Voice and Choice: Agency in Personalized Learning Environments

Voice and Choice
by Francis Redmon What makes you happy in your work? A sense of accomplishment? The ability to do work that is important to you, your family, and your community? Engaging and interesting work? A work/life balance? Appropriate compensation? For me, and for many of the people that I have worked with over the years, it is these things, but with a caveat - all of the above are shaded by the extent ...
Read More

Co-designers of Assessment

Co-designers of Assessment Element
Imagine a learning experience that is designed so effectively that what the student learns is powered by how the learner is being assessed. Shared assessment practices are established when learners play a role in understanding, planning, and demonstrating evidence of their own learning. When educators adopt assessment practices that allow the learners to play an active role in the design, the asse...
Read More

What’s So Hot About STEaM at the Waukesha STEM Academy?

Image-what's so hot about STEaM
by Eric Hill, Educator Effectiveness Coach, Waukesha STEM Academy; Giselle D’Souza & Christina Minz, STEM Students, Institute for Personalized Learning Youth Advisory Council members STEaM is a big deal at the Waukesha STEM Academy. STEM traditionally stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, which are important aspects of the learning experience here. We also have a part of our...
Read More

The Why, What and How of Micro-credentials

by Christina Sprader, Associate Director Why Many schools across the country are in the midst of shifting from an instructional centered paradigm to a learner centered paradigm. At the Institute, we often talk about developing “POWERful” learners, who are full of Purpose, Ownership, Wonder, Efficacy, and Responsibility. In order to make the shift however, we need to design a system that develo...
Read More

Assessment as Evidence of Learning – INFOGRAPHIC

infographic assessment as evidence
Shifting from Educator Driven to Learner Driven In a previous post, we examined the element Assessment as Evidence of Learning in depth. We also talked about how assessment elements are incorporated into all levels of the Honeycomb Model to ensure a balanced system of assessment throughout the learning process, and used to guide learning and drive future instruction. Another component of inc...
Read More