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Personalized Learning From Coast to Coast

Location: W180

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 25, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: W180

Dr. Michelle Benham   Dr. Elizabeth Freeman   Dr. Jill Gildea  
Curious about personalized learning? Come hear how three districts, coast to coast, implement personalized learning. Explore personalized learning frameworks, examine emerging research, and see it in action customized to various grade levels and contexts. Bring your questions and leave with answers to innovate and scale personalized learning in your district.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Across the nation, educators are looking for information and resources to transition from a one-size-fits-all industrial model of education to a model that addresses the unique needs of each student using the updated resources available and transforming the role of the classroom teacher

Purpose: Examine and explore personalized learning through the lens of ISTE student standards.

Outcomes of the Session
Participants will:
1) Examine the research base surrounding personalized learning
2) Explore the frameworks used by a large east coast district (Greenwich Public Schools -enrollment 9,000), a suburban midwest district (Fremont School District 79 - enrollment 2,500) and a metropolitan southwestern states school district (Dysart Unified School District- enrollment 25,000.)
3) Review three practical applications of personalized learning in diverse districts.
4) Create a three step action plan for sharing about personalized learning when they return to their district after ISTE.


1) Pre-session google form or Kahoot quiz on “How well do you know Personalized Learning?”
2) Welcome and Anticipated Outcomes (5 min)
3) Engaging visual introduction that brings the audience into a personalized learning experience. (5 min)
--Audience response to personalized learning
--Define personalized learning
--INTERACT: Collaborative word cloud or other visual share tool
--Backchannel for questions, comments, a-has.
4) VIdeo Clip: Rubik: A Question to Be Answered (2 min)
5) Rapidly changing world. We will use discussion techniques along with LayAR or another AR app to engage audience with AR layered content to explore. (10 minutes)
--Direction that we choose for students to prepare them for student agency and ownership
--Distinctions between personalized, blended, differentiated and individualized learning.
--Connections in our global world and how students need to be prepared to work on global teams
--Vehicles to capture personalized learning pathways
***Digital learning environment
***Designing spaces
***Learner profiles
6) Connection to leading researchers (10 minutes)
--Nancy Weinstein (ISTE)
--Bray and McClaskey
--LEAP Innovations Chicago
--The Institute for Personalized Learning
7) Turn and Talk: What research do you lean on? What frameworks have you examined in your district? (8 min)
8) Coast to Coast action steps (15 min)
a) Portrait of a career and college ready graduate and implementation example videos (See (Dysart)
b) Communication rollout plan (Fremont)
c) Strategic plan centered on personalized learning (Greenwich)
9) Conclusion: Participants will be guided on developing a 3-step action plan related to personalized learning to share in their districts or schools (5 min)

Supporting research Schools have no choice but to personalize learning

Audrey Watters - HackEducation

Integrating Habits of Mind (Kallick, Zmuda, Heick)

Digital Promise (EduClusters)

Microsoft - Hack Education

Today, Future Ready Coalition Partner, The Learning Accelerator, unleashed a new resource for schools entitled "Practices that Work"

Anthony Kim - PL playbook -

Bray - The 5 W’s of Personalized Learning
Rickabaugh - Learning Personalized
LEAP Innovations Chicago

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Dr. Michelle Benham, Dysart Unified School District
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Dr. Elizabeth Freeman, Fremont School District 79
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Dr. Jill Gildea, Park City School District

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