Teaching and Thriving During a Pandemic

Teaching and Thriving During a Pandemic
by Trevor Muir Many people are viewing teaching during a pandemic like a car that is trying to drive with the emergency brake on. It’s as if there are teachers and students doing what they normally do, but it is covered in a malaise that keeps it from being fully effective. “Students can’t fully engage virtually, and social distancing keeps in-classroom learning from being entirely effective. Tea...
Read More

Rethinking Assessment

Image of brain with rethinking assessment caption
by Eric Hill, Professional Development Specialist Today, more than ever, educators are administering continuous assessments to their learners. The trend is largely driven by the increased demand for data. However, it is time we pause and reflect on the intentionality and purpose that drives our assessment practices, and more importantly learning and teaching. Before you read any further, take a ...
Read More

Reflections on the EdWeek PL Summit

Thought bubble with speech bubbles inside it
The Education Week Research Center conducted a nationally representative survey of about 600 teachers on personalized learning issues. On November 21, 2019, Dria Setter and Kate Sommerville were guests in an online Personalized Learning Summit hosted by EdWeek, which used the survey results as a starting point and examined teacher perspectives on various personalized learning topics. Along with Al...
Read More

Guest post: Handing Morning Meeting Over to My Learners

handing morning meeting over to my learners
By Susie Retterath This past fall I had the privilege of attending a professional development series titled Introduction to Personalized Learning by Dr. Jim Rickabaugh. After each session my mind was consumed with how personalized learning “fits” in an early childhood environment.  After all, personalized learning is taking place every day in our play based classrooms, right? I started to give mu...
Read More

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...
Read More