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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Gold Medal Learners: The Olympics – Powerful Athletes, Powerful Learners

Gold Medal Learners Powerful Athletes Powerful Learners
by Ryan Krohn, Director With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, the world will tune in to witness amazing performances and get to know the athletes with in depth interviews and profiles. And while a number of gold medal hopefuls, such as snowboarding’s Shaun White, alpine’s Lindsey Vonn, and figure skating's Gracie Gold (yes GOLD!) each hope to display a powerful performance, there is ...
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Utility: Electricity, Water, Internet…Learner?

image of power lines
by Ryan Krohn, Director Utility : u·til·i·ty noun: the state of being useful, value, profitable, advantageous, or beneficial. adjective: useful, especially through being able to perform several functions. A utility refers to services consumed by the public such as electricity, natural gas, and water. When these are in place and are a part of our expectation, we plan and make decision...
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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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What Learners Think About Agency

It’s hard to believe, but our six-part collaborative blog series with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey on Learner Agency is nearing an end! For this last post, we all felt it was crucial to get perspectives on learner agency from learners themselves. We asked some middle and high school students from our member districts to reflect on what learner agency means to them and answer a few questions...
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