Reimagining Curriculum

Imagining Personalized Learning as A Mosaic: How District Level Leaders Engaged with Stakeholders to Honor the Power and Complexity of Personalized Learning

By H. Alan Seibert and Curtis Hicks Alan Seibert has held leadership positions at the high, middle, and elementary levels...
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Imagining Personalized Learning as A Mosaic: How District Level Leaders Engaged with Stakeholders to Honor the Power and Complexity of Personalized Learning

Prioritizing Investigation and Choice in Student Learning

While I am definitely a learner in personalized learning, my revelation this week has been that we should "lean away"...
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Prioritizing Investigation and Choice in Student Learning

Cranberry Science and a Splash of Red

The sun blazed, warming the October morning air. It glinted off the still waters of the cranberry bog, where more...
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Cranberry Science and a Splash of Red

Nurturing a “Literacy of Me”

This school year I began to lead a book study on the Quest for Learning: How to Maximize Student Engagement...
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Nurturing a “Literacy of Me”

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Curriculum?

Curriculum is a creative act — a journey we design to inspire and excite our students.

This category features how educators are leading transformations of an individual course, subject area, or schooling with their students. The goal is to offer curricular space for students to imagine, create, and innovate; pay attention to detail, practice, hone skills; and work through challenges that require both perseverance and thinking flexibly. All three of these categories are significant and interrelated.

Ideally, personalized learning curricula:

  • Identify goals of learning based on state/ministry/national frameworks that is written in student-friendly language
  • Develop questions or challenges that encourage students to think, problem-solve, and imagine
  • Design performance or product opportunities that mirror what people in the field and communities do
  • Use existing and seek out new assessment/instructional resources to support the development of every learner.

Imagining Personalized Learning as A Mosaic: How District Level Leaders Engaged with Stakeholders to Honor the Power and Complexity of Personalized Learning

By H. Alan Seibert and Curtis Hicks Alan Seibert has held leadership positions at the high, middle, and elementary levels in Salem City Schools over a 29 year career and is currently in his 14th school year as Division Superintendent. Find him on Twitter: @haseibert Curtis Hicks is currently in his 25th year in education. He has experience as a middle school teacher, a high school administrator, a high school principal, and a Director of...

Prioritizing Investigation and Choice in Student Learning

While I am definitely a learner in personalized learning, my revelation this week has been that we should "lean away" from unit design and lesson plan design that involves one master planner and “lean into" design that feels less structured, packaged, or "perfect" in its appearance. I am beginning to truly believe that if we intentionally only show our students the "bones" of our unit plans, rubrics, and lessons, we can more effectively invite students...

Cranberry Science and a Splash of Red

The sun blazed, warming the October morning air. It glinted off the still waters of the cranberry bog, where more than fifty visitors were gathered around several high school students to learn about the harvesting process. This was the scene at the Gardner family marsh—our first stop on the Splash of Red Cranberry Tour, led by Pittsville High School juniors and seniors. Before you read on, check out the video! The Community Pittsville, Wisconsin, is...

Nurturing a “Literacy of Me”

This school year I began to lead a book study on the Quest for Learning: How to Maximize Student Engagement and found myself powerfully reminded that our students need to not only form learning networks in our physical classroom spaces, but need to also "use digital tools for virtual learning connections." Without these virtual connections, the text argues, students "will not be adequately prepared" for the future. As a teacher of juniors, I do want...

Nurturing the Seeds of Talent and Passion within Learners

When I was twenty years old, I was standing in Benton Hall at Miami University, talking with my education professor after our 7 p.m. night class. While talking with my professor, I remember having a passionate conversation about the importance of nurturing and coaching students as they formed their own convictions. Looking back now, I realize that for a twenty-year-old, I spoke on this topic with unearned confidence and innocent assurance. Yet, despite this, I...

Paying Attention to Life Skills as Part of Regular Instructional Practice

Zoe Zmuda -- a sophomore in high school -- created this YouTube video as a culminating artifact to reflect on how education leaders (from classroom to consultant) pay attention to life skills as part of regular instructional practice. Points discussed within the video: the many types of life skills that should be fostered from an early age why these skills are crucial for students and later in life, and how they correspond to Habits of Mind...

Honoring “The Why” in Unit Design and Instruction

Over the past few years of teaching English to high school juniors, I have become increasingly aware of the competitive nature of our students’ post-secondary opportunities. With so many students planning to be engineers, architects, accountants and the like, I have realized that I, as a high school English teacher to juniors, have to do more work and spend more time in making my course as relevant to students as possible. To be honest, I have...

Letting Students Make the Choice

Rick Gifford knew that a worksheet where students define words and then use them in a sentence wasn’t the most engaging way for them to learn and practice math vocabulary. He wanted to spruce things up and give his students some choice, but he was struggling to come up with engaging and interesting ideas. So, he asked his students for help. "Hey, everyone. There’s got to be better ways for us to practice vocabulary. Let’s...

Wading into the Water of Personalized Learning

Writing this on the second day of school, I don't mind sharing that I am happily exhausted! This feeling is the result of my own passion for teaching and the collaborative energy happening inside my classroom. To those of you who don't know me personally, please know I'm not one to think that every day of instruction in my classroom will be or is perfect. To be honest, during that first day, I modified one...

Making Room at the Table: How to Create Student Voice During IEP Meetings

Student led IEP meetings are meaningful opportunities for students to develop agency, self-advocacy skills and be powerful members of their team. Yet, many educators, families, and students become overwhelmed in how to begin to cultivate this as part of regular practice. How do we make room at the table for students to become self-advocates in the design of their own learning? Early in my teaching career, I was setting up an IEP meeting, collecting some...