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It’s Time to Personalize Learning in Alaska
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By: Dr. Karen Gaborik on February 27th, 2017

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It’s Time to Personalize Learning in Alaska

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n the middle of January, with little daylight and plenty of snow, we began the process of bringing together the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District community to learn about personalized learning.

With a week of workshops, board sessions and community nights behind us, we realized that over the course of a few days we significantly moved forward work that would impact our 14,000 students for the rest of their lives.

When the school board developed their strategic plan in February 2015, they wanted to make changes to the district’s approach to teaching and learning as part of their commitment to providing an excellent and equitable education to students, and to prepare them to succeed and contribute in positive ways to a global society.

It was determined personalized learning would be a key part of our strategy moving forward and district administration set out to make it happen. At the time, I am not sure any of us understood what an exciting journey we were starting...




This article appeared originally on Getting Smart. Read the full article here.


About Dr. Karen Gaborik

Dr. Gaborik holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned her teaching certification through the Teach for Alaska program. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in special education. She received her Doctorate of Education in K-12 education administration from Argosy University. As a lifelong Fairbanks resident, Dr. Gaborik brings a unique and valuable perspective to the position of superintendent as she has both attended and worked at district schools. She taught at both the high school and middle school levels and served as assistant principal and principal of Lathrop High School. Dr. Gaborik has earned numerous awards throughout her career including Alaska Principal of the Year, and she is active in the Alaska Superintendents Association. She is known throughout the district — and the state — for her thoughtful, collaborative leadership style and her successful implementation of innovative programs such as smaller learning communities, professional learning communities and effective teaming.

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