#MASSPchat 3/27: Personalizing Learning

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The Topic:
Personalized Learning has become a familiar buzz word (phrase) in education, as schools look for ways to allow students to determine the what, where, why and how of learning. The trend toward personalized learning is reflected in MDE's Top 10 in 10 plan, MDE's ESSA plan and it is also in the blueprint recently released by the Governor's 21st Century Education Commission -- so clearly this is a direction in which Michigan schools will be heading. For those of you who may not be familiar with this concept, if you are an ASCD member you can reference the March edition of Educational Leadership magazine which is devoted to the topic of Personalized Learning. Additionally, here is an article by Carol Ann Tomlinson that you may want to start with.

This week, let's discuss what is happening in your district, building and classrooms to make learning personal and what barriers you may be encountering in the process.

This Week's Questions:

  1. Let's start with the "why"...Why do you think the concept of personalized learning is so appealing? Why do you think it has the potential to improve student outcomes?
  2. Do you believe that learning can be personalized for learners of all ages and in all subjects? Why or why not?
  3. What is the role of the school leader in the movement toward personalized learning?
  4. What support will teachers need to help make learning personal for students?
  5. What PD or support would you need to help lead this work?
  6. What personalized learning opportunities are in place at your school?
  7. What barriers do you see or have you experienced in trying to move toward a more personalized approach?

Meet Our Moderator:
Wendy Zdeb (@massp) became MASSP's Executive Director of MASSP on January 1, 2012. Wendy began her career in education as a teacher at Warren, Fitzgerald High School where she taught English and coached three varsity sports. She then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at St. Clair High School in the East China School District. After three years as an Assistant Principal, Wendy was ready to seek a new challenge and she found it as the Principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years. Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Western Michigan University and her Master's in Ed Leadership and Education Specialist degrees are both from Saginaw Valley State University.