Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

What Role Should Students Play in Your Personalized Learning Implementation?


Perhaps the most important consideration to be factored into a personalized learning plan is the amplification of student voice. Through the stories we’ve gathered from educators and school leaders around the country working to implement effective personalized learning models in their schools and districts, we get a firsthand glimpse into what it takes to cultivate true student agency in the learning process.


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Could on-demand online tutoring be the gateway to personalizing learning for colleges?

The Christensen Institute

They could move away from offering remedial classes that are a blunt instrument with low efficacy and instead offer so-called corequisite classes, in which students in need of support take more rigorous credit-bearing classes that are paired with some sort of additional reinforcement, such as a small-group seminar or one-on-one tutoring designed to fill in their academic gaps. The post Could on-demand online tutoring be the gateway to personalizing learning for colleges?

Here’s What Happens When Every Student Gets a Personalized Learning Plan


She has since altered her personalized learning plan (PLP) to include the courses and experiences she’ll need to pursue a career in architectural engineering. Legislation Leads Change All students can learn; however, not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace. Acknowledging this fact has driven the recent shift toward personalization in education. Central to the initiative is the idea that learning is not restricted to the classroom.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts


In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

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.

How to Successfully Scale Personalized Learning: Six Key Lessons from Effective Programs

District Administration

District Administration, May 2015 Personalized blended and online learning programs have helped many districts provide access to more courses and to improve student outcomes. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on March 18, 2015, representatives from Getting Smart and educators from an innovative district in Kentucky discussed the key lessons learned in implementing online and blended learning, and how these programs can benefit teachers and students.

Engage With Your Learning Community: MasteryConnect (a CommonCore Resource)


MasteryConnect makes it easy for teachers to communicate and collaborate around standards aligned assessments in order to build more effective measures of student learning. Best of all, teachers can sign up for their Learning Community and begin accessing these resources IMMEDIATELY for FREE. Currently, teachers from more than 4,700 school districts and all 50 states are using MasteryConnect to learn and reference the Common Core.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. But as the movement against seat-time learning grows, more schools nationwide will be grappling with grade levels, deciding whether to keep them or to hack through thickets of political, logistical and cultural barriers to uproot them. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

Katie Novak , an internationally recognized expert in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and all-around awesome person, discusses this personalization of learning for students and why it is so significant : Imagine this scene in a 3rd-grade classroom: Students are sitting quietly on the floor as a teacher reads Charlotte’s Web aloud. The learning experience is not personalized and thus will not meet the needs of all students.

Why Self-Directed Learning is Important for Struggling Students


To be prepared for success, struggling students need just as many opportunities to participate in self-directed learning and to develop autonomy as high-achieving students. I teach four sections of a reading seminar for first time freshman who have low MAP reading scores from eighth grade. We are a one-to-one school district, and some teachers would say our Chromebooks have revolutionized teaching and learning, but working independently on a device isn’t easy for everyone.

Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

They’re among the 10 “talent themes,” or strengths, used to underpin learning in the school district here. Starting in preschool, teachers try to spot students’ natural talents; by kindergarten, each child’s top strengths appear on a “personalized learning plan,” a new type of report card. The first step, she says, is helping students learn what strengths are and figure out which ones they display most. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

“Never give up, learn as much as possible, look for new scientific achievements and inventions and embody them immediately.” -Liudmyla Talashkevych, Ukraine

Daily Edventures

This professional development program brings international teachers to the United States for six weeks of academic seminars at a… Beyond the Classroom Building Teacher Capacity Change Management and Culture of Innovation education Information Leadership and Strategic Innovation People Personalized LearningFinding a path to using technology in the classroom isn’t always easy.

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

The Hechinger Report

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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Top STEM Schools in Georgia Host High-Tech Personalized Classes Without Hours of Screentime


What makes the place truly unique, however, is the way Marc Pedersen and his wife Tricia Pedersen have set up their classes to offer students a differentiated, high-tech, personalized learning experience—all without relying heavily on screen time. I am learning with the students. In that class, two students choose a peer-reviewed article and lead seminars every Friday. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies


Why a High-Achieving District Keeps Tinkering With a School Model That Already Works


So in spring of 2014, when the district proposed implementing a 1:1 technology initiative that would help teachers and students transition to a personalized learning model, there was some resistance from families and the board rejected the proposal. Our research involved traditional reviews of literature, attending conferences and vendor seminars, interviewing faculty from higher education institutions and surveying other districts.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning


They had already begun a process of designing a new middle school, called Nexus Middle School, to be a STEM-based school that incorporated personalized learning. They entered the program with a real desire to focus deeply on what it meant to have a more effective personalized learning experience in math—including everything from curriculum design and the use of technology to the roles of teachers and students in the classroom and the adoption of “passion projects.”

'QueenHype' After-School Program Empowers Girls Through Art and Activism


After completing the program, our young Queens demonstrate mastery through a community project reflecting the learnings of each workshop. Advice blogs follow self-esteem workshops; fashion shows pair with self-confidence seminars; choreographed dance routines come after positive body-image discussions. Academic and social-emotional success through QueenHype Program The call to empower I learned the value of education early on.

How to Empower Girls Through Art, Activism and Female Friendship


After completing the program, our young Queens demonstrate mastery through a community project reflecting the learnings of each workshop. Advice blogs follow self-esteem workshops; fashion shows pair with self-confidence seminars; choreographed dance routines come after positive body-image discussions. Academic and social-emotional success through QueenHype Program The call to empower I learned the value of education early on.

Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey


Personalized learning is still in its infancy—as are the curricular tools and resources available to support teachers in implementing it. Currently, there is no shortage of articles offering a high-level look at how and why personalized learning will impact student growth, and conference sessions where teachers are encouraged to change the way they teach, but not given the tools to modify their instructional practices. How the Learning Journey Caught Fire.

