Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning Resources

 

Reports and Resources:

The Path To Personalized Learning: The Next Chapter in the Tale of Three States
Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd)
October 2017
This report details three personalized learning pilot programs in Idaho, Florida and Utah, to examine policy barriers, ways to overcome them, challenges still to come, and next steps for each program.

Personalized Learning and Students with Disabilities
National Center for Learning Disabilities
August 2017
This resource analyzes stakeholder input, including parents, practitioners, and education leaders, from New Hampshire, Colorado, and North Carolina to produce a set of recommendations to better support students with disabilities in a personalized manner.

The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5
National Center for Learning Disabilities
May 2017
This annual report analyzes the most recent data on students with disabilities; it provides 50 state-by-state snapshots as well as sharing personal stories of individuals impacted by learning and attention issues, and highlights some successful strategies.

ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State
KnowledgeWorks
May 2017
States have begun to submit their implementation plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this paper, the policy team at KnowledgeWorks highlights elements from state ESSA plans that align with a shift to a personalized approach to education. This document will include additional states in the upcoming months.

POLICY, PILOTS AND THE PATH TO COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION: A National Landscape
ExcelinEd
May 2017
This report examines polices in all fifty states and the District of Columbia that actively promote competency-based education as well as those that remove obstacles and/or support local competency-based innovation.

What Learners Need to Thrive in a World of Change
NGLC MyWays
April 2017
The MyWays project site offers reports, tools, and resources to help school and district leaders sort through the research on new teaching and learning models designed to prepare students for success in the twenty-first century.

A Guidebook for Success: Strategies for Implementing Personalized Learning in Rural Schools
Future Ready Schools®
April 2017
Largely an urban phenomenon, personalized learning can also address the unique challenges facing rural schools. This publication, released in partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and the National Rural Education Association, offers rural schools a step-by-step guide for how to implement personalized approaches to learning.

Personalized Learning Infographic
Alliance for Excellent Education
2017
This infographic demonstrates how personalized learning is gaining enthusiasm from students, teachers, and parents as a way to boost student engagement and achievement.

Opportunities to Create Next-Generation High Schools: A Toolkit for Education Leaders on the Personalized Learning Approach
Alliance for Excellent Education
2017
This toolkit helps school leaders leverage opportunities available in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create next-generation high schools and bolster the college and career readiness of all students, with a focus on accelerating success for traditionally underserved students.

How Students Thrive: Positive Youth Development in Practice
SpringPoint Schools
February 2017
This paper explores how to design schools that personalize learning and provides examples of what personalized learning should look like in practice.

What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities
iNACOL
February 2017
This paper explains what personalized learning looks like in practice, provides examples of teachers personalizing learning in instruction, and shares student perspectives on the benefits of personalized learning.

Mapping Mastery: Building Educator Capacity for Personalized Learning
National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE)
January 2017
This study identifies what competencies teachers need to serve students in personalized and blended learning school models and determines priority areas for professional support that would benefit educators in these settings. It also seeks to understand to what extent the current NAATE program addresses the needs of teachers while identifying how NAATE might strengthen its capacity to meet the unique professional learning needs of educators in these schools.

Education Innovation in 2017: Four Personalized Learning Trends to Watch
Christensen Institute
January 2017

Embracing the Opportunity: Recommendations for Scaling Personalized Learning Under a New Presidential Administration
KnowledgeWorks
January 2017
This report argues that truly transforming the education system means moving student-centered learning beyond the pilot phase. It offers recommendations for how the Trump Administration can facilitate this advancement by offering state and local education systems the flexibility to innovate and the resources to pursue their vision of personalized learning while providing the national leadership to help them replicate effective strategies at scale.

Policy, Pilots, and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A Tale of Three States
ExcelInEd
September 2016
This report highlights how and why state competency-based education pilot programs offer a reasonable and actionable first step for state policymakers seeking to advance this policy. In telling the stories of three states with the same goal, but travelling different paths, this report seeks to inspire other states to implement pilots as a first step. Also included are recommendations for gaining authorization for competency-based education pilots as well as communication strategies to support these efforts.

