The Research Behind Personalized Learning

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At Education Elements, we define personalized learning as an instructional approach that empowers students to build ownership of their learning. Personalized Learning Teachers District Leadership School Leadership

Personalized Learning - From start-up to fully scaled

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Learning loss. All of those words represent important topics that existed pre-pandemic yet were magnified when students returned to in-person instruction. But in true educator fashion, resilience prevailed. One key trend - an increase in the commitment to personalize learning.

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Personalizing Learning: Collaboration & Creativity

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Two common misconceptions about personalized learning are that it requires technology and that it must involve significantly more independent work. And yet, an adaptive program still requires a teacher to facilitate learning that empowers students and builds their ownership of learning.

Personalizing Learning: Targeted Instruction

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In our earlier versions of our Core Four of Personalized Learning, targeted instruction was primarily a teacher action separated from another Core Four element, data driven decision making. Personalized Learning School Districts School Leadership

Core Four of Personalizing Learning

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In 2014 Education Elements first introduced the Core Four, later publishing the “Core Four of Personalized Learning: The Elements You Need to Succeed” in 2016. Personalized Learning Teachers School Leadership

Personalizing Learning: Getting it Right

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I’ve heard this question so many times in my support of over 150 schools as they implement personalized learning that I no longer count. Teachers and leaders want to know, am I “doing” personalized learning right.

Personalized Learning - From start-up to fully scaled

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Learning loss. All of those words represent important topics that existed pre-pandemic yet were magnified when students returned to in-person instruction. But in true educator fashion, resilience prevailed. One key trend - an increase in the commitment to personalize learning.

Education Elements Gets Results

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As Education Elements moves into its sixth year supporting schools and districts, its latest impact report builds the case that personalizing learning for students isn’t just a one-hit wonder but a sound strategy for boosting outcomes for all students. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators Leaders

Relevant content makes personalizing learning easier

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Students got to learn about places they had visited and people they had heard about. Personalized Learning Curriculum Strategy & AdoptionWhen I was a teacher in Washington, D.C. I taught a class on local history.

Personalized Learning: Reflection and Goal-Setting

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Reflection and goal-setting is the simplest way to begin personalizing learning because it mirrors a practice we engage in every day of our lives. And it’s one reason why reflection and goal-setting is often the first step educators take to personalize learning.

10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blog Posts of 2017 from Education Elements

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In 2017, we published blog posts from our team, our districts, and thought leaders from across the country, ranging from examples of personalized learning in real classrooms, to how to think differently about the purpose of curriculum, to how to change the mindset of a district, to why we do what we do (and why we have made some changes to what we do!) Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Elements CBE

Personalizing Learning: The Goal is Student Ownership

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Think back to when you had a deep sense of ownership in your learning; a time when you went above and beyond the expectations because of your own curiosity or passion. Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

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In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. Students engage in selecting their pathway for learning, collaborating, questioning, and self-assessing all day long. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

What Bonsai Trees and Wildflowers Teach us about Personalized Learning

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She shared: Personalized Learning Professional Development Instructional CoachingTo many in the gardening and plant world, bonsais are among the most impressive trees. Bonsai is seen as a blend of gardening and art – a way to create living sculptures.

Mythbusters: Breaking Down 10 Common Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

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This is true for advancing the work of personalized learning. Personalized LearningSince 2003, Discovery’s show Mythbusters has been a smash hit. Though Adam & Jamie stopped hosting in 2016, the reruns and spin-offs continue.

Flipping Formatives and Structures in your New Personalized Learning Classroom

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As we count down to this year's Education Elements Summit, we asked presenters from last year's Summit to share more of their innovative thinking with us. Personalized Learning

Leadership in Personalized Learning

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“You can’t buy personalized learning…” I read this statement by Richard Culatta recently and it really resonated with me because personalizing learning is about skilled teachers, not students working on computers for a large part of a day. Good teachers are a crucial element of personalized learning. Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning Requires Flexibility: An Update to Education Elements’ Core 4

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Personalized Learning core four ClassroomsWhen I was in high school I had a fantastic U.S. history teacher who demanded that we each complete an independent research paper on the 1960’s at the end of the year.

Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

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I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!) on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsEpic Lip Sync Battle.

What We Believe In at Education Elements

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Personalized Learning School Districts LeadersThe end of one year and the beginning of a new year is frequently a time of reflection and introspection, writing lists, and making resolutions.

Seven Things Education Elements Does to Support School Districts

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One of the most common questions I answer about Education Elements is, “So what do you guys do?” Personalized Learning Competency-Based Education School Districts ClassroomsIf we have an elevator ride that goes to, say, the top of the world’s tallest building, I can give a fairly satisfying and comprehensive answer.

Personalized Learning and CBE: A Partnership and a Toolkit

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When I’m on the road working with school districts across the country on everything from personalized learning to competency-based education (CBE), I often hear the same question: “Well how do other districts approach these issues?”. Thankfully, this year Education Elements partnered with Digital Promise , a national non-profit authorized by Congress, to document and share lessons learned on CBE from school districts across the country.

