Personalizing learning takes a process and time. Just giving learners the keys to their learning doesn't happen overnight. Hear the wow stories from educators and leaders and discover how they built self-sustainable personalized learning systems.
Purpose & objective
The purpose of our presentation is to present a process that works in building a self-sustainable personalized learning system.
As a result of their participation in this session, participants will know and be able to:
- articulate examples of personalized learning environments that took a challenge and turned it into an opportunity.
- share models of coaching programs and job-embedded professional development opportunities that could be replicated at their school or district.
- demonstrate to their colleagues that understanding how learners learn best can inform teaching practice.
Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation
The challenge for most schools and districts is to build a Personalized Learning program that is self-sustainable. The situation is that teachers only know what they have been taught or know about teaching and learning as learners themselves. The status quo is difficult to change because it is safe and comfortable. The infrastructure in most public schools does not make it easy to create flexible schedules and open classrooms. The educational challenge is creating a learning environment that motivates and engages learners in the learning process so they are prepared for college, career and life.
Panelists will share examples of how they scaled a personalized learning program by transferring it to their own learning management system. Some use Blackboard Angel, Canvas, and its Learning. We will also demonstrate how we use Google Docs to track and monitor progress along with other coaching tools.
Pinellas County Schools, FL will share Pinellas Innovates (6-12) using New Tech Network using Project-Based Learning and Personalized Learning as their model for other secondary schools in the district.
Buncombe County Schools, NC will share how media centers have been transformed into personalized learning environments employing Makerspaces and flexible spaces for project-based learning.
Oregon School District, WI will share how multi-age co-teaching teams provide professional learning opportunities for teachers and strategies for learners to work collaboratively and independently.
Instructional activities/strategies employed
Universal Design for Learning is the framework for personalized learning. The panelists will share how learners use UDL to understand how they learn best and create a learner profile. Teachers then choose four diverse learners who learn at the extremes to create a Class Learning Snapshot to drive design of instructional strategies that will meet the needs of most of the learners in the class.
Pinellas County Schools will be sharing the Pinellas Personal Learner Profile that includes the learner profile using UDL, Counselor Connect for the design of academic plans, and Future Plans to guide decisions regarding their career pathways, in-demand careers and consumerism.
Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School, VT will share how learners design their pathways to high school graduation with the support of mentors and apprenticeship programs.
Evidence of Success
Each of the panelists will share the process of personalizing learning and provide data and examples demonstrating improved academic success and graduation rates.
You’ve heard about personalized learning, but are you not sure what it means and what it really looks like in a classroom? Learn how personalizing learning changes teaching and learning so every learner takes more responsibility for their learning, how teacher roles change and what that means for teachers and schools. With this culture shift, the selection and use of tools, resources and strategies to support teaching and digital learning will be critical. For districts to scale personalized learning, they need to build a self-sustainable system.
Time - how much time will be spent on each content component?
I. Introductions of Panelists (8 min)
A. Welcome and Roadmap
B. Backchannel using Today's Meet
II. Question 1: What is your Personalized Learning model? (12 min)
A. Overview of model
B. Process used to build model
C. Review backchannel
III. Question 2: What is your school/district doing to create self-directed learners? (12 min)
A. Background and Research (Universal Design for Learning Principles).
B. Video and examples demonstrating self-directed learners
C. Review backchannel
IV. Question 3: How are you creating a self-sustainable Personalized Learning System? (15 min)
A. Process with The Three Stages of Personalized Learning
B. Coaching Strategies in Moving through the Stages
C. Flexible Learning Spaces
D. Review backchannel
V. Conclusion and Q&A (15 min)
Questions will be open to the audience.
- Process—how will participants be engaged with the content, if applicable?
Participants will have access to a room in Today's Meet as a backchannel. They will also have access to resources online on a blog post about this session. They will be invited to join Communities of Practice on the topic of Personalized Learning to continue the conversations from this presentation.
Bray, B. and McClaskey, K. Make Learning Personal. Corwin Press. 2014.
The Education Alliance at Brown University - Personalized Learning Project www.alliance.brown.edu/projects/details/proj_DSC1063.php
Dr. David H. Hargreaves. A New Shape for Schooling?. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. (2006)
Andrew Pollard and Mary James. Personalised learning: a commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. (2004)
Students at the Center - Collection of 9 Reports from Leading Researchers (2012) http://studentsatthecenter.org
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Center for Applied Special Technology. www.cast.org
How People Learn. National Academy of Sciences, 2003.
Michael I. Posner and Mary K. Rothbart, Educating the human brain. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. (2007)