Free Online Event: Personalized Learning: What Works?

New Teaching Approaches, Technological Advances Raise Questions About What Works Best


The use of personalized learning approaches in K-12 schools is expanding, fueled by new teaching approaches and technological advances. But making personalized learning work in the classroom is easier said than done. That reality is in clear view based on the results of a nationally representative survey of teachers on personalized learning, conducted by the Education Week Research Center. It examined teachers’ perspectives on the power of new learning technologies to personalized learning, what they think of students setting their own learning goals, the role of adaptive curricula and assessments to empower students to learn at their own pace and to provide remediation or enrichment experiences for students, and more. This online summit will help keep Education Week readers ahead of the curve in an edgy, critical, and useful way by staying on top of how technological advances are changing personalized learning, what school/classroom practices (non-tech as well as tech-oriented ones) are showing the greatest impact on student learning, and what balance needs to be achieved between too much use of technology and not enough.


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Nov. 21, 2019
1-3 p.m. ET*

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Agenda
  • 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET | Discussions Open
    Education Week journalists and their special guests provide practical takeaways on personalized learning approaches.

    Room 1: Personalized Learning Is Hard to Do. Teachers Tell Us Why
    Moderator: Alyson Klein, Assistant Editor, Education Week
    Guests: Sterling Lloyd, Assistant Director, Education Week Research Center; Dria Setter, Professional Development Specialist, Institute for Personalized Learning; Kate Sommerville, Personalized Learning Professional Development Specialist, Institute for Personalized Learning
    ‣ Using the results of a nationally representative survey of teachers on personalized learning topics as a starting point, this discussion will examine teachers’ perspectives, such as why it is difficult for them to make personalized learning work, what improvements in student learning educators have seen from personalized learning efforts, and how classroom practices are shifting to support these new approaches. The discussion will also examine specific survey results on practices such as allowing students to set their own learning goals, the use of multi-age classrooms, and the effectiveness of adaptive curricula and assessments.

    Room 2: Principals and Teachers: Are They on the Same Page?
    Moderator: Kevin Bushweller, Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week
    Guests: Michael DeArmond, Senior Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Troy Paradee, Director, Nexus Program, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, Vt.; Michelle Wheatfill, Assistant Principal, C.C. Ronnow Elementary School, Clark County Schools, Nev.
    ‣ Teachers and principals appear to have different takes on the effectiveness and potential of personalized learning. That came through loud and clear when the Education Week Research Center conducted a comparison of a 2018 national survey of principals on technology issues and a 2019 survey of teachers on personalized learning. Teachers tend to be more critical and skeptical about these approaches compared with principals. Why is that the case? And how do they need to work better together to make personalized learning initiatives work?

    Room 3: Getting Personalized Pacing Right
    Moderator: Sarah Schwartz, Staff Writer, Education Week
    Guests: Caroline Bailey, Middle School Teacher, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.; Jennifer Larson, Middle School Teacher, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.; Dana Miller, Principal, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.; Dan Thompson, Middle School Teacher, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.
    ‣ Personalized learning dictates that students should have control over pace—how much time they spend on new material, and when they move on. But how does this practically work in a classroom of 30 students, all on the same academic schedule? In our national survey of teachers, the most commonly cited barrier to personalized learning related to pacing. What steps can schools take to overcome those barriers?

    Room 4: Letting Students Take the Lead Through Genius Hour
    Moderator: Madeline Will, Staff Writer, Education Week
    Guest: Denise Krebs, Teacher, Al Raja School, The Kingdom of Bahrain
    ‣ Genius hour, in which teachers set aside time for students to work on a research project of their choice, is a chance for students to explore their interests, hone their creativity, and become an expert in a given field. In this session, Denise Krebs, the co-author of The Genius Hour Guidebook, will share best practices.

