Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

Education Elements

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.

Lexia Learning Releases New White Paper for Educators


Dr. Suzanne Carreker, the principal educational content lead at Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE: RST) company and author of a new white paper titled “Supporting Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers: Identifying and Addressing Why They Struggle,” explores the causes of non-proficient reading and possible solutions. “It As the adage says, ‘the more you learn, the more you earn.’” BOSTON (Feb.


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Lexia Releases White Paper on How Teachers Can Ensure Equity in Literacy Education


Dr. Suzanne Carreker, the principal educational content lead at Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE: RST) company has authored a new white paper that provides insights into how literacy educators can build their capacity as well as their confidence in ensuring an equitable literacy education. At some point, all teachers are going to encounter content that is unfamiliar to them or students whose difficulties in learning to read seem intractable. BOSTON (Oct.

The inconvenient truth about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is quickly gaining steam among educators, philanthropists, and policymakers. The promise of a personalized education system is enormous: we are witnessing an era when new school models and structures, often supported by technology, can tailor learning experiences to each student and allow students more choice in how they access and navigate those experiences.

Exploring 10 Strategies That Can Personalize Learning


I recently had the incredible opportunity to help launch my school district’s new “Personalized Learning Fellowship.” We spent the day exploring the what, why and how of Personalized Learning, while also engaging in deep discussions about the current state of K-12 education. Ultimately we focused on ways that we can shift to create a more relevant and impactful learning experience for our all of our students. Emphasize Social Emotional Learning.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

Learner Variability: The Why of Personalized Learning from Tom Driscoll


Learn more from Tom by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. Over the past few years, in several different roles, I have researched and experimented with various frameworks and approaches to Personalized Learning. Despite the vast amount of resources out there that describe what personalized learning is and how to implement it, it is often difficult to find quality research that gets to the “why” of personalization. .

Installing Network Infrastructure for Mobile-First Learning


Pre-K–12 schools and districts are shifting toward personalized learning through blended learning, project-based learning, design thinking, STEM/STEAM, and other inquiry-based learning models, whether or not they are 1:1. In fact, instructional strategies are shifting away from those that are teacher directed to more collaborative learning environments where students take responsibility for their own learning.

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

The Christensen Institute

As Levi Belnap, Wyzant’s VP of Business Development, and I argue in a new white paper titled, “ Success for Post-Traditional Learners: How to Make Colleges More Student-Ready ,” given the increasing proportion of diverse “post-traditional students” who hail from a far wider range of backgrounds, it’s time to not only prepare students to be college ready, but for colleges to also become more “student ready.”.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. Third, students are assessed at deeper levels, making it more meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

?Rhode Island’s Plans to Become a ‘Lab State’ for Personalized Learning


Scaling personalized learning across a state might sound like an oxymoron, but officials from Rhode Island’s Office of Innovation are taking on the task. The Statewide Personalized Learning Initiative just released a white paper that could inspire others to create and align the pieces necessary for expansive personalized learning efforts. “We When we say personalized learning it means different things to people in the room.

Framework: Ed Elements on the ‘Core Four’ Foundations of Personalized Learning


The consulting firm Education Elements designated four factors as the keys to successfully integrating a personalized learning model, based on its experience with 100 districts, 300 schools and 300,000 students. Those four elements—flexible content and tools, targeted instruction, data-driven decisions and student reflection and ownership—are the Core Four of Personalized Learning. Students can review their own data to make learning decisions.

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

eSchool News

This white paper, developed by Getting Smart in partnership with Fuel Education, explores how districts and schools can successfully scale online and blended programs to extend learning opportunities for all students. Retired Whitepapers Fuel Education

9 Steps to Buying the Right Digital Content for your District

Education Elements

Thankfully, Education Elements created a 9 step process, and compiled tips and tricks from district leaders across the country in our new curriculum white paper: “Phase Three: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Content and Tools.” But here are some highlights from Phase 3: Personalized Learning School Districts Curriculum

Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education ~ 13 Years Flew By 


This project included a Student Bill of Rights and a series of white papers (below). Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning instructional materials Personalized Learning Professional Learning Student voice

Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Education Elements

Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Personalized Learning Education Educators innovation in education innovationRecently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate!

Making an environment where teachers can create bespoke lessons

The Hechinger Report

. In their transition to using more personalized learning, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island made professional development a priority. They learn on the job, with the help of teacher-leaders who provide real-life examples of how personalized learning works in the classroom. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. “We Personalized learning is one component,” said Mario Andrade, the superintendent of Bristol-Warren. “It’s

Reinventing research

The Christensen Institute

The traditional gold-standard approach to research—a randomized control trial (RCT)—is not worth its weight as we move to a student-centered education system that personalizes for all students so that they succeed. In our latest white paper for the Clayton Christensen Institute titled A blueprint for breakthroughs: Federally funded education research in 2016 and beyond , my coauthor Julia Freeland Fisher and I lay out a new path forward for educational research.

