I recently had the incredible opportunity to help launch my school district’s new “Personalized Learning Fellowship.” We spent the day exploring the what, why and how of Personalized Learning, while also engaging in deep discussions about the current state of K-12 education. Ultimately we focused on ways that we can shift to create a more relevant and impactful learning experience for our all of our students.

During the midpoint of our day, we explored the instructional strategies that educators (with support of their school/district) can implement to personalize learning most effectively for our students. Much of this is based upon the RI Office of Innovation’s Personalized Learning White-paper.

Based upon our initial discussions, here are 10 strategies that we have identified as key to personalize instruction:

1. Differentiate Instruction
2. Develop Learner Profiles
3. Conduct Impactful Formative Assessments
4. Emphasize Social Emotional Learning
5. Build Relationships
6. Leverage Outside Networks and Expertise
7. Implement Mastery Learning
8. Create Flexible Learning Environments
9. Design for Student Agency
10. Foster Authentic Learning Opportunities

We will be exploring these concepts throughout the year and unpacking each of these strategies in various contexts. As we do, I will be writing about our journey and sharing specific best practices that emerge. You can follow along here on the EdTechTeacher blog as well as our District’s new #BWRSDReady site to learn directly from each of our Personalized Learning Fellows.

You can also learn more at the upcoming EdTechTeacher Summit. I will be leading the following two sessions, come join us in Boston!

Leading Personalized Learning (Co-Presenting with Dr. Mario Andrade)

Personalize Learning to Amplify Student Voice and Agency