    Room 5: Artificial Intelligence for Personalized Learning: Dynamic Duo or Big Problem?
    Moderator: Michelle R. Davis, Senior Contributing Writer, Education Week
    Guest: Andreas Oranje, Vice President of Assessment and Learning Technology Development, ETS
    ‣ Artificial intelligence is a hot topic of conversation in educational technology and a trend that will likely have a big impact on K-12. This discussion will examine whether intelligent tutors can really help students master material in new ways and end up being helpful partners to teachers. On the flip side, there are big concerns that AI could replace teachers, cause big data privacy problem, and inject biases into K-12 education. Hear what our guests think the road ahead looks like for AI in education.

  • 2:30–3:00 p.m. ET | Final Reporter Wrap-up
    Personalized Learning: What Works?: In Conversation With Education Week
    Led by the Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Bushweller, the Education Week newsroom will close out the day with insights from the discussions they’ve had with you, the readers.

Guests, Speakers, and Moderators

Caroline Bailey
Middle School Teacher, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.

Bailey has been teaching middle school for the past twenty years and is very passionate about personalizing learning for her students. She recently teamed with two other teachers to provide learning opportunities for kids to best meet their needs that included flexible pacing and schedules through interdisciplinary and personalized learning structures.

Kevin Bushweller
Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week; Executive Editor, EdWeek Market Brief
@kbushweller
@EdMarketBrief

Bushweller is an assistant managing editor for Education Week who oversees coverage of educational technology and the K-12 marketplace. He also manages the Digital Directions and EdWeek Market Brief online channels and serves as project editor of Technology Counts, Education Week's annual report about the state of ed tech. Bushweller began working at Education Week in 2000, and has been covering education for newspapers and magazines for more than 25 years. Earlier in his career, he was a senior editor for American School Board Journal and Electronic School magazines.

Michelle R. Davis
Senior Writer, EdWeek Market Brief
@EWmdavis
@EdMarketBrief

Davis is a senior contributing writer for Education Week who covers educational technology, including trends around digital education. Davis began working at Education Week in 2002 as a federal education reporter after covering Congress and the federal government in Knight Ridder's Washington bureau. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and gets to observe education from a personal perspective as she watches her two children progress through public school.

Michael DeArmond
Senior Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education

DeArmond’s research looks at educational governance, bureaucratic reform, and policy implementation. In 2018, he co-authored "Personalized Learning at a Crossroads" with Betheny Gross, based on a multi-year implementation study of personalized learning in 17 school systems. Prior to working as an education researcher, he was a middle school history teacher.

Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor, Education Week
@AlysonRKlein
@EdWeekEdTech

Klein is a veteran education writer who has covered K-12 schools for more than a dozen years. She covers the latest developments in educational technology, including topics such personalized learning, data privacy, digital curricula, cybersecurity, and teacher professional development. She is also the lead writer for Technology Counts, Education Week’s annual report about the state of educational technology.

Denise Krebs
Teacher, Al Raja School, The Kingdom of Bahrain
@mrsdkrebs

Krebs is an English coordinator and grade 5 teacher at the Al Raja School in The Kingdom of Bahrain. She has over 25 years of teaching experience—from kindergarten to college preservice teachers. Along with Gallit Zvi, she is the author of The Genius Hour Guidebook.

Jennifer Larson
Middle School Teacher, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.

Larson has been teaching middle school for twenty years and loves everything about what makes middle schoolers unique. In a quest to meet kids’ needs, she recently teamed with two other teachers to provide kids an interdisciplinary, flexible, personalized learning structure.

Sterling C. Lloyd
Assistant Director, Education Week Research Center

Lloyd manages the development of surveys and data analyses for Quality Counts and a wide range of other research publications for the Research Center. Since joining EPE in 2005, he has coordinated research examining a diverse set of education policies and topics.

Dana Miller
Principal, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.

2019 marks Miller’s 26th year in education serving as a teacher, counselor, alternative leader, and administrator at the middle and high school levels. She also served in her district’s Teaching and Learning Department facilitating the transition to standards-based, personalized learning.. Her “heart work” is collaborating to create learning environments that are responsive to children’s academic, social, and emotional needs where learning is a journey and not the destination.

