Personalized learning gives
students multiple advantages

Accountability: The stakes for student accountability are higher than in the factory model of education. Students must demonstrate mastery of content and a readiness to progress in order to move to the next benchmark. Challenging students at their personal level benefits all learners.

Choice: Encouraging student voice, guided choice, and true engagement multiplies the ways students can learn: From online tutorials, to teacher-led seminars, to collaborating with peers. Students show more interest, ownership, and pride in their work because they are able to choose their areas of interest and the means to demonstrate what they have learned.

Flexibility: The antiquated model in which a lesson is taught in only one way, at one speed lacks relevance and authenticity for digital natives who seek flexibility, choice, relevance, and meaning. Students choose how and where they learn best.

Engagement with Learning Tools: Learners have access to a variety of supportive resources and technology tools. Some may choose to use printed resources for research while others prefer to access digital content. These tools accelerate learning – they do not control it.

21st Century Skills: Students establish and refine valuable skills that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom as they pursue future careers. These skills include critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and ability to adapt to change. Learners are encouraged to make connections, investigate, inquire, and bring new insights into their learning, along with the strategies and skills provided by the teacher. This type of learning promotes skill development required for success in today’s job market.

Personalized Learning Journal

Student-centered learning means classrooms look different

As the school year has progressed, more families are seeing the difference that personalized learning makes.  More students are working past their grade level.  In more classrooms, students know exactly what they’re expected to learn and have more freedom to learn in ways that work for them.  And in more schools, instead of learning how to get a good grade, students have flexibility to demonstrate true knowledge and incorporate their passions into their schooling. A personalized learning experience also means that rows of desks must give way to an environment that invites study, focus and creativity.  Think about how you read a book.  Do you sit upright on a hard chair reading for an hour?  You probably know someone who likes to recline or lie down with a book.  Eastern Carver County Schools has been making thoughtful investments to change the environments and furniture in its schools.  The one-size-fits-all approach is a relic of the factory model of education.  A personalized approach demands spaces where students feel comfortable and can work in different ways. This does not mean the district is abandoning desk.  Rather, students have variety and options — space to spread out, work tables to collaborate, and desks for independent work.  Furniture and classrooms must be adaptable to student’s learning needs.  Eastern Carver County Schools is making a cost-effective approach updating furniture in schools as needed. School furniture has a life cycle, and as schools replace it, they are seeking cost-effective options that are functional, but that also may resemble the comforts of home.  This means more soft seating and comfortable lighting.  Some spaces — especially in...

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg cites personalized learning to improve education

“Our experience with personalized learning, internet access, and community education and health has shaped our philosophy,” said Zuckerberg in a recently published open letter to his newborn daughter. All learning is indeed personal. Students in ECCS are benefitting from this district’s significant leadership and ongoing commitment to personalized learning. Supportive remarks about personalized learning from innovator and entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife, Dr. Pricilla Chan, are both gratifying and affirming of the numerous efforts underway in our district schools. ECCS continues to champion student success, cognizant that the economic landscape and global community in THEIR world has rapidly evolved. As Zuckerberg phrased it, “…personalized learning can be one scalable way to give all children a better education and more equal opportunity.” While it’s unknown exactly how the Zuckerbergs will spend the estimated $45 billion they’ve said they will donate to charitable ventures, it’s clear the two are focused on the benefits of personalized learning within...

Why is two-way dual immersion the recommended way to learn a new language?

The advantage of a two-way dual-language program is that it combines native speakers with new-language learners. Each student has the opportunity to be both a first-language model and a second-language learner. The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) states some of the benefits for both groups of language students in a two-way program. “Language-minority students build their native language proficiency, which in the long run strengthens their acquisition of the majority language (English). English speakers develop proficiency in a new language, and their English skills are strengthened by this additional cognitive process. They maintain use of English in the majority culture, so their English skills do not diminish during the time they are immersed in the new language, and their English school achievement eventually outperforms that of native English speakers who have been schooled in English-only instruction.” The University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Research of Language Acquisition (CARLA), which works to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages, also shares benefits of two-way dual immersion. “An academically challenging learning environment is provided to bring children from two different language groups together to learn from and with each other in an integrated setting. Instruction through the minority language is viewed as an enrichment experience for all, not as remedial or compensatory education for the language minority students in the program.” CARLA also states that in order to qualify as a two-way dual-immersion program, a minimum of one-third of each language group (i.e., a 2:1 ratio) is required. Eastern Carver County Schools’ two-way dual-immersion program, La Academia, meets the requirements of at least one-third native English speakers and...


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