Time for a Look Back

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Progress on Five Key Principles for a New Learning Ecosystem by Jim Rickabaugh, Director As we approach the sixth anniversary of the Institute for Personalized Learning and our personalized learning transformation work, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect on some key areas of progress. The work is by no means finished, but much has been accomplished and deserves recognition and cele...
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Educator Competencies for Personalized Learning

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by Jean Garrity, Associate Director There seems to be almost universal agreement that our current educational system needs to be transformed into one that generates more learning, encourages student ownership of learning, and builds the capacity for life-long learning. The work of the Institute for Personalized Learning over the last six years has been in pursuit of that vision. We share the go...
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Personalized Learning: Curating, Customizing and Co-Creating

by Jim Rickabaugh, Director Visitors to environments designed for learners to have a personalized experience with their learning often comment that they see significant variations in approaches and organization across classrooms and other learning spaces. They ask how they should make sense of the differences and whether each of the approaches really represents personalization. Without a con...
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5 Signs You May Be Ready For Personalized Learning

by Jim Rickabaugh, Director We are often contacted by educators who have heard about personalized learning and the potential it holds to transform learning. They want to know if they might be ready to begin this work. Obviously, there are many factors that might be considered in answering the question, but over the past five years we have found that educators ready to take on the challenge typi...
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Ownership and Independence – The Keys to Learner Agency

by Jean Garrity, Associate Director Two years ago, I was visiting an elementary classroom in an urban district in southeast Wisconsin. My attention was drawn to an eight year old boy named William. William was one of those busy, active, somewhat disruptive kids. He didn’t believe in “crisscross, applesauce” as his teacher led the morning meeting, and I was curious to see how he behaved when the...
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