Personalized learning is a mindset and approach to teaching that focuses on meeting each learner where they are and tailoring a curriculum that considers their interests, prior knowledge and skill level, and pace. Such a demand on the teacher requires sophisticated usage of technology in a combination of personalized, blended and online learning.
Schools talk a lot about personalizing learning, of meeting kids where they are, and yet we see most high schools continue forward with prescribed, discipline-specific courses that continues to isolate disciplines from one another despite the fact that they are highly interrelated.
As schools and teachers work to help students get back on track academically, support for teachers is vital. Data-informed instructional coaching programs can help schools and districts in their academic recovery efforts.
John and Kyle Hattie share an excerpt from their book 10 Steps to Develop Great Learners.
Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is a youth-focused vocational training, educational, and community-based nonprofit in Hāna, Maui. Through core programs and initiatives, Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke empowers and nurtures students and graduates to become caretakers and leaders of their communities.
Tom Vander Ark shares the real world learning happening at CAPS during a recent school visit.
In Tacoma, WA, there is a small network of three specialized high schools providing a wide range of students with an entirely unique high school experience. This blog post looks at how these schools are rethinking education in an urban environment.