“Never give up, learn as much as possible, look for new scientific achievements and inventions and embody them immediately.” -Liudmyla Talashkevych, Ukraine

Daily Edventures

This professional development program brings international teachers to the United States for six weeks of academic seminars at a host university. That was a great experience in building English speaking skills, gaining knowledge on IT technologies, and learning new approaches in teaching English,” says Talashkevych. Liudmyla?Talashkevych Talashkevych ?. English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher. Novoyegorovka?School School ?. Novoukrainka, Ukraine ?. ekodek2007.

How do we know what learning will look like in the future? We don’t

The Hechinger Report

SAN FRANCISCO — Erin Mote is a technologist and hands-on middle school principal with a strong belief in the power of personalized learning. We need to be honest, this is super new,” Mote told a packed audience during a session at the New School Venture Fund Summit on Wednesday, where she described how letting students learn at their own pace is transforming Brooklyn Lab School, a New York City charter school she co-founded in 2014, which has a waiting list of 1,600. “We

Addressing the Five Key Areas of Professional Development through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Last year, Digital Promise, with generous support from Google, launched the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) to continue its effort to close the Digital Learning Gap. Instructional coaching is a form of professional development (PD) in which an accomplished teacher works with teachers in one-on-one settings to provide guidance and focus on practical strategies to increase student engagement and learning. So why, then, shouldn’t teacher learning also be personalized?

Fueling Student Growth: Formative Assessment, Data-Driven Instruction, and Overcoming the Problem of Limited Time

District Administration

Finding ways to use assessment and interventions to create personalized learning District Administration Custom Publishing Group District Administration, December 2015 With so much emphasis being placed on testing and accountability, many educators may be missing the single greatest opportunity to drive student outcomes—teacher-created formative assessment with timely, targeted interventions.

This school groups students by ability, not grade level

eSchool News

Wisconsin school puts focus on personalized learning, student choice, and open learning spaces. Students cluster around teachers in one of three small-group “seminars,” then scatter to work independently in the large room, which was once the library. They set their own academic goals, constantly reflect on why they’re learning the material, and conduct much of their work on various types of computers.

Blended Learning in K8 Schools: Expert Advice from Michael Horn

District Administration

Online learning combined with face-to-face instruction can result in a more personalized learning experience. District Administration, July 2014 Blended learning is constantly growing and evolving, and transforming education to be more of a student-centered environment. This web seminar, originally broadcast on May 13, 2014, featured blended learning expert Michael Horn, who outlined disruptive innovations and the subsequent impact on education.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

It has become increasingly possible to personalize learning–adapt resources and assessments to student skills and needs and differentiate lessons that are pushed out to individual students or small groups ( read: Shifting my Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials ). Micro-credentials are short, low-cost, focused, online classes that are self-paced and student-driven, offering competency-based recognition for skills educators want to learn to buttress their teaching.

Micro-credentials for teacher PD: Why? What? How?


Fortunately internet technology has stepped in to bridge the gap between racking up hours in a workshop and being actively engaged on a “personalized learning pathway” or your “skills wayfinding journey” — please excuse the jargon, but I have found that additional to some of the drawbacks mentioned above there is a serious resistance in PD circles to plain speaking! The outcome is usually a PD learning portfolio that excites and empowers.

ISTE 2019: How Superintendents Can Lead Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

I conducted 64 student seminars over six months,” Vodicka told attendees Monday at the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2019 annual conference in Philadelphia. This system of education needed to change, through digital transformation , to move from “mass production to mass personalization” — to prepare students for a workforce that rewards creative problem solving. ISTE 2019: How Superintendents Can Lead Digital Transformation. eli.zimmerman_9856.

How digital badges are shaking up teacher PD

eSchool News

Badges help teachers focus on relevant professional developments opportunities because they support personalized learning. Rather than the old model in which professional development is offered in a seminar or lecture setting, teachers can choose the learning they want to pursue based on what will be most relevant to them and their students. Badges are earned based on learning evidence rather than just seat time.

Towards the future of the LMS: to Moodle and beyond

Bryan Alexander

Ah, the learning management system ( LMS ) ( VLE to some people). Combined, what emerged is something like a graduate seminar on the next LMS, especially in Phil’s post and the video discussion. Based on our Forum and blog conversations, I hope to raise questions about how Moodle software and its supporting community will evolve in response to increasing use of mobile devices, to gamification, to big data, data analytics, personalized learning, and more?

When the future of learning includes teacher training, too

The Hechinger Report

Fourth grade teacher Milton Bryant works with students in a small group during a blended learning session at Ketcham Elementary School. And a two-year-old professional development program called LEAP (for “LEarning together to Advance our Practice”) is being linked to greater achievement among students. teachers get a weekly cycle of professional learning. Ninety-minute weekly seminars are a cornerstone of the model. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

6 Tips for making the most of ed tech exhibitions


To offer more personalized learning? Just when you are starting to get excited about all the sessions and seminars and… there are hundreds of them and only a time machine could help at this point. The NEO team will be heading to London next week to attend The BETT Show 2019 , between January 23-26.

Spotlight on Altus Schools and an antidote to online credit recovery

The Christensen Institute

There was no classroom space per se, but instead the open floor plan was divided in subtle ways into a variety of well-thought-out types of spaces—from those dedicated to individual work to other spaces for small-group and one-on-one work; and from small breakout rooms for seminars to still other spaces tucked away for students to embark on virtual reality experiences, design for 3D printers, or do science labs.

OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Students have left their campuses, and entire curricula have shifted into distance-learning mode. But despite growth in the numbers and sophistication of online options, high school seniors continue to apply for the opportunity to learn with one another on a college campus.