Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Personalized Learning System

A Personalized Learning System is a culture shift and a change in process that impacts the entire school community. Moving to learner-centered environments is more than just handing over the keys to the learner so they drive their own learning right away. This process is about developing a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System with your staff. This is about building a human infrastructure based on a train-the-trainer model where lead coaches support site coaches who support your teachers. Teachers become partners in learning with their learners as learners take ownership of their learning.

Personalized Learning System (2013) by Barbara Bray & Kathleen McClaskey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

The idea of a sustainable Personalized Learning System is about training your teacher leaders to coach teachers in their classrooms as they transform their teaching practice. We start with our 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse to build a common language around Personalized Learning across a district or school. Many of the districts that started with one cohort felt they needed to start a groundswell of support to build capacity so they usually end up signing up another cohort of teachers and administrators to take the 5 W's. They also find that the Community of Practice is not only online but in the staff rooms and halls of the schools. Everyone starts talking about Personalized Learning. It is important to have these conversations to grow a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System.