Special Report

Getting Personal

Teachers, Technology, and Tailored Learning
June 18, 2014
Faced with tougher state standards and new research about how children learn, more schools and school districts have plunged into variants of personalized learning, or approaches to instruction that seek to better cater to students' individual learning needs. This special report explores that growing interest in personalized learning, looking at how related instructional initiatives (many of which are costly and technologically intensive) are playing out in the classroom and what solutions and challenges they pose for teachers and schools.
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    Ross Brenneman
    Education Funding Before Buying Technology, Asking 'Why?'
    Districts might believe that personalized learning follows directly from major technology purchases, but the reality tends to show otherwise.
    Ross Brenneman, June 18, 2014
    5 min read
    Education Any Way You Want It: A Video Collection on Personalized Learning
    In these videos from our editorial partners at Teaching Channel, teachers and students discuss personalized learning and the instructional approaches that ground it.
    June 18, 2014
    1 min read
    Teaching Profession Opinion Making Grading Personal, and More Enjoyable
    The path to better grading lies in formative assessment and student portfolios, teacher Marie-Levey Pabst writes.
    Marie Levey-Pabst, June 18, 2014
    8 min read
    Nancy Gardner
    Nancy Gardner
    Teaching Profession Amid Skepticism, Blended-Learning Models Aim to Transform Teachers' Work
    Some advocates say that digitally oriented instructional arrangements can improve not only student learning but teachers' working conditions and job satisfaction as well.
    Anthony Rebora, June 18, 2014
    8 min read
    David H. Rose
    David H. Rose
    Special Education Q&A Learning by Universal Design
    Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion.
    Anthony Rebora, June 18, 2014
    10 min read
    Professional Development Opinion Addressing Equity by Personalizing School Cultures
    A new book argues that effective school-wide implementation and use of personalized learning is essential to the pursuit of greater educational equity.
    Mary Hendrie, June 18, 2014
    4 min read
    Ed-Tech Policy Award-Winning Educator Taps Technology to Layer Instruction
    English teacher Diana Neebe helped create her school's 1-to-1 iPad curriculum. Along the way, she reconceptualized English class.
    Ellen Wexler, June 18, 2014
    4 min read
    Classroom Technology Opinion How I Blended My Math Class
    Silvestre Arcos, an award-winning math teacher at KIPP: Washington Heights Middle School, says that bringing technology into his classroom has boosted engagement and given him more flexibility to address students' learning needs.
    Silvestre Arcos, June 18, 2014
    6 min read
    Patrick Abele, executive director of Project IMPACT, stands for a portrait at North Iredell Middle School in Olin, N.C. Abele cited the district's implementation of technology in helping to achieve more personalized learning.
    Patrick Abele, executive director of Project IMPACT, stands for a portrait at North Iredell Middle School in Olin, N.C. Abele cited the district's implementation of technology in helping to achieve more personalized learning.
    John W. Adkisson for Education Week
    Education Funding Betting Big on Personalized Learning
    In 2012, the Iredell-Statesville district in North Carolina won a $20 million grant to pursue a personalized-learning initiative. Now, the district's leaders want to make sure they get it right.
    Ross Brenneman, June 18, 2014
    9 min read