Taking a Giant Step Forward: Scaling Personalized Learning to Advance Equity
District Reform Support Network
August 2016
This report shows where and how this work is taking place by highlighting districts and networks across the nation that are using personalized learning both within and beyond the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) cohorts. It also describes a framework for scaling that is intended to provoke thinking about how this work can achieve educational equity. Finally, it details actionable opportunities for increased equity in scaling personalized learning that were generated from conversations between RTT–D leaders and experts in community-based partnerships, dynamic teaching and learning, and competency-based education.

Leading Change: The Emerging Human Capital Landscape in Personalized Learning Initiatives
District Reform Support Network
August 2016
This study explores the various professional roles that Race to the Top-District sites designed to help support the implementation of personalized learning models, and examines questions about hiring practices, professional development, salary, and career pathways related to those roles. This study adds to the body of knowledge of how personalized learning affects human capital in schools and districts, and offers key lessons for other districts planning and implementing personalized learning in schools.

The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: Personalized Learning According to Teachers
KnowledgeWorks
July 2016
The report explores what drives educators to build personalized learning environments in the classroom through excerpts from educator interviews and teacher reflections on how vision, culture and transparency have impacted personalized learning implementation.

Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning
iNACOL
May 2016
A resource for state policymakers in creating initiatives to develop personalized learning pilot programs, hosting task forces to explore policy issues and needs, and taking a comprehensive policy approach for supporting advanced personalized learning models.

Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning
iNACOL
May 2016
This paper illustrates the technical requirements and functionalities that learning management systems need to shift toward student-centered instructional models. The report will help school leaders understand the complex technologies needed to optimize personalized learning and how to use data and analytics to improve practices.

Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn from First Generation Adopters?
CRPE
April 2016
This paper takes a systematic look at costs associated with implementing personalized learning schools, how leaders of these schools choose to allocate their funds, and what it might take to make personalized learning financially sustainable on public dollars.

Rapid Cycle Evaluation for Educators: Improving Student Outcomes through Rapid Cycle Evaluation
U.S. Department of Education
April 2016
Rapid cycle evaluation (RCE) is a rigorous, quick-turnaround approach to determining whether a tool or a strategy is effective. Districts across the country want to know what works but need support to carry out the rapid cycle evaluations that would answer these questions. This brief describes some of the supports that would increase the capacity of districts to learn what works.

Transforming the Culture of Teaching and Learning: Four Race to the Top-District Grantees’ Implementation of Personalized Learning
District Reform Support Network
April 2016
This report is the second of a two-part study funded by the U.S. Department of Education to examine the personalized learning implementation experiences of four Race to the Top–District grantees, including their plans to sustain personalized learning environments beyond the time frame of the Race to the Top–District grant: 1) Iredell-Statesville Schools (NC), 2) Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL), 3) New Haven Unified School District (CA), and 4) Metropolitan School District of Warren Township (IN). This second report examines the implementation and outcomes from the four selected districts two years after the first report.

The Core Four of Personalized Learning: The Elements You Need to Succeed
Education Elements
January 2016

Next Gen Tools: Personalized Learning Plans and Learner Profiles
Next Generation Learning Challenges
January 2016

Elements of Personalized Learning: Partnerships
District Reform Support Network
2016

Elements of Personalized Learning: Technology
District Reform Support Network
2016

Personalized Learning: Creating a Relevant Learning Culture for the Next Generation
2016
Center for Digital Education

Older Reports and Resources:

Personal Competencies/Personalized Learning: Reflections on Instruction
Council of Chief State School Officers
January 2015

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student Centered Learning
Council of Chief State School Officers
January
2015

Getting Ahead of the Curve – Using Leading Indicators for Personalized Learning
District Reform Support Network
2015

District Conditions for Scale: A Practical Guide to Scaling Personalized Learning
KnowledgeWorks
November 2014

Equity in Competency Education: Realizing The Potential, Overcoming The Obstacles
Jobs for the Future
November 2014

Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Gen Schools
Next Generation Learning Challenges
November 2014

Personalized Learning at Scale: Case Study of Leading Cities
Education Cities
November 2014

Laying The Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce KnowledgeWorks
October 2014

Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice
Alliance for Excellent Education
June 2014

Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
June 2014

Fueling A Personalized Learning Revolution in Secondary Education
Fueled Education
February 2014

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education
iNACOL
January 2014

Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education
iNACOL
October 2013

Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning
Alliance for Excellent Education
May 2012

Personalization in School
Students at the Center
April 2012

 

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