There are certainly challenges in adopting personalized learning, but I believe the benefits are more compelling each day. Here are 4 critical steps when launching a personalized learning initiative.


Data is necessary to adequately define and address student needs. How can a school protect student information and still benefit from personalizing instruction?


The tendency to standardize content even permeates professional development for personalized learning. So how can principals give personalized learning a real chance to succeed?


Differentiated learning is sorely needed, but sometimes personalized learning technology creates a gap--and a tension--between individual learning time and teacher-led instruction time.


Neither the Secretary of Education nor the NEA is the "bad guy," but both need to be willing to compromise. Where to start? I think we need a 2-year moratorium on the consequences associated with testing.


Miller Park Elementary School sits in a high crime area of Omaha, but it is very successful academically. How does it succeed while others struggle?


Teachers, it's time we claimed moral authority - and professional responsibility - for evaluation and growing the profession. We have allowed evaluation to become a mess.


The whole education system needs to be overhauled, from teacher preparation to evaluation to professional development. We have to stop making schools - and kids - sway in the political breeze.


Research shows that teachers have the greatest school-based influence on student achievement. If teachers' presence matters so much, shouldn't we pay more attention to their absences?


Because academic achievement is linked to long-term health, implementing the Community Preventive Services Task Force's latest recommendations in minority or low-income communities will likely improve health equity.


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