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Winning in the Classroom with Your Personalized Learning Playbook

Winning in the Classroom with Your Personalized Learning Playbook

Personalized learning means different things to different people. Visit different schools with different models, and chances are they will all tell you they are using some form of personalized learning.

But what does personalized learningmean, and how do schools follow in others' footsteps in order to get in the game?

When it comes to sports, players turn to the playbook. Teams start by following a set of strategies that are tried and true, tested over decades of playing the game. (Take the play-action pass, or the pick-and-roll, for example!) But the greats—the players, coaches and innovators who are immortalized—achieve their goals by adding their own flair and philosophies to the game. They can assess and adapt to any situation.

So when it comes to personalized learning, where’s the playbook with those reliable, go-to plays to put into action?

For a field that’s so young and has yet to be solidly defined, these personalized learning plays are being invented as we go. And how they are tweaked and implemented by brave educators across the country is incredibly exciting. Schools are taking different definitions or frameworks for personalized learning that others have created and making them their own.

To define personalized learning for themselves and bring that vision to life, educators turn to a number of resources: frameworks and blueprints for personalized learning, networks of innovative schools and educators, and ultimately their own communities to co-create a vision for what it will all look like. To honor the players and the coaches of this personalized learning game, we’ve captured stories of:

We’ve also borrowed and shared a few of the tricks and tools being used to build personalized learning in schools and classrooms (from frameworks to white papers to professional development activities), so that you can start assembling your own playbook, whether for a few kids in a classroom or a 50,000-student district.

Take these plays, practice them, share them and inspire more players to play along. Let the personalized learning games begin!

Writing the Playbook: Personalized Learning Frameworks

Writing the Playbook: Personalized Learning Frameworks

Personalized Learning

Finding Your Sweet Spot: The Honeycomb Approach to Personalized Learning

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

School Models

Design to Personalize: How to Help Teachers and Students Succeed

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personalized Learning

Which Personalized Learning Framework is Best For You and Your School?

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personalized Learning

Looking to Personalize Learning? Yes! Now What??

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personalized Learning

Five Key Elements of Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning

Three Tips for Picking Personalized Learning Frameworks

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Professional Development

A Blueprint for Personalized Professional Development by Teachers, for Teachers

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

School Models

​Three Ways to Create a Student-Centered School

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Carrying Out the Plays: Implementing Strategies School or Districtwide

Carrying Out the Plays: Implementing Strategies School or Districtwide

Personalized Learning

Leading Rhode Island Districts on the Quest Towards Blended Learning

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Socially Engaged Contributors: The Fifth Element of Personalized Learning

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personalized Learning

Utah District Takes Next Step Toward Personalized Learning

Professional Development

How Delaware Teachers Put a Personalized Framework Into Practice

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Blended Learning

How the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro and Redbird are Reimagining Blended Learning in Puerto Rico

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Edtech 'Buddy Systems': When the Little District Helps the Big District

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

21st Century Skills

Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Competency-Based Learning

Low-Performing Detroit Middle School Eliminates Grade Levels, Goes Blended

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Team Huddle: Communicating a Personalized Learning Vision

Team Huddle: Communicating a Personalized Learning Vision

Movers and Shakers

Hold that Elevator! A Message on Pitching Your Plan for Blended Learning

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personalized Learning

How Lindsay Activated Change By Activating Their Community

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

School Models

Redefining Tech, Culture and Curriculum at Katherine Smith Elementary

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Personalized Learning

For Teachers, By a Teacher: A 'Crash Course' in Personalization

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

How BCPS Lighthouse Schools Changed the Conversation

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

School Models

What Makes Milpitas a Model for Innovation

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Twelve Resources to Get You Started

Twelve Resources to Get You Started

Interested in creating a personalized learning playbook? Here's our list of starter resources. And if you've got materials that you think others should use, please include it in the comments section below!

ResourceDescriptionType of ResourceWho's the Ideal User?Read More About it!
A Working Definition of Personalized Learning (NewSchool Venture Fund)List of four common
attributes shared by the emerging community of
schools designed for personalized learning
Infographic/
Framework
Teachers, District or School AdministratorsWhy use it?
Blended Learning Worksheets (Christensen Institute)
Worksheets for admins/schools to practice going soup-to-nuts personalized
ActivityTeachers, District or School AdministratorsWhy use it?
Redbird Personalized Learning Framework (Redbird Learning)
5-year description of steps for going blended
FrameworkDistrict or School Administrators
Who's using it?
Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware (Rodel Council)
Stats, systems, and interviews with educators to support going blended
FrameworkTeachers, School AdministratorsWhy use it? Who's using it?
Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education (iNACOL)
Descriptions of the differences between three frequently-interchanged terms
White PaperAnyoneWhy use it?
Pearson's 1:1 Framework (Pearson)
Research-based approach designed to help schools go 1:1
FrameworkTeachers, School Administrators
Why use it?
A Fundamental Shift in Teaching And Learning to Meet the Blueprint 2.0 Theory of Action (Baltimore County Public Schools)
School and districtwide recommendations for going personalized from Lighthouse Schools in BCPS
FrameworkTeachers, District or School AdministratorsWho's using it?
Human Capital Management: Developing a Strategy for Success in a Personalized Environment (Matchbook Learning)Strategies for cultivating blended learning leadersWhite Paper
School AdministratorsWhy use it? Who's using it?
The Edtech Challenge (The Edtech Challenge)Self-paced, scaffolded technology integration course for educators; major focus on personalization
CourseAnyone
A Framework for Cultivating High-Quality Blended Learning at the State Level (The Learning Accelerator)Research-based approach for state/local education groupsFrameworkState OfficialsWhy use it?
Redesigning Districts to Support Blended Learning (The Highlander Institute)
Analysis of triumphs and challenges of 3-year adoption of personalized learning in the classroom across Rhode IslandWhite PaperAnyoneWho's using it?
Project-Based Learning School Rubric (Buck Institute for Education)Based on BIE's "8 Essential Elements of PBL;" rubric describes what teachers and leaders do in order to support PBL implementationRubricAnyoneWho's using it?

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