We believe that personalized learning does not exist in a contextual vacuum. We believe that in fact, personalized learning should be informed by the following four guiding principles, and that instructional and systemic shifts should rest on these foundational ideas - that personalized learning is student-centered, equity provides a powerful reason to personalize learning, nurturing learning environments create the conditions to personalize, and that data informs an approach that is responsive and user centered.
The Core Four is a framework for understanding the practices, mindsets, knowledge, and priorities that best personalize learning for students. Classrooms that personalize learning shift away from teacher-directed lessons towards experiences that build every student’s ownership of their learning. Those learning experiences require educators to have a foundational understanding of social emotional learning and culturally responsive instruction.