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

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

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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, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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