The messy reality of personalized learning

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Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report. 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. Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report. Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report.

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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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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Photo: Mike Elsen-Rooney for 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. We’re literally learning as we go along. District officials theorized that students’ disillusionment with the curriculum contributed to Vista High’s 10 percent dropout rate.

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?’”.

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


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).

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.

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. Emily Kaplan for The Hechinger Report. 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.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. 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. Future of Learning. Dan D.

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.

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.

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


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

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 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. But the rest of Walker’s story is one we seldom tell: We find out that his struggles in school emanated from learning disabilities. 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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Photo: Robbie Feinberg for The Hechinger Report. 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. Photo: Robbie Feinberg for The Hechinger Report.

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. The Barr Foundation is one of the many funders of The Hechinger Report.). All students need to be deeply known by the adults that are working with them to support their learning,” she said. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

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

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Photo: Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report. 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. Future of Learning.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

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Photo: Kia Gregory for The Hechinger Report. 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. Photo: Kia Gregory for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Kia Gregory for The Hechinger Report.

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. Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. Last year, just over half of Essex Tech’s senior class reported they were headed to four-year colleges.

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

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Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. 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.

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

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Credit: Danielle Dreilinger for The Hechinger Report. Buffalo educators hoped Eve’s new program would give more children — particularly children of color — a chance at enrichment and advanced learning. The Hechinger Report’s analysis of U.S. There are gifted dropouts.

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. On average, deaf students graduate high school reading English – a second language to them – at a fourth-grade level, according to a report out of Gallaudet University, the premier university for deaf students. That reading deficit slows their learning in every other subject.

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 This story was written by Liz Willen, editor in chief of The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. The post High school seniors reveal choices in joyous ‘signing day’ ceremony appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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

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She and her colleagues have had to intercede in evictions, deliver supplies and report children in dire circumstances to child protective services since the start of the pandemic. Other districts around the country have reported similarly high numbers of missing students.

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.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

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Photo: Linh Tat for The Hechinger Report. 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.” . Photo: Linh Tat for The Hechinger Report.

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.

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

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Photo: Kate Flock for 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.

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

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Photo: Nick Chiles for The Hechinger Report. 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. Photo: Nick Chiles for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Nick Chiles for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Nick Chiles for The Hechinger Report.

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. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. The reason some schools today are developing performance-based assessments, where students are graded on their ability to apply things they learn in class in scenarios that reflect the real world, is because advocates argue they uniquely evaluate skills students need to succeed in their future careers. Related: How a “dropout factory” turned into a model for success. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

The big jobs of small-town principals

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Photo: Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report. 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. Photo: Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report. The agency is also trying to reduce some of the burdens on small districts by easing reporting requirements when possible, said LePlatt.

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. Many parents eventually find that their children’s needs are still not being addressed by the virtual learning environment, and increasing responsibility for administration is placed on them upon making the shift. We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure.

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Pods won’t disrupt districts, but could school systems see disruption from within?

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In December I argued that learning pods and micro-schools would not disrupt schools, but that the phenomenon of disruption could be harnessed to advance student-centered learning through two other routes. From that survey, two results point to trends that could become game changers for K–12 education: First, 32% of administrators said their school systems now offer learning hubs where students can get in-person support while schools are closed.

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Districts Pivot Their Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism During Distance Learning


By comparison, the state of California reported a 12 percent chronic absenteeism rate among students in 2018-2019, representing 676,000 students. Distance learning began March 23. In addition to causing learning gaps, absenteeism also has budget implications.

Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the 'Learning Revolution'


Well, it’s been ten years, and with the recent proliferation of terms like “personalized,” “mastery-based,” and “blended” in the education world, some of Robinson’s viewers may wonder if or how his take on schools has changed. So, why then is personalized learning a non-negotiable? A huge misconception amongst adults, according to Robinson, is that kids don’t like to learn. On the contrary, “my conviction is that kids love to learn.