In 2013, Summit Public Schools built its own personalized learning platform to gain better insights into how students were progressing in relation to their personal goals. Fast forward to 2015 and what started with 19 schools has today grown to include more than 330 schools across 40 states.
The success of any school model depends on the people who implement it. One school organization looks at how teachers make decisions when hiring for its personalized, competency-based model.
Teachers in learner-centered, personalized settings serve as guides for students along pathways that address their individual needs, strengths, and goals for success in academics, career, and life. To prepare students to thrive in a changing world, educators promote collaborative projects, integrate authentic learning experiences that may occur outside the classroom, and, above all, foster learner independence and agency--student voice and choice.
The Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado is running the "Seeing Is Believing" tour - what one educator is calling the best professional learning (PL) she has been a part of as a leader, an educator, and someone who is always wanting to try something new if it's best for kids.
Lyel Resner interviews the founders of Compass Charter School, a progressive community school in Brooklyn, about strategies and challenges of building a true community school, elevating empathy in the school model, and what leaves them hopeful when children engage in inquiry and connect across their differences.
Changes in education over the next 20 years are going to be vastly more dramatic than almost anyone is preparing for now. But despite a decades-long record of systemic inertia, some schools have already launched dramatic changes in ways that do not require permission or empowerment from the forces that created that inertia in the first place. Here are some of the dramatic changes in education that will occur in the next two decades.
Scaling personalized learning can benefit from the lessons of early innovators, but investing the next group of educators in both planning and design is crucial.
All kids are capable of knowing where they are academically and taking the steps to move forward in their education. A teacher's intent to glean from students what strategies they preferred for learning a new skill, practicing that skill, and then demonstrating their understanding of that skill leads to a new way for co-creating learning pathways with and for her students.
As more and more educators work to replace factory-model schools with personalized, student-centered learning experiences, knowing our students has taken on new meaning.
Four practices help teachers design the kind of meaningful project-based learning that simultaneously reveals children's hidden talents and hidden genius and contributes to their community.