Sunday, February 24, 2013

6 Steps to Personalize Learning

The Six Steps to Personalize Learning is a hybrid course that includes three days on-site, three webinars and a Community of Practice with synchronous and asynchronous interactive activities. PD hours or Graduate Credit offered

The Six Steps to Personalize Learning workshop can be personalized for your school, district, or region. We come to you to guide the process. Several of the ideas and strategies in the steps include:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Class Learning Snapshot
  • Personal Learner Profile
  • Class Learning Toolkit
  • Redesigned learning environments
  • A repository of transformed lessons and projects aligned to CCSS
  • Inquiry-based strategies
  • Skills to choose the appropriate resources and tools to support teaching and learning

If you are planning to transform teaching and learning across your school or district, we  recommend key stakeholders to participate in the 5 W's of Personalized Learning first to build a common language and vision.

Summary of the Six Steps to Personalize Learning

Step One: Understand Who are your Learners and How They Learn Best
We review how each generation processes information differently and how digital information has changed teaching and learning. We discuss the how and why people approach life depending on their mindset, the importance of failure to learn, unlearn, and relearn, and the skills needed to be college and career ready. Much of our research is based on Universal Design for Learning principles from CAST ( to design the Class Learning Snapshot that guides what a teacher anticipates their learners strengths, challenges, aptitudes, interests, preferences, and needs. We introduce the Personal Learner Profile.

Step Two: Design a Stage One Personalize Learning Environment (PLE)
A Stage One PLE is teacher-centered with learner voice and choice. We introduce the different types of classroom learning environments. You will use your Class Learning Snapshot to determine the physical redesign of your classroom based on different examples of learning zones and flexible learning spaces. You will also build a Class Learning Toolkit based on the results of an inventory assessment of existing resources and from a repository of tools and apps that support learners in your classroom.

Step Three: Develop a Universally-Designed Lesson
Referring to the Class Learning Snapshot, you will transform an existing lesson using the Personalized Learning (PL) Lesson template. You will use the model and examples to assist you in establishing a learning goal for this lesson, how to unpack the Common Core State Standards with your learners, design a warm-up activity that will engage specific learners based on the Class Learning Snapshot. You will also universally-design the new vocabulary along with guided and independent activities as the framework of the lesson.

Step Four: Facilitate Driving and Supporting Questions
You will be referring to different resources and examples to explain why questions and inquiry are important to drive learning that encourages learner voice and choice. We will start out as the teacher with you as learners in the classroom bringing questioning to the forefront. You as learners will have a choose and prioritize driving and supporting questions. We will share examples of teachers using questions, display questions, and how to incorporate inquiry throughout teaching and learning no matter what grade or subject.

Step Five: Choose and Use Tools, Resources, and Strategies for Teaching and Learning
Using the Class Learning Snapshot (CLS), we guide you in how to select and integrate tools, apps, and resources to universally-design instruction and learning strategies. Considering the learners in your CLS, you will outline the learning strategies and skills in the lesson along with the skills from NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) for Students to create a Class Learning Toolkit (CLT). Personal Learner Profiles (PLP) of two learners will be used to demonstrate how to develop a Personal Learning Backpack (PLB) that will support the learners in achieving their learning goals in this lesson.

Step Six: Use Assessment AS Learning
You will develop a rationale why assessment as learning creates independent, expert and self-regulated learners. Expert learners and assessment as learning is the key for learners taking responsibility for their learning. You will be using the CLS as learners to collect evidence of learning during one lesson. Then you will design assessment strategies that include feedback loops, reflections, and other ongoing strategies such as ePortfolios and shared documents.


As facilitators, we coach you in person and online as you apply the steps in your classroom. After the workshop is over,  you can continue ongoing discussions in an online Community of Practice (the Personalize Learning Collaboratory) with other educators from around the world. 

To set up a workshop or questions, contact us: or use our Contact Form

You can download the flyer at 6 Steps to Personalize Learning Flyer from Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey

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