Something happens when you personalize learning. There is an excitement that grows and blossoms as learners take more ownership for their learning. Join teachers and leaders from schools and districts from around the country as they share their stories about making learning personal.
Purpose & objective
Personalized Learning is changing how we teach and learn. The presenters are teachers and leaders who have jumped in head first and want to share how personalizing learning is relevant now because not only are today's learners digital, they are ready to own their learning. Teachers are finding that when you have a 1:1 environment, learners want to take responsibility for their learning so they can learn at their own pace anywhere and anytime.
This poster session will have multiple presenters sharing the significance of changing teacher and learner roles and the use of technology contributes to personalized learning. Each presenter will explain different tools and resources that support their program.
The presenters will demonstrate the process they went through at their school and district to personalize learning and how it can be replicated in your school.
Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey, co-authors of Make Learning Personal and co-founders of Personalize Learning, LLC have decades of experience around personalized learning. They are bringing together educators who lead the way in their school and district. The audience will sense how dedicated the presenters are and why they believe so much in personalizing learning
The purpose of this poster session is to share the stories about personalizing learning from different schools and districts around the country. Every school is unique and each situation is personal to them. Stories matter.
Participants will know and be able to get up close and personal to talk face-to-face with the different presenters. The power of the poster sessions is that participants can ask their burning questions to people who are actually transforming teaching and learning.
Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation
Personalized learning is not a new initiative. Yet the challenge is communicating what it means for their school. When a district takes on a belief system that becomes a shared vision across the school community, teaching and learning changes. However, change takes time. It is important to build a common language around personalized learning. Infrastructure will change because learning environments become more flexible and open. Schedules change. Teacher and learner roles change.
Each school and district has identified different tools based on their needs. This is what Personalized Learning means. Every school, every district, every community is unique so the tools, resources, strategies and personalized learning system will look different every where you go. One example presentation:
Buncombe County Schools employed multiple tools and resources to transform their libraries into flexible media learning spaces that implement a comprehensive 21st Century library media program with Makerspaces, video studios with green screens, photography, and more.
Evidence of Success
Just watching the video and sharing stories about Buncombe's media centers creates a culture of inquiry that doesn’t end with the school day. All of the presenters are so enthusiastic about sharing the success of personalized learning that we hope you spend some one-on-one time with several of the teachers to learn more.
Walk up to our poster session and you will see pictures of new learning environments, examples of projects and videos of kids telling their stories of what it means to personalize learning and teachers sharing that they will never go back to traditional teaching. Presenters will alternate presenting on the Smartboard their presentation of what is happening at their school or district. Expect QR codes on everything so you can take the stories with you.
Presentations will be no more than 10 minutes each:
John Parker, Digital Learning Specialist at Buncombe County Schools, NC will share how the district is transforming libraries to flexible learning spaces.
Barbara Bray, co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of Make Learning Personal, will share examples of redesigned learning environments and conversations in the Community of Practice.
Lauren Parren, Director of Innovation, Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School, VT will share learners design their learning path to graduation.
Pat Lusher, Director of Academic Programs, Pinellas County Schools, FL, will show the process the district has taken to design Pinellas Innovates (grades 6 through 12) that focuses on personalized learning and project-based learning.
Jon Tanner, Director of Technology, Oregon School District, WI will share the stories of co-teaching multi-age classroom models.
Kathleen McClaskey, co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of Make Learning Personal will give an overview of the Class Learning Snapshot and Class Learning Toolkit.
As presentations are going with a small group of participants in front of the Smartboard, other presenters will be available to talk one-on-one or with a few people at a time.
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)