Personalized Learning

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  • Chugach School District:  A Personalized, Performance-Based System by Chris Sturgis of Competency Works (March 2016)  This paper is a case study of Chugach School District  (CSD) in Alaska that changed from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, performance-based system some 20 years ago that led to increased student achievement. Discover how CSD “created the infrastructure to support a performance-based system, expanding learning beyond the classroom, embracing the culture of the community and developing educator growth.”
  • Continuum of Ownership - Developing Autonomy:  Chris Watkins, author of Learners in the Driver's Seat, shares an infographic, "The Continuum of Ownership."  The Continuum of Ownership demonstrates how learners move from compliance to autonomy as they become responsible and drive their learning. Discover the process learners go through from a teacher-center to a learner-driven environment to reach autonomy.
  • Education Reimagined:  A Transformational Visionfor Education in the United States (September, 2015):  Education Reimagined has set a new transformative vision for education in the U.S. where every child will experience great learning. They envision a learner-centered system where children thrive, are deeply engaged in the their communities and who are prepared and excited for their future. Discover in this report the three domains of all learners: knowledge, skills and dispositions and the five elements that characterize the learning experiences as a model that will guide innovation in schools.
  • The Growing Diversity in Today's Classroom:  This resource from Digital Promise Global shares the impact of diversity in our classrooms and the impact personalized learning can have on the ultimate outcome of well-educated kids.
  • iNACOL:    iNACOL drives the transformation of education systems and accelerates the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.
  • Iowa Big:  These principles drive Iowa Big:  These principals became the backbone of Iowa BIG: 1) Use student passion to drive deep learning and deliver core academic credits; 2) Engage students in authentic community projects, problems, and opportunities, and 3) Connect them deeply to the people and resources of the Cedar Rapids Tech Corridor.
  • Making Learning Personal for All:  The Growing Diversity in Today's Classroom:  Technology has the promise to personalize learning for a growing population of diverse learners across our country. This report describes how educators, family members. researchers, learning technology developers and entrepreneurs can work together on multiple fronts for personalized learning to reach its full potential.
  • Meeting the Every Student Succeeds Act's Promise:  State Policy to Support Personalize Learning:  iNACOL shares, "If we truly want to prepare every student for success, equity must be the primary goal for policies and educators, bringing all students to the highest achievement levels through coherent systems and policies that foster innovation for equity. Personalized, competency-based learning models should be organized to promote universal attainment of deeper learning outcomes and be very intentional about keeping all students on track."


  • Personalize Learning:  This website provides multiple resources as you transform learning for all learners.
  • A Preposition Shift:  This blog asks us  to change what we are currently doing to and for students to by and with students.
  • Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning:  This report from iNACOL is a valuable resource for state policymakers—whether they are seeking to create conditions in state policy to support personalized learning, moving forward with initiatives to develop personalized learning pilot programs, hosting task forces to explore policy issues and needs, or taking a comprehensive policy approach for supporting advanced personalized learning models.
  • Reaching the Tipping PointThis paper explores K-12 competency-based education policy and practice across six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
  • Stages of Personalized Learning:  Version 5 of this chart provides updated roles of teachers and learners.  A great tool for "my job - your job" as you initiate personalized learning in your school and classrooms.
  • What If? History:  This is a sampling of questions asked by my juniors in their final project for American History.
  • What's It Going to Mean to Have a Proficiency-Based Diploma? by Chris Sturgis.  What will a high school diploma mean if it is based on proficiencies instead of grades? Chris explores how ESSA opens up the conversations about what we want for learners and how proficiencies will be used in place of grades. This article delves further in what proficiency-based diplomas mean for graduation and the types of issues that will arise with them.


This page was updated on October 12, 2019.

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