Educators have to adapt instruction to meet students on all points of the learning continuum, with different strengths and backgrounds. Given this learner variability, teachers are challenged to differentiate lessons and to individualize learning for each student, while simultaneously keeping the overall level of expectation and rigor in classrooms high. Educators also grapple with the best ways to keep track of student progress, and how to involve students in their own learning and data management. While many districts across the country have been working to implement personalized learning, there is still a lack of coherent training, models, and tools to support districts in personalizing learning for each student, leaving some districts unsure what personalization should look like in their schools and classrooms and how to accomplish this goal.
Educators responded this challenge is widespread
Elementary school staff responded this challenge is experienced often
Respondents reported their schools or districts have made progress on this challenge
“I think one of the things that we still struggle with conceptually is: ‘What does personalized, digital learning look like? What should it feel like when I see it happening in my school and in my classroom, what does it look like at home?”
“We have learners on all points of the learning continuum, and even the most highly-skilled teacher can only differentiate to a certain point. So, how can we personalize learning in let's say, a six grade classroom where three kids are reading at a third grade level and five kids are reading at an eighth grade level, and then everyone else is somewhere relatively in-between, near grade level? That's a tall order.”
Learner Variability Project - From Digital Promise, this site provides research-based models to help educators and developers understand each learner and create innovative products that support learner variability.
Making Learning Personal for All - From Digital Promise, this series of papers explores how advances in research increase our understanding of learning variability.
Getting Started with Personalized Learning - From iNACOL, resources for education leaders, teachers and policymakers looking to redesign K-12 education around student learning with personalized learning and competency education.
LEAP Innovations - From LEAP Innovations, this site helps educators discover new tools and resources to bring personalized learning to life in their classrooms.
Teaching & Learning Practices: Personalization - The Learning Accelerator’s collection of nearly 100 specific strategies for implementing student-centered instructional approaches that individualize learning for each student based on specific strengths, needs, interests, and goals.