Personalized learning is a progressively, student-driven model in which students deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes. ~Zmuda, Curtis, & Ullman
This is the type of learning we strive for in our classrooms, schools, and districts. While I would venture to guess that almost all of us agree on this, a larger question looms:
How do we actually enact personalized learning at scale?
That is the exact question posed by Zmuda, Curtis, and Ullman in their text Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom. And, unlike many who have come before them, the actually lay out a very practical framework for achieving personalized learning at scale.
The authors begin by asserting two fundamental hypotheses that drive the text's framework:
1) Personalized learning is a better way to attain current learning outcomes.
2) Personalized learning is a better way to grow children.
After providing a clear definition of personalized learning and dispelling many common myths about the subject, they explore a series of tenets to move from theory to practice. Their recommendations are supported both by experts in the field and examples from real schools.
Here are the 12 elements they explore:
1) Disciplinary Outcomes
2) Cross-Disciplinary Outcomes
10) Demonstration of Learning
Importantly, they do not provide an "all or nothing" philosophy regarding these elements. They show ranges of empowerment, allowing for choice and flexibility throughout the process. There's a rubric for each element that describes the ranges of personalization available.
If you're working with staff this summer to rethink learning to attain greater student voice and agency in your district, read this book. It's the closest thing I've found to a comprehensive, accurate, practical tomb on the subject.