Andreas Oranje
Vice President of Assessment and Learning Technology Development, ETS
@ETSInsights
@AndreasOranje

Oranje leads and optimizes the portfolio of assessment development for ETS’ operational testing programs and services, implementing emerging and innovative assessment design and development activities, and supporting the design and development of learning technology tools at the organization. A psychometrician by training, he directed NAEP’s design, analysis, and reporting contract from 2013-2017 and was the 2019 program chair for AERA’s Division D. His recent work focuses on applications of artificial intelligence to education, presenting at venues such as SXSWedu, NSVF, and ISTE on algorithmic bias, automated scoring, and the future of assessment.

Troy Paradee
Director, Nexus Program, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, Vt.

Paradee’s Nexus Program is a flexible learning environment designed for students to pursue individual, interest-based learning experiences. Students in Nexus design and implement personalized curriculum outside of the Champlain Valley Union High School course offerings. Students are expected to be highly self-directed and compile evidence of learning to meet graduation proficiencies.

Sarah Schwartz
Staff Writer, Education Week
@s_e_schwartz
@EdWeekTeacher

Schwartz is a reporter for Education Week who covers curriculum and instruction. Before joining the staff, she was as an Education Week intern, covering education technology. She has also worked at a middle school in East Harlem, New York.

Dria Setter
Professional Development Specialist, Institute for Personalized Learning
@Institute4PL
@pinkbikes1

Setter brings 18 years of elementary education experience including work with technology integration, differentiation for gifted and talented students, personalized learning, and most recently, work as a learning Coach. She has a passion for working with educators to help them create authentic and engaging experiences for their learners. She has presented at the local, state, and national level on a variety of technology, personalized learning, and coaching topics.

Kate Sommerville
Personalized Learning Professional Development Specialist, Institute for Personalized Learning
@kmsfrog
@Institute4PL

Sommerville has spent the last 17 years teaching 4th and 5th grade in the Elmbrook School District, in Brookfield, Wis., with the last four years team-teaching in a personalized learning environment. The teaming model developed by Kate scaled to multiple learning environments within her school, and has influenced educators across Wisconsin and the Midwest.

As a speaker, instructional coach, and consultant, Sommerville uses her creativity and enthusiasm to support teachers as they rethink their instructional practices and learning environments to best meet the needs of learners. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences, and has a true passion for keeping the student at the center of learning through the use of technology, inquiry based instruction, and student autonomy. She looks forward to using her own personal experiences to network and support teachers, districts, and students on their own personalized learning journey.

Dan Thompson
Middle School Teacher, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, Minn.

Thompson has been a middle school educator for the past fourteen years. Passionate about re-imagining how we do school and support all learners in achieving their personal best. He recently teamed with two other teachers to provide learning opportunities for kids to best meet their needs that included flexible pacing and schedules through interdisciplinary and personalized learning structures.

Michelle Wheatfill
Assistant Principal, C.C. Ronnow Elementary School, Clark County Schools, Nev.

Wheatfill began her teaching career in 2005. She has taught 5th grade, 3rd grade, and 1st grade at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in Las Vegas. In 2016, she was appointed assistant principal of Walter Bracken. Wheatfill, who has been a presenter at the Magnet Schools of America Conference and Nevada Mega Conference, is an advocate of STEAM-based programs and has taken her knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to C.C. Ronnow. As the newly appointed assistant principal of Ronnow, she is using her experience to assist administration and staff on integrating 1-to-1 technology approaches to improve student achievement.

Madeline Will
Staff Writer, Education Week
@Madeline_Will
@EdWeekTeacher

Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession. She joined the staff in 2016, initially as the assistant editor for Education Week Teacher, a section dedicated to the firsthand perspectives of teachers. Before joining Education Week, Madeline was the publications fellow for a legal nonprofit, the Student Press Law Center. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science.