Share the PL Love: Reflections from our Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council-What We Love About Personalized Learning
Here at the Institute, we thought that February was the perfect month to show personalized learning a little love. So we encouraged our Twitter followers to #SharethePLlove and we also asked the ambassadors on our Youth Advisory Council to share some reflections of their own. We’re pleased to share a sampling of their thoughts here - as usual, their responses were spot-on and insightful!  My favo...
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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 ...
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What’s So Hot About STEaM at the Waukesha STEM Academy?

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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...
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Personalized Professional Development through Gamification

PD through Gamification
by Sarah Mumm, Director of Education Services for Kaneland School District Have you ever played Flippy Cup at work?   Have you ever wanted to escape your PD session after 10 seconds of being in the session? Have you ever raced through the day and competed with your peers to see who can learn the most and identify ways to implement your learning?   If you are intrigued by any of those stat...
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Personalized Learning: A vision we can all aspire to

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by Julia Rutledge, M.S. When people ask me why I decided to pursue my doctorate in educational psychology, I think about an experience I had ten years ago as a student teacher of high school literature. Like many teachers, I had disengaged students. Some would sit in the back of the class and zone out on their iPods, while it seemed almost impossible to get others to raise their hand to partici...
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