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. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. 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. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

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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.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

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students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and district educators say a personalized learning solution has had a positive impact in a number of academic areas. PGA partners with Fuel Education (FuelEd), which provides personalized learning solutions designed to enable schools and districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. but rather ‘What do these individual students need to learn today?’”.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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

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The coronavirus has in many ways become an unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships, forcing a readjustment of expectations without daily check-ins and in-person interaction, without tissues for tears, high-fives for a job well done or praise in front of classmates. 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.

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. 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. Future of Learning.

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. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Could personalized learning spur an even more splintered society? Dan D.

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. We recognize the growing importance of providing insights that empower educators to personalize the support they provide to each student,” said Alisabeth Shearn, CEO of Alpine Achievement. “We

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. Teachers create playlists for students to learn specific topics or complete projects; they may create one list for the entire class or customize it for individual kids.

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. Learning through hospital stays. Aleshia Greene, Ella’s mother, worried about her daughter’s education when she learned that she had cancer.

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. All students need to be deeply known by the adults that are working with them to support their learning,” she said. Alternative schools are generally smaller and more personalized and have always operated by putting students’ needs first, she said.

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

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Buffalo educators hoped Eve’s new program would give more children — particularly children of color — a chance at enrichment and advanced learning. There are gifted dropouts. Then there’s the question of personality, of what a gifted person is like.

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.” Expeditions aim to impart what Cayer learned by being around her father: a habit of pursuing expertise or passion, or both. It’s a hard thing to measure, but learning science suggests that this is the case.”.

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. Essex Tech’s state-approved admissions policy considers prior academic performance, teacher recommendations and an in-person interview among other factors. HATHORNE, Mass. —

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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. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. One of the learning outcomes for Policing in the Community might be “to understand the laws regarding domestic violence,” Pearson said.

Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

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Now Williams and school staff are heading back out into the field, trying to relocate the siblings and other children who’ve gone missing and reengage them in learning this fall. Related: Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school. That personal connection is huge.”.

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 But the rest of Walker’s story is one we seldom tell: We find out that his struggles in school emanated from learning disabilities. For instance, work-based learning , an educational approach that makes use of the workplace or real-world projects to drive instruction, seems promising.

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. Vaux’s redesign stresses creating close relationships with parents and community members and ways for student learning to continue beyond the classroom walls. The new school, by contrast, would be a learning institution, where students could aim high.

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 Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Charters Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Immigrants and Refugees Personalized Learning poverty Race School choice

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. Parents talking and reading to hearing children helps to develop the language- processing parts of their brains that will later help them to communicate and to learn. Read more about Blended Learning.

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. After intervening and supporting approximately 16,000 students, dropout rates have decreased and test scores have improved.

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. This is important at the Muñiz Academy, where teachers try to connect student learning with the “real world” as much as possible. Related: “Deeper Learning” improves student outcomes. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi 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.

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. Outside the Classroom average students blended learning competency-based learning complex learning dimensions Design educational model educational system meet the needs of the average student personalized learning student needsI recently watched Todd Rose’s TEDx Sonoma County talk, “The Myth of Average.”

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

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What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.”. What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.” . The Altus network relies on a self-paced, independent study program and a personalized, blended learning model they’ve built up over a quarter century. Students spend 80 percent of their time learning from home. K-12 News online learning Personalized Learning

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. Over the next eight years, until they leave the district for high school, they will cycle through learning about 54 different careers, including real estate agent, paralegal, dietitian, reporter, graphic designer, sociologist, urban and regional planner and financial analyst. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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. Students who sign up for AVID quickly learn that the most important utensil in the AVID kitchen is the big white binder.

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.

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.

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. In November, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have raised corporate taxes and personal income taxes on high earners to pay for schools. Matthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado.

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. It also seems that it could increase the dropout rate, as students couldn’t see any end to retaking courses. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning