The messy reality of personalized learning

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In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Personalized learning in Juab is still a work in progress.

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

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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. We’re literally learning as we go along.

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.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

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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. is a seasoned pro at implementing personalized and competency-based models.

'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

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However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program will offer incarcerated learners a second chance. The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year).

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. More student control over learning. We’re literally learning as we go along,” Worthington said.

New routes to success in learning are popping up around the country

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The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning. Many teachers today try to give students more say in what and how they learn.

All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

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At the Telstar Freshman Academy in Maine, service learning is included as part of the curriculum. Bailey Fraser, 15 (left), and her stepsister Leah Kimball, 15, volunteer with Edible Bethel during their service learning block. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

The Secret to Preventing Community College Dropouts? Start With Middle School

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And one district in particular, the Putnam County School System in Cookeville , decided to push student ownership over higher education learning even further—with an extensive, dual-enrollment college credit program for high schoolers. EdSurge: I am here with Sam Brooks, who is the personal learning coordinator for Putnam County Schools in Cookeville, TN. Sam Brooks, Personal Learning Coordinator. We do have some distance learning.

The big jobs of small-town principals

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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.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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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. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning.

New programs find ways to foster student resilience

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The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning. PedsAcademy offers kids rare opportunities for engaging, high-tech learning while they’re at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.

Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education: Bringing K-12 Educators the Broadest Choice of Student Achievement and Personalized Learning Offerings

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With nearly 15 million students and almost 300K formative assessment items on our combined platform, the opportunity to personalize learning is groundbreaking,” said Adam Berger, managing director at Insight Venture Partners and chairman of the new Illuminate Education.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

The new movie Night School passes my test

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Among students receiving special education services, 34 percent had specific learning disabilities.”. percent of persons with a disability were employed compared to 65.7 Much of what we do in the workforce can be learned by doing, with guidance from a mentor.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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Related: Tipping point: Can summit put personalized learning over the top? But the University of Maine at Presque Isle (or UMPI) is one of the first public universities in the nation to use proficiency-based learning. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

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The Greenfield model uses some rather commonplace strategies, such as integrating online learning, small-group instruction and greater parental and community involvement. Where the model pushes boundaries is in the addition of learning experiences called “expeditions.”

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

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The next school day and a just a few floors below, Miller is in the school’s biotechnology lab where students are learning the skills they would need for a job testing specimens for the presence of amalyse, the protein enzyme that breaks down starch into sugar. HATHORNE, Mass. —

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Can a school save a neighborhood?

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The housing authority and the district, which manages the school, hired Big Picture Learning, a nationally recognized education nonprofit, to operate it. The new school, by contrast, would be a learning institution, where students could aim high.

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education

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The cloud can serve as a force multiplier in achieving this goal, putting additional tools to enhance student learning directly into the hands of educators. They are developing a recommendation engine to leverage dropout rate data to predict and design interventions for at-risk students.

High school seniors reveal choices in joyous ‘signing day’ ceremony

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No more personal statements or constantly nagging Ms. He had experienced plenty of rejection while applying to colleges, but managed to learn from his experiences and move on. “If

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

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About three quarters of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in America are mainstreamed, learning alongside hearing students in schools and classes where sign-language interpreters are often in short supply. That reading deficit slows their learning in every other subject.

With no silver bullet, innovation abounds at this bilingual high school

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Related: A Spanish-English high school proves learning in two languages can boost graduation rates. Public displays of student learning are also natural in arts classrooms. Related: “Deeper Learning” improves student outcomes. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

This program is helping fast-diversifying suburban schools promote success for all students

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Over the past decade, school officials in Fulton County, Georgia’s fourth-largest school district, have experimented with so-called personalized learning , tried integrating English language learners into mainstream classes, and introduced high school-level courses in middle school.

Design to the Edges

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Rose, a former high school dropout, is a professor at Harvard University. The post Design to the Edges appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. I recently watched Todd Rose’s TEDx Sonoma County talk, “The Myth of Average.”

How young is too young to start introducing students to future careers?

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Five-year-olds learn about police officers, doctors, artists, teachers, bakers and farmers. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Personalized Learning

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

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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?

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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. Future of Learning.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

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Related: How a “dropout factory” turned into a model for success. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Law and policy Personalized Learning Testing

TEACHER VOICE: Raising the bar on high school diplomas slams the doors on the weakest students

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The recent three-part series on proficiency-based learning in Maine by The Hechinger Report’s Lillian Mongeau (which appeared in both The Report and the Portland Press Herald ) is very informative on this topic. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning

What a Horse With Heartburn Taught Me About Developing Student Passion and Autonomy

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Most educators would agree that for learning to be meaningful, students need to find personal connections that help them make the content they’re learning relevant to their own lives. These connections are critical for deeper understanding, but they also give teachers an opportunity to encourage students to increase autonomy over their learning through heightened engagement. Making personal connections comes naturally for some of our students—but others need support.

To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

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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.

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

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When schools persistently graduate less than half of their students of color and students with disabilities, we call those schools dropout factories. We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure.

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Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

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In November 2016, over 250 school district leaders, researchers, thought leaders, and other partners came to Baltimore, Maryland to learn from one of the nation’s most forward-thinking school districts, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). As with all League meetings, district leaders rolled up their sleeves and committed to bringing actionable steps back to their districts to foster genuine curiosity and a love of learning in all students.