Utility: Electricity, Water, Internet…Learner?

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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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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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Learner Voice Demonstrates a Commitment to Building Agency

by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey, Personalize Learning LLC This is the fourth in the blog series on Learner Agency. We are collaborating with Personalize Learning LLC on this series and taking the lead on different posts. Barbara (@bbray27) and Kathleen (@khmmc) took the lead on this post on learner voice as it relates to agency. We want to share a summary of their post with a link to the...
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