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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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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We have to stop pretending challenge

Here is our addition to the Scott McLeod challenge. When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending... That our current educational system has the capacity to meet the needs of all learners That we are adequately preparing our children for the future they will experience That a high-stakes, “moment in time” test is a worthy indication of what a student has actually learned ...
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Positioning for Growth and Innovation: Finding the Sweet Spot

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We live in times where society presses us toward near constant growth and begs for meaningful innovation. As education practitioners and leaders, it is up to us to take up this challenge and show the way forward in our areas of passion and expertise. It is increasingly clear that if we hope to create and shape the learning environments today’s learners need and deserve, we must be willing to do th...
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What to Expect

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By Laura Vitale, Digital Media Specialist A personalized learning classroom is going to look very different than a traditional classroom. As you listen to the audio clips below, you’ll hear educators reflect on what to expect as you begin to bring personalization to your classroom. Things like allowing learners time to adjust to new expectations of them. Remember, they are not used to having vo...
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