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What Personalized Learning Looks Like Across the Country: The 2017 Fifty States Project

Mississippi

Coding

How a Tough Challenge Taught My Students More About Coding Than I Ever Could

12 MONTHS AGO

Indiana

Professional Development

Want to Give Students More Voice and Choice? Start with Teachers

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Montana

Professional Development

For Place-Based Instruction, Start with Place-Based Professional Development

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Hawaii

Diversity and Equity

Canoe as the Classroom: Cultivating Culturally Responsible Navigators and Leaders

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Delaware

Personalized Learning

Where Does Personalized Learning End and Special Education Begin?

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

District of Columbia

Personalized Learning

Providing the Right Guidance and Guardrails to Support Student Voice and Choice

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Utah

Personalized Learning

My Personalized Learning Approach Isn’t About Tech. It’s About Dignity.

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Wisconsin

Personalized Learning

Rewriting the Game of School: An Alternative Model for Learning

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Nebraska

Personalized Learning

How to Build Community Leaders of Today—and Tomorrow—Through Student Genius Hours

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Washington

STEM

In Washington’s Most Diverse District, STEM Opportunities Provide New Paths to Success

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Arkansas

Personalized Learning

The Answer Within—Making Language Personal

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Wyoming

Personalized Learning

Of Babies and Bathwater: A Call to Thoughtfulness as We Embrace Individualized Learning

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Iowa

Blended Learning

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Oklahoma

Movers and Shakers

The Impossibility of Negativity: An Affirmation from Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Missouri

Technology Tips

The Chromebook Crusades: How to Win the War Against Technology

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

South Carolina

Professional Development

Planning PD Got You Down? 4 Ways Padlet Can Help You Get Your Groove Back

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Illinois

Project-Based Learning

Finding Your Happy Place Along the Problematic ‘Personalized Learning’ Continuum

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Alaska

School Models

Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Massachusetts

Personalized Learning

4 Tech-free Ways to Personalize Learning in Your Classroom

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

South Dakota

Technology Tips

What to Put in Your Makerspace (and How to Pay for It)

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Kentucky

Technology Tips

Trolls, Catfish, Cyberbullies—Oh My! How to Help Students Stay ‘Internet Kind’

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Rhode Island

STEM

STEAM Box Offers Disengaged Students a Path to Empowerment: Choice

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Pennsylvania

School Models

​Micro-Credentials for Micro-Students—Kindergarteners Swap Grades for Badges

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Vermont

21st Century Skills

Fostering Global Citizenship, One Tweet at a Time

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Maine

Professional Development

Summer PD Feel Overwhelming? An Improviser’s Mindset Can Help You Keep Cool

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Hampshire

School Models

A ‘School in Need of Improvement’ Reinvents Itself by Focusing on What Matters Most

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Idaho

Personalized Learning

Want Your Students to Remember You in 20 Years? Start Holding Weekly Data Conferences

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Nevada

Personalized Learning

How Hip-Hop Led Me to Design Thinking...and Got My Students to Think Bigger

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Jersey

Project-Based Learning

To Build Teamwork, Breakout EDU Challenges Students to Think Out of the Box

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

West Virginia

Technology Tips

For This ‘Coal Country’ Librarian, Preparing Students for the Future Starts with STEM

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Texas

Professional Development

Tic-Tac-Toe Your Way to Teacher Choice: A New Model for PD

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New York

Professional Development

How the Country’s Largest District is Personalizing Learning for Every Teacher

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Mexico

STEM

Saving the World From Zombies (and Other Ways to Make Math Matter)

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Louisiana

Professional Development

​From Blah to Aha! Your Guide for Personalizing Professional Development

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Tennessee

Personalized Learning

Looking to Engage Students? Give Them a Chance to Get Their Hands Dirty

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Virginia

School Models

Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

California

Personalized Learning

‘QueenHype’ After-School Program Empowers Girls Through Art and Activism

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Arizona

Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning, the Navajo Way

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Florida

Language Arts

How to Shake the Blended Learning Blues

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Connecticut

Personalized Learning

Forget the Tech—Believing in Every Student Comes First

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Ohio

Language Arts

How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Oregon

Blended Learning

Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Michigan

Language Arts

Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

North Carolina

Personalized Learning

How Personalized Learning Starts with Less Teacher Talk, More Student Voice

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Georgia

Personalized Learning

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

North Dakota

Workforce Training

​Personalizing Professional Development For Teachers, By Teachers

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Kansas

Personalized Learning

If You Do Any of These 4 Activities in Your Classroom, You're Already Personalizing Learning

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Colorado

Personalized Learning

A Manifesto of the Possible: A Teacher’s Journey Toward Personalized Learning

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Maryland

Blended Learning

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

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Minnesota

Professional Development

Not Just About Students: The Importance of Personalizing Learning for Teachers

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Alabama

Personalized Learning

How to Find the Middle Ground Between Data-Driven and Student-Driven Learning in Your Classroom

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Hover over a state to see an article written by an author from that state

If you're in education, chances are you've heard the term "personalized learning." But what does that phrase mean? What does "personalized learning" look like from coast to coast, classroom to classroom?

For the last few years, we’ve collected stories written by educators—edtech coordinators, librarians, superintendents and others—from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. We called it The Fifty States Project, an initiative to showcase educators and their stories of supporting learning by using technology.

People took note, and now, we’re back for the third year, rebooting the Fifty States Project for the 2016-2017 school year. But this time, there’s a twist.

We want to celebrate the art, knowledge and best practices shared by educators across urban, suburban, and rural communities, wielding technology to make a real difference for kids—but specifically with regards to personalized learning. We are looking to hear answers to the following inquiries:

Below, you'll find our collection of articles that we'll build over the next ten months, finishing just in time for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested in contributing? Any K-12 state, district and school leaders, administrators or can apply here to tell their story.

