, is betting on close relationships and a personalized academic program to get the job done. This model demands more resources than those available to a traditional high school, but given that the typical high school dropout costs the state an estimated $300,000 over their lifetime , Cesene argues that the math is elementary.