Monday, September 7, 2015

Personalized Learning Vision

Our district has had the honor of being recognized by the Lexington Leadership Institute to partner with Education Elements Company to develop an effective personalized learning plan.    This process is bringing us to a deeper understanding of the meaning of personalized learning and how it relates to our district and the needs of our students.

There are different meanings and interpretations of this contemporary educational term that has come into existence largely due to the opportunities brought on with technology learning tools.

I like the Wikipedia version:

Personalized learning is the tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments by learners or for learners in order to meet their different learning needs and aspirations. Typically technology is used to facilitate personalized learning environments.
(n.d.). Retrieved September 8, 2015.

Corcoran Unified School District is developing a vision of what personalized learning could look like for our students in the years to come.  Interestingly enough a group of our district and school leaders spent some valuable time in working with two facilitators from Education Elements and a graphic artist to draw out:

1.  Our beliefs and understandings of student engagement, student learning and what we see what is best for our kids.
2.  How that translates to personalized learning for Corcoran students.
3.  A plan to see all of the above come to fruition.

The original graphic is broken up into two parts.  The first part below represents the first two elements explained above, and the second part represents the plan as described in number three.

The graphics are going to be a great tool to help us define, market and successfully implement and monitor our district personalized learning plan.  The good news to celebrate in the beginning of this work is we do not have to recreate the wheel.  We have been working toward this work for years!

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