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Why Personalize: Teaching and Learning in Warren Township, Indiana

ndiana’s Metropolitan School District of Warren Township is rapidly emerging as a personalized learning leader in the nation’s heartland. The district, one of sixteen winners of federal Race to the Top District grants from the U.S. Department of Education in late 2012, launched its first cohort of five schools implementing personalized instructional models in January 2016. Superintendent Dena Cushenberry and her leadership team chose a deliberative strategy to retool their schools’ teaching approach “to prepare their students for their future, not ours.” They implemented new commitments to professional development for their teachers to master the new pedagogy, embracing participatory innovation and a willingness to experiment. Using short- and long-term goals around growth as personal development plans for teachers and students alike, Warren’s classroom culture evolved into one where personalizing teaching and learning could thrive comfortably. Details follow.

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Johnson: The Pizza Rule and Other Tips for Making Effective, Long-Lasting Changes in Your School

chool and district leaders face a difficult balancing act when it comes to change. On one hand, leaders are expected to drive rapid and complete change, often with academic, enrollment, or other quantitative performance indicators as immediate benchmarks. On the other, bringing change too quickly or forcefully can overwhelm teachers and students, leaving leaders without anything to show for their efforts. With short tenures being common in the role of superintendent as well as principal (each averaging less than five years in the role), it’s no wonder bringing about significant change is difficult, because by the time a leader has established enough credibility to try something new, it is nearly time to move on. It is for this reason that while the most successful change initiatives may start with top leadership, they must also include school leadership teams. These teams, made of teachers, coaches, and school administrators, increase context and credibility among staff, and often have a greater likelihood of sticking around for longer...

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The Core Four of Personalized Learning

The Core Four of Personalized Learning

This white paper includes a framework, actionable ideas and insights from districts who have successfully implemented personalized learning, to help you get started.

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Impact Report Building Capacity for Personalized Learning

Education Elements provides personalized learning services–consulting and platform tools–to  school districts. They recently released their third annual Impact Report, “Building Capacity for Personalized Learning and More,” examining the impact of personalized learning, competency-based learning and dynamic organizational design on districts across the country. Here are several highlights of what they found. Personalized Learning “As personalized learning grows in popularity, additional voices have emerged that point to the risks associated with it,” said Anthony Kim, Founder and CEO of Education Elements. “We are pleased to report that districts who are thoughtful about their implementations and focus on the needs of their communities see a positive impact year-after-year on not only student test scores, but also student engagement, teacher satisfaction and overall district effectiveness.”...

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Report: More Students Hit NWEA Reading and Math Targets Through Personalized Learning

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has said repeatedly that one of his favorite ways of teaching kids is by letting them guide their own education, typically with laptops or tablets, and moving the teacher more into the role of coach. The style is known as "personalized learning," and a study involving 36,000 students just upheld it as a major driver of improvement in reading and math skills. Since personalized learning has had scant formal evidence showing its success as a teaching method, the new study also adds some empirical support that Gates and many other techies have been on the right track in their endorsements...

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A study of 36,000 students just backed Bill Gates' favorite style of education

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has said repeatedly that one of his favorite ways of teaching kids is by letting them guide their own education, typically with laptops or tablets, and moving the teacher more into the role of coach. The style is known as "personalized learning," and a study involving 36,000 students just upheld it as a major driver of improvement in reading and math skills. Since personalized learning has had scant formal evidence showing its success as a teaching method, the new study also adds some empirical support that Gates and many other techies have been on the right track in their endorsements...

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Districts with Personalized Learning see as many as 20% more students hit NWEA Growth Targets compared to 2014

Education Elements, the leading consultancy supporting public school districts to become more student-centered, announces the release of their new whitepaper series, Guide to Selecting Curriculum to Support Personalized Learning. Having supported 600 schools across 34 states, Education Elements has developed a structured approach to effectively identify and implement a proper curriculum framework that supports each district's’ unique needs. This expansive guide is broken into a three phases whitepaper series and is available at no cost through Education Elements’ website.

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