Leading Change? Start by Talking About What You Value

Education Elements

At The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a national nonprofit that learns alongside educators and system leaders at the forefront of blended and personalized learning, we’re often asked about common change management pathways and learnings about how to do it well. Our team has compiled a series of illustrative case studies of district stories and practices, but we wanted to learn more to help answer these questions.

The Power of Local and National Community Connections

Digital Promise

Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders (families, local government, nonprofits) to support innovative teaching and learning in their region. The Rhode Island EdCluster (EduvateRI) convened diverse stakeholders to write a white paper that helped set the state’s vision on personalized learning.

The 4 conditions that support deeper learning

eSchool News

Deeper learning competencies serve as “North Star” for a new vision of teaching, according to a new report. Teachers must exchange their traditional instructor role for that of a “learning strategist” in order to achieve deeper learning outcomes, according to a new white paper from the nonprofit National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and ConsultEd Strategists.

From awareness to action: Tackling education’s inequities

The Christensen Institute

Adam Carter, executive director of Marshall Street Initiatives at Summit Public Schools, introduced me to these ideas while describing Summit’s strategic work to address the learning needs of its English language learners.

How to succeed with online PD for teachers


How to power through a difficult parent-teacher meeting comes to mind, but there are many challenges that teachers learn how to handle in time. It can help schools create an active learning environment that is sustainable, collaborative, coherent, focused on specific subjects, and that allows for educators to learn throughout the year. Offering highly relevant online training that they can do at their own pace is better than offline learning that’s crammed into a few days.

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Making Rhode Island a Home for Innovation

Digital Promise

EdClusters are local communities of practice that support innovative teaching and learning in their region through the congregation of diverse stakeholder groups. While each cluster maintains a different focus and celebrates a unique context, each believes that active networks of diverse and committed stakeholders are uniquely positioned to design, launch, iterate on, and disseminate breakthrough learning practices and tools.

How to Embrace Unconventional Classroom Designs

EdTech Magazine

The agency launched the Room 21C initiative to create a learning environment designed to promote collaborative and personalized learning through the use of technology. GPAEA and its partner schools incorporate these three design tenets for modern learning spaces: The classroom furniture must be mobile and flexible. IT leaders can modernize their districts’ learning environments with some planning. How to Embrace Unconventional Classroom Designs.

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces by Todd Finley [Edutopia].

Research examines blended learning, student achievement

eSchool News

New white paper explores effective instructional models and course customization benefits. Research conducted by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Technology Based Learning and Research division examines whether the instructional strategies put into practice within Odysseyware courses consistently demonstrate the largest effect of success as a supplemental instructional strategy, especially when implemented within a blended learning model.

Show me the evidence: Do new staffing arrangements actually work?

The Christensen Institute

As future-thinking schools experiment with ways to personalize learning—such as blended, project-based, exploratory, and mastery-based learning—it seems only logical that they also reconsider how they organize their instructional teams. This hypothesis guided our research with Public Impact over the last year, and culminated in a white paper released last month. Teacher coaching fuels personalized learning success.

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XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Although low-skilled adults have minimal access to educational opportunities, I outlined in my 2015 blog post some ways in which technology has the potential to provide critical access to quality, personalized learning experiences for this underserved population. It has spurred the publication of white papers, launch of incubators and conferences, as well as interest amongst journalists and advocacy groups. Adult Learning Blog Educators Entrepreneurs From the CEO

Why teachers aren’t buying what education reformers are selling

The Christensen Institute

But innovators and early adopters are not a personality type. The teachers may have adopted blended learning to personalize learning for their students, moved to project-based learning to better engage their students in deeper learning, or added technology to the classroom, for example. But when she came back to teaching, she was told that she was going to have to use computers to do blended learning.

Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Lauren Acree is the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. When I first learned about micro-credentials, I was immediately excited about the potential to address this common problem. With micro-credentials, educators can self-select learning experiences that support their professional goals. We learned that: Teachers who earn micro-credentials want to earn more of them.

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5 Steps K-12 Schools Need to Consider When Moving to the Cloud

EdTech Magazine

In recent years, cloud computing has gained momentum among K–12 school districts, following expectations , as personalized learning, connected classrooms and one-to-one device programs add a significant strain to school networks. Keep Learning Software Licensing Agreements in Mind. Learn more about the potential benefits of incorporating the cloud into your infrastructure in the CDW white paper " Hybrid Clouds Deliver the Best of Both Worlds.".

Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment.

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40,000 Classroom Observations Point to Three Key Strategies for Continuous Improvement


When students are committed—and behaviorally, cognitively and emotionally engaged—they participate actively in class, feel safe and complete more challenging work that meets their personal learning needs. By bringing non-academic and academic measures together in an embedded, continuous and systemic process—and examining the entire learning environment—schools and districts can increase student engagement and positively impact student performance.