Keeping Personalized Learning (the Main Thing) the Main Thing

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When I reflect on how far we have come since last summer I am impressed by how much hard work everyone has done to begin to make personalized learning a reality. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsOur district PL council engaged in serious debate over our vision of PL, our roll out plan (cohort vs. all-in), and our areas of priority and focus.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion + Personalized Learning

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Learning is most powerful when students feel valued, honored, and empowered. The teachers who leave the greatest lasting impact on their students are the ones who see them for who they are, often before the students even see this themselves.

How Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity?

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In his book Striving for Equity: District Leadership for Narrowing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps , co-author and former Arlington County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Smith provides the following explanation of educational equity: “You don't have equity in conditions in which all students are receiving the same amount of support, You are getting equity if you have a situation in which every student is getting the amount of support to be successful.”. Personalized Learning

Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

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It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. That decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. Personalized Learning Classrooms

Why Unpacking Biases is Critical When Personalizing Learning

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Personalized Learning ClassroomsI had a middle school science teacher once tell me she was surprised that I did well on a test because she assumed I was bad at science. She pointed to one of my classmates and said, “Her, I assume she’ll do well, but you’re just not very good at science.” I remember being deeply hurt by that statement but not understanding why it hurt.

7 Step Diet Plan and Personalized Learning

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I lost 50 lbs in one year following this diet plan, utilizing this personalized learning framework I developed. It works for diets, but it also works for learning. Does this sound familiar for education? Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTechI didn’t know where to start with my diet. I’d never done one before. So I spent a lot of time reading everything I could about diets.

Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Spectacular!

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We spend a lot of time on our blog talking about personalized learning and how we work with districts and schools to create new, student-centered learning environments. Personalized Learning Highlight Personalized Learning Platform PLP EdTech

Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Successful!

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We spend a lot of time on our blog talking about personalized learning and how we work with districts and schools to create new, student-centered learning environments. Personalized Learning Highlight Personalized Learning Platform PLP EdTech

Personalized Learning Summit is Bigger and Better than Ever

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Four years ago the team at EE had an idea.what if we brought together groups of personalized learning leaders in regional Blended Learning Leadership Academies (BLLA) to help spread innovation and best practices? Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

10 Personalized Learning Superhero Snapshots

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At Education Elements we are incredibly fortunate to work with so many exceptional, passionate, and extraordinarily talented people, including teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders. These amazing people are going above and beyond to transform education, and are helping to write the future through the success of their students. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

Our Journey to Personalized Learning

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Why Pursue Personalized Learning? First, we needed to strengthen and monitor our professional learning communities in an effort to evaluate, interpret and utilize data for personalized learning and differentiated instruction to increase learning and growth. Personalized LearningIn October 2017, AdvancEd conducted our five-year district accreditation review.

Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

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Each year we receive hundreds of questions along the lines of, “Okay…so what does personalized learning actually look like?”. One is that personalized learning always involves these core four elements - targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content, and student reflection and ownership. Check out our Core Four white paper for a more detailed description of these elements, as well as classroom examples.

E = MC2: A 2017 Personalized Learning Summit Workshop

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When Keith Wilson and Monte Westfall, successful administrators of the Lawrence Virtual School, and I began working on our workshop about equity for Education ElementsPersonalized Learning Summit (May 10-12, 2017), we chose this very equation as the title but added a new twist. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

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As I meet with education leaders across the country, I am often asked questions about the best way to roll-out personalized learning within a district. Personalized LearningI always struggle to answer this question since it entirely depends upon the unique needs and circumstances within each community. In some ways, it feels as if someone is asking me, “What’s the very best car I can buy?”

What We Talked About in 2018 - The Top 10 Blog Posts from Education Elements

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Here at the Bring Your Own Thoughts blog, it’s always been our goal to create space for a wide range of perspectives and experiences so that as many educators as possible can find content which is useful and relatable to their own challenges and goals. You can learn more about our work over the past year in our reflection on 2018 , and today, we’re sharing this year’s most popular posts on the blog. Personalized Learning School Districts Classrooms Leaders Curriculum

How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

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Last year, a group of educators sat down with engineers from a well-known technology company. The first question the educators asked was what the engineers look for in potential candidates. The ability to learn and grow in an ever-changing world is what defines the very best candidates. Personalized Learning ClassroomsAdaptability was their immediate response.

Personalized Learning: The Pause That Refreshes

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The philosophies and strategies of the Coca-Cola Company played a large role in our upbringing and now shape our work as leaders of personalized learning. We've crafted 5 lessons inspired by Coca-Cola which we hope you will find useful, no matter where you are on your personalized learning journey. Personalized Learning

25 Focus Areas For Implementing Personalized Learning

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In 2015 we published the first edition of our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework (aka PL Framework) based on lessons learned from working with schools and districts over the previous five years. Personalized Learning Leaders School DistrictsAt that time I shared how the PL Implementation Framework was inspired by my Grandma Rose’s love of bingo and the idea that, much like on a bingo board, there are many ways to “win” on the PL Framework.