It’s one of the most alluring catch-all phrases used in schools today: “personalized learning.” But what does it mean? And what strategies, technology-based or otherwise, should districts consider if they are interested in customizing lessons to students needs and interests?
On Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. eastern, Education Week will explore this topic in a free webinar open to the public, titled “Personalized Learning: Turning Lofty Aspirations Into Specific District Policy.” You can register here.
I’ll be moderating the session, and I’ll be joined by two guests: Andy Calkins, the deputy director of the Next Generation Learning Challenges, and Theresa Ewald, the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the Kettle Moraine school system, in Wisconsin.
For a primer on personalized learning, see the recent Education Weekspecial report we published on the subject. We look at how the term is being defined in schools; efforts to make use of personalized learning in assessments; the role of student data and questions about data privacy; an on-the-ground look at how personalized learning is playing out in a South Carolina district; and how school systems using federal Race to the Top money attempted to use personalized learning, with mixed results.
Our guests will make presentations on personalized learning and then field questions—so get yours ready.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.