Learning and the Brain Conference 2018

Building a Culture Where Personalized Learning (With Habits of Mind) Can Thrive

Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda will make the case for why we need to make a shift toward personalizing learning and developing the necessary dispositions for success. Through a deeper exploration of these questions, the presenters will share examples from schools and districts that are developing generative experiences where questioning, problem posing, and innovative practices are designed and implemented.

  • Part 1: Establishing “The Why”
  • Part 2: Examining Key Terms and Connections
  • Part 3: Growing Learners and Learning
  • Part 4: Clarifying Pedagogical Moves
  • Part 5: Building the Culture


Personalizing Learning Tools

Tool #1: Clarification Tool that describe the range of each of the 7 elements from teacher generated to student generated

Tool #2: Reflection and Action Tool that poses questions about past and future practice that may help guide where to get started

Tool #3: Process Tool to grow student’s role in goal setting for Goals

Tool #3: Design Tool for students to use to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals (2 versions)

Tool #4: Design Tool to grow elements: Inquiry/Idea Generation and Task and Audience

Tool #5: Process Tool to grow student’s voice and co-creation in Evaluation

Tool #6: Process Tool to grow student analysis and self-discovery in Evaluation

Tool #7: Approach to Feedback

Tool #8: Process Tool to grow student’s voice and co-creation in Feedback

Tool #9: Process Tool to grow student’s voice and co-creation in Demonstration of Learning

Examples to Inspire

Example #1: AP Physics Teacher Mike Mohammad

Example #2: Social Studies Teacher Laura Stott

Example #3: Mark Wise and Global Challenge for 8th Grade

Example #4: Thought Process of Task Design for 1st Year Physics Teacher

Example #5: Innovation Lab (High School) Presentations of Learning

Example #6: AP/IB Bio Teacher Talks About How He Frames Designs with His Students

Example #7: 7th Grade Humanities Unit Transformation

Example #8: Scoring tool to grow Inquiry and students role in Evaluation of their own learning in an English Classroom

Example #9: Math Teacher Describes Feedback to Students in a PreCalculus Classroom

Example #10: Community Partnership at Kellam High School

Example #11: Rubrics: Collaboration and Critical Thinking by 5th/6th Grade teachers

Example #12: From Aveson, CA: Grade 1 and 2 Example

Example #13:From Newport News, VA: Math Rubric, Grades 2-5

Example #14: From Grade 3 Classroom on Authentic Audience

Example #15: Communicating with Parents about Change in Approach in ELA Classroom

Redefining Student Success: Personalized Learning to Help Students Pursue Their Interests and Passions


PPT Slides for Session

NYT Opinion Piece: How Plato Foresaw Facebook’s Folly

Website: is a good for generating questions and conversations through an equity lens

Book Excerpt: Snow Story from Bertie Simmons on garnering respect

Illustrative Example on Community Trust: Furr Covenant

Video by Furr Students:

XQ – Stories from the Otherside from Furr High School on Vimeo.

Article by Yvette Jackson: Transformational Pedagogy: Cashing the Promissory Not of Equity for All Students
Interview with Yvette Jackson: Focusing on a classroom and school culture where every student has voice (one of the four attributes) and that voice shapes all aspects of school including curriculum, assessment, instructional design, evaluation of learning.

Coaching Points for Students: