Articles on Personalized Learning

  • The following articles discuss much of the "why" behind personalized learning. Some of our personalized learning environments are multi-age, so resources on multi-age learning are also available. 

     

    Two educational experts, and friends of the District, describe the four conditions needed to grow and sustain a culture of personalization in a classroom, school or district. 

     

    Learner variability is the rule, not the exception

    Are you wondering why all the students aren't getting the same lesson, at the same time in the same way? Learning sciences suggest differences matter for struggling and thriving learners.  
     
    Across the globe communities are coming together to explore crucial questions about the purpose of education and to have deep conversations about how they can better ensure that graduates are getting what they need to become productive, happy contributors to society. Read about this work from the lens of teacher, parent and community.
     

    Personalization Is the Key to Transforming Education

    The same technologies that customize our purchases and media preferences can help kids learn at their own pace. 

     

    The future of work is uncertain, schools should worry now.

    Our current middle school students will be ready for the world of work in 2030.  By then there will be new types of work, requiring new types of skills, and our students will be expected to be ready. The problems and opportunities and paradoxes associated with automation and artificial intelligence won't be limited to the workplace.

     

    The American educational system was built to separate learners by age. This continues despite growing evidence that age alone tells us very little about what a child can do or needs. 

     

    Independent Together: Supporting the Multilevel Learning Community
    Schools across Canada have engaged in multilevel education for several decades. This article outlines the benefits to include developing independent learners, celebrating uniqueness of each learning and working across of continuum of learning. 

    The Modern Multi-Age Classroom

    Multi-age learning fosters strong relationships among teachers, students, and families. This article explains how teachers and learners are benefiting from a multi-age environment. 

    Differentiated Instruction, Flexibility Make Multi-Age Classes Work

    Multi-grade classes sound like a lot of work for teachers. But by regularly assessing students, differentiating instruction, and using flexible groupings, the experience can be revitalizing for a teacher. 

    Mixed-Age Grouping: What Does the Research Say, and How Can Parents Use This Information?

    Parents can feel intimidated by the jargon used by teachers and school officials. Some terms may be new to those who have not spent much time in educational settings. This article provides some basic information about mixed-age grouping and examines research on mixed-aged grouping.