It’s hardly radical to assume that students differ in the ways they acquire, retain and demonstrate knowledge, but the subject of personalization is what some educators might call a ‘wicked problem.’
Personalized learning remains a pioneering effort -- one that's iterated upon in classrooms across the country by some of the nation’s most forward-thinking K-12 educators.
Getting Smart blogger Tom Vander Ark has highlighted schools that are embracing the approach from fresh angles through the use of technology coupled with models like station rotation.
Several NGLC breakthrough models grantees are among those mentioned, including:
- Aspire Public Schools, an established charter network that opened a Memphis-area school based in rich STEM-focused education, individualized learning on technology, and explicit instruction in computer coding skills.
- Summit Public Schools’ Summit Denali, a 6-12 school that integrates a blended learning flex model with dynamic Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) for each student.
- KIPP Chicago, a college-prep middle school that blends instructional technology with high quality teaching to serve a diverse student audience, and KIPP San Francisco, a college-prep high school that prioritizes student-centered, self-paced learning—and aims for a 90% college matriculation rate.
What other opportunities (and challenges) exist for personalized learning?
- Read the full post: Technical Challenges on the Path to Personalization.
- Download the report: Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Gen Schools