Defining ‘Personalized Learning’

How are educators across the U.S. defining “personalized learning,” and what does it look like in the classroom?

Utah

Personalized Learning

My Personalized Learning Approach Isn’t About Tech. It’s About Dignity.

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Arkansas

Personalized Learning

The Answer Within—Making Language Personal

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Illinois

Project-Based Learning

Finding Your Happy Place Along the Problematic ‘Personalized Learning’ Continuum

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Massachusetts

Personalized Learning

4 Tech-free Ways to Personalize Learning in Your Classroom

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Pennsylvania

School Models

​Micro-Credentials for Micro-Students—Kindergarteners Swap Grades for Badges

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Vermont

21st Century Skills

Fostering Global Citizenship, One Tweet at a Time

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Nevada

Personalized Learning

How Hip-Hop Led Me to Design Thinking...and Got My Students to Think Bigger

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Arizona

Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning, the Navajo Way

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Connecticut

Personalized Learning

Forget the Tech—Believing in Every Student Comes First

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Kansas

Personalized Learning

If You Do Any of These 4 Activities in Your Classroom, You're Already Personalizing Learning

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Colorado

Personalized Learning

A Manifesto of the Possible: A Teacher’s Journey Toward Personalized Learning

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

The Approaches and the Technology

There are a number of different curriculum, instructional design, product and/or technology decisions that educators make when they implement personalized learning in the classroom. What are their go-to resources?

Hawaii

Diversity and Equity

Canoe as the Classroom: Cultivating Culturally Responsible Navigators and Leaders

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

District of Columbia

Personalized Learning

Providing the Right Guidance and Guardrails to Support Student Voice and Choice

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Wisconsin

Personalized Learning

Rewriting the Game of School: An Alternative Model for Learning

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Nebraska

Personalized Learning

How to Build Community Leaders of Today—and Tomorrow—Through Student Genius Hours

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Washington

STEM

In Washington’s Most Diverse District, STEM Opportunities Provide New Paths to Success

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Kentucky

Technology Tips

Trolls, Catfish, Cyberbullies—Oh My! How to Help Students Stay ‘Internet Kind’

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

West Virginia

Technology Tips

For This ‘Coal Country’ Librarian, Preparing Students for the Future Starts with STEM

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Mexico

STEM

Saving the World From Zombies (and Other Ways to Make Math Matter)

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

California

Personalized Learning

‘QueenHype’ After-School Program Empowers Girls Through Art and Activism

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Ohio

Language Arts

How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Oregon

Blended Learning

Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Georgia

Personalized Learning

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Alabama

Personalized Learning

How to Find the Middle Ground Between Data-Driven and Student-Driven Learning in Your Classroom

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Preparing Teachers (and Students, Too)

As much as some educators hope to change their classroom practices to better personalize for students, so too must the constructs of professional development switch. What does solid PD look like for all those involved?

Indiana

Professional Development

Want to Give Students More Voice and Choice? Start with Teachers

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Montana

Professional Development

For Place-Based Instruction, Start with Place-Based Professional Development

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Iowa

Blended Learning

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

South Carolina

Professional Development

Planning PD Got You Down? 4 Ways Padlet Can Help You Get Your Groove Back

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Alaska

School Models

Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Maine

Professional Development

Summer PD Feel Overwhelming? An Improviser’s Mindset Can Help You Keep Cool

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Idaho

Personalized Learning

Want Your Students to Remember You in 20 Years? Start Holding Weekly Data Conferences

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New York

Professional Development

How the Country’s Largest District is Personalizing Learning for Every Teacher

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Louisiana

Professional Development

​From Blah to Aha! Your Guide for Personalizing Professional Development

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Tennessee

Personalized Learning

Looking to Engage Students? Give Them a Chance to Get Their Hands Dirty

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Virginia

School Models

Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Michigan

Language Arts

Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

North Dakota

Workforce Training

​Personalizing Professional Development For Teachers, By Teachers

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Minnesota

Professional Development

Not Just About Students: The Importance of Personalizing Learning for Teachers

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Challenges Along the Way

Not everything goes perfect when integrating or switching to a personalized learning model. And what challenges when implementing and assessing personalized learning in the classroom—and furthermore, what are the solutions?

Mississippi

Coding

How a Tough Challenge Taught My Students More About Coding Than I Ever Could

12 MONTHS AGO

Delaware

Personalized Learning

Where Does Personalized Learning End and Special Education Begin?

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Wyoming

Personalized Learning

Of Babies and Bathwater: A Call to Thoughtfulness as We Embrace Individualized Learning

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Oklahoma

Movers and Shakers

The Impossibility of Negativity: An Affirmation from Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Missouri

Technology Tips

The Chromebook Crusades: How to Win the War Against Technology

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

South Dakota

Technology Tips

What to Put in Your Makerspace (and How to Pay for It)

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Rhode Island

STEM

STEAM Box Offers Disengaged Students a Path to Empowerment: Choice

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Hampshire

School Models

A ‘School in Need of Improvement’ Reinvents Itself by Focusing on What Matters Most

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Jersey

Project-Based Learning

To Build Teamwork, Breakout EDU Challenges Students to Think Out of the Box

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Texas

Professional Development

Tic-Tac-Toe Your Way to Teacher Choice: A New Model for PD

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Florida

Language Arts

How to Shake the Blended Learning Blues

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

North Carolina

Personalized Learning

How Personalized Learning Starts with Less Teacher Talk, More Student Voice

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Maryland

Blended Learning

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

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

This project was funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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