Winning in the Classroom with Your Personalized Learning Playbook

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Personalized learning means different things to different people. Visit different schools with different models, and chances are they will all tell you they are using some form of personalized learning.

But what does personalized learningmean, and how do schools follow in others’ footsteps in order to get in the game?

When it comes to sports, players turn to the playbook. Teams start by following a set of strategies that are tried and true, tested over decades of playing the game. (Take the play-action pass, or the pick-and-roll, for example!) But the greats—the players, coaches and innovators who are immortalized—achieve their goals by adding their own flair and philosophies to the game. They can assess and adapt to any situation.

So when it comes to personalized learning, where’s the playbook with those reliable, go-to plays to put into action?

For a field that’s so young and has yet to be solidly defined, these personalized learning plays are being invented as we go. And how they are tweaked and implemented by brave educators across the country is incredibly exciting. Schools are taking different definitions or frameworks for personalized learning that others have created and making them their own.

To define personalized learning for themselves and bring that vision to life, educators turn to a number of resources: frameworks and blueprints for personalized learning, networks of innovative schools and educators, and ultimately their own communities to co-create a vision for what it will all look like. To honor the players and the coaches of this personalized learning game, we’ve captured stories of:

We’ve also borrowed and shared a few of the tricks and toolsbeing used to build personalized learning in schools and classrooms (from frameworks to white papers to professional development activities), so that you can start assembling your own playbook, whether for a few kids in a classroom or a 50,000-student district.

Take these plays, practice them, share them and inspire more players to play along. Let the personalized learning games begin!

NOTE: Interested in joining in on the personalized learning conversation? Join EdSurge, the School Improvement Network, and writers from this guide in a Twitter chat next Tuesday, April 28, at 5 PM pst/8 PM est, using #PLChat. Hear about more resources, meet the “Twitterati” personalizing instruction, and add players to your team!

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