Definition of Personalized Learning


Slides from our two days (with your ideas embedded): Narragansett

Reimagining Curriculum

Long Term Learning Outcomes

Highlight the effective uses of understanding, knowledge, and skill that we seek in the long run — what we want students to be able to do when they confront new challenges both in and outside of school. You can only be said to have fully understood if you can apply your learning without someone telling you what to do and when to do it. In the real world, no teacher is there to direct and remind you about which lesson to plug in here or there. The students intelligently and effectively
draw from their repertoires, independently, to handle new contexts on their own.

  • Long-term in nature
  • Emphasize independent application when facing new challenges both in and outside of school
  • Establish purpose and relevance for students
  • Words that trigger fresh thinking for contemporary learning
  • Relevant for students and staff

Sample #1 from Avenues New York

We will graduate students who are accomplished in the academic skills one would expect; at ease beyond their borders; truly fluent in a second language; good writers and speakers one and all; confident because they excel in a particular passion; artists no matter their field; practical in the ways of the world; emotionally unafraid and physically fit; humble about their gifts and generous of spirit; trustworthy; aware that their behavior makes a difference in our ecosystem; great leaders when they can be, good followers when they should be; on their way to well-chosen higher education; and, most importantly, architects of lives that transcend the ordinary.

Sample #2 from Lower Merion, PA (Cross-disciplinary)

Within and beyond the school walls, learners independently seek to:

  • Investigate challenging contemporary global and local issues by pursuing questions or lines of thinking.
  • Use processes (e.g., design thinking, creative problem solving, and systems thinking) to develop solutions, prototypes, performances, and media.
  • Navigate through diverse sources and perspectives to make discerning and thoughtful judgments.
  • Craft and enrich communication through the meaningful choice of form, the strategic use of evidence, and command of language.
  • Share stories, ideas, and points of view by engaging others to think interdependently and potentially act collectively.
  • Advocate for self and others by drawing on compassion and courage to speak up for what’s right, important, fair.
  • Make informed decisions that support social, emotional and personal health and well-being.
  • Set learning goal(s) that are pursued and evaluated until the goal(s) are realized or new ideas emerge.
  • Explore and develop personal interests and passions.

Sounding Board — Exploring Seven Elements of Personalized Learning Design


Math Examples: Unit 1 Performance Task - Google Docs AlgebraIUnit2Test Unit 2 PerformanceTask - Taxing Problem

Article in Ed Leadership Article March 2017: OrchestratingtheMove_Kallick&Zmuda