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The Personalized Learning Toolkit

The Personalized Learning Toolkit

Think of your favorite students. Chances are they were engaged, creative, motivated. What was compelling about them? Did they have courage and tenacity to reach for the stars? Were they creative and so helped to keep the classroom interesting? Were they focused and engaged because they had found something about learning they loved? Because they had a clear goal? How do educators find the right combination of people, strategies and support to create an environment where all students can have the best aspects of the favorite students and thus flourish? 

This is what we mean when we talk about “personalizing” learning.

This guide pulls together many materials—the frameworks, tools, resources & reports, projects and stories —to share how educators are putting students at the center of learning. We won’t stop here; we’d like to hear your story, too! Think we’ve missed something? Want to share what you’re doing in your school or district to better tune learning to students? Please let us know at feedback@edsurge.com. Just put “PL Story” into the subject line.

We are, truly, all learning here.

-- S. Michele Fry, Guide Editor 

Vision: How to Craft One

Creating a vision and plan for where a school, district or community will take its education system is like designing a 5,000-piece puzzle. Getting that design right is crucial. To personalize education for every student, school leaders need to account for equity, student agency, buy-in among staff, families and communities, and the resulting operational changes. Truly personalizing education means different school systems will take different approaches. Consider the frameworks offered here, all of which describe perspectives on personalizing learning. Then explore tools aimed at helping you craft a vision, as well as the reports and stories of how others are tackling this challenge.

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Framework: Future Ready’s Transformation Framework

23 DAYS AGO

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Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

22 DAYS AGO

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Resources: Data Quality Campaign and Policy

22 DAYS AGO

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Tool: A District’s ‘Look For’ Guide to Personalized Learning

23 DAYS AGO

Technology Tips

The Greatest Challenge Facing School Leaders in a Digital World

22 DAYS AGO

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Looking to Personalize Learning? Yes! Now What??

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

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What Personalized Learning Is Not

3 MONTHS AGO

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How to Create a Vision

23 DAYS AGO

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The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success

10 MONTHS AGO

Learning Research

What 7 Factors Should Educators Consider When Choosing Digital Tools for Underserved Students?

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

EdSurge Podcast

Questioning the Core Assumptions of Personalized Learning With Math Blogger Dan Meyer

2 MONTHS AGO

Research: Here's What We Know

We’re learning a lot about how we learn. The deeper the science, the more we realize we can do education better. What’s more, the more we realize that to be effective, we need to see each learner as an individual. Research crucially helps us sort out what works and why. Equally crucial: Incorporating that research into our visions of school models, into the development and use of edtech products as well as our approach to learning. In this section find pieces that are provide the resources and tools to better weave research into learning. Check out studies on issues including leadership, learning systems and edtech products. Also look for networks that encourage educators and edtech developers to connect around research and formulate next steps.

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Resource: iNACOL’s Reports on Next-Generation Learning

22 DAYS AGO

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Tool: The Personalized Learning Codebook

12 DAYS AGO

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Tools: Digital Promise’s Map of Education Research

23 DAYS AGO

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​Tool: The Learning Assembly Taxonomy to Edtech Pilots

23 DAYS AGO

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Tool: U.S. Department of Education’s Guide on Using Evidence

23 DAYS AGO

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​Resource: Project Unicorn Interoperability

23 DAYS AGO

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Network: EdWeb’s Research and Evidence Community

23 DAYS AGO

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Project: NewSchools’ Ignite Accelerator

22 DAYS AGO

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​Reports: On Leadership from Future Ready

23 DAYS AGO

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​Resource: McLeod-Shareski Book on Changing Schools

23 DAYS AGO

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Resource: CIRCL of Cyberlearning Life

22 DAYS AGO

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Resources: Regional Education Labs

22 DAYS AGO

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Resources: BLU, LearnLaunch, NewSchools, TED-Ed, Usable Knowledge

22 DAYS AGO

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Resources: How to Find Edtech Tools

22 DAYS AGO

Efficacy

Did That Edtech Tool Really Cause That Growth? How to Watch Out For Faulty Efficacy Studies

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Efficacy

The Hard Truths and False Starts About Edtech Efficacy Research

7 MONTHS AGO

Efficacy

If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?

6 MONTHS AGO

Big Data

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

6 MONTHS AGO

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Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

4 MONTHS AGO

Implementation: Making It Happen

Here’s where we get down to brass tacks. Making a vision real, building a system, hammering out the details takes real and consistent work. When implementing a plan, different school systems will take different approaches: How will they create the data-rich environment right for their community? Where does innovation and creativity fit? How are the roles of students, teachers and parents changing? Here, we share frameworks, resources, services and tools to support putting big ideas about learning into practice, as well as stories that inspire and inform along the way.

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Tool: reDesign of Education

22 DAYS AGO

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Project: Fuse RI spreads Next-Generation Learning

23 DAYS AGO

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Framework: LEAP Innovations’ Way to Build Better Schools

22 DAYS AGO

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​Framework: Future Ready Schools’ Commitment and Dashboard

22 DAYS AGO

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Framework: Verizon Innovative Learning Schools-Digital Promise Guidebook

22 DAYS AGO

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Framework: ISTE Standards, a Roadmap

22 DAYS AGO

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Framework: Ed Elements on the ‘Core Four’ Foundations of Personalized Learning

23 DAYS AGO

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Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

22 DAYS AGO

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​Tool: McLeod’s Trudacot Focuses on Tech Integration Questions

22 DAYS AGO

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Tool: Ed-Fi Makes Edtech Systems Communicate

22 DAYS AGO

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​Tool: A How-to Video Library From the U.S. Office of Educational Technology

23 DAYS AGO

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Tool: Mathematica Coach

22 DAYS AGO

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​Tools and Resources: AIR Services Fix and Improve Schools

23 DAYS AGO

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​Tool: Learning Assembly’s Pilot Toolkit

23 DAYS AGO

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Resource: Digital Promise Adds Professional Services

23 DAYS AGO

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It’s Time to Take Back Personalized Learning

21 DAYS AGO

Diversity and Equity

Fighting Apathy, Neglect and Racism to Give Left-Behind Learners a Chance

3 MONTHS AGO

Big Data

Compliance-Based Data Collection Will Never Close Learning Gaps

3 MONTHS AGO

Movers and Shakers

Edtech Executives Weigh In: 3 Conditions for Personalized Learning Success

8 MONTHS AGO

Professional Development

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

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How Baltimore CPS Used Communications Strategies to Create Personalized Learning Buy-In

9 MONTHS AGO

Evidence: Proving What Works

What works? Are edtech products doing what they’re advertised to? How do we know? Do different approaches or technologies work well together. You don’t have to be in the “Show Me” state to want to see evidence around what all the efforts and investments are catalyzing.

The edtech industry is still learning how to measure the impact of the changes that school leaders are putting into place. Research is helping to collect data and make sense of the results. Schools are getting better are organizing pilots, at gathering evidence and at making sense of what they see happen.

We still have much to learn. The reports and stories here share some of the lessons and observations made so far. School leaders can also use the resources and tools to contribute to our growing appreciation of what does—and does not—work.

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​Report: Summit Schools Shares Results of 15 Years

22 DAYS AGO

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Report: RAND Corp. Implementation Insights

23 DAYS AGO

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Report: MassNET Reports on ELA Edtech Tools

23 DAYS AGO

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​Resources: Jefferson Education Accelerator, Mathematica, OET, RAND, WestEd

22 DAYS AGO

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​Tool: Learning Assembly’s Pilot Toolkit

23 DAYS AGO

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​Tool: Lea(R)n Platform Grading Protocol

23 DAYS AGO

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Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

23 DAYS AGO

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Public Educators Share Fallout on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

ABOUT 1 MONTH AGO

Blended Learning

Frederick County’s Call to Administrators: Focus on the “Innovator” and “Early Adopter” Teachers, First

12 MONTHS AGO

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Personalized Learning’s Unknowns: Silicon Schools’ Five-Year Journey

2 MONTHS AGO

Big Data

Lessons Learned While Creating Long Lasting Change in Providence Public Schools

6 MONTHS AGO

School Models

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

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Can SEL Support Personalized Learning? How One Chicago School is Finding Out

8 MONTHS AGO

Gaming

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

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