Monday, November 21, 2016

The Importance of Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy is about learners of any age having a voice about what they believe in and to speak up for themselves. This aligns with our goals for personalizing learning. So we decided to focus on self-advocacy skills for our November 21st #plearnchat topic.

We believe that every learner at any age needs self-advocacy skills. They need to find out about their rights and to know how to get the help they need when they need it. They also need to know how to find the information that will give them the background knowledge of a topic so they can defend any position.


We put together questions around self-advocacy that stretched the conversations using the Q1, A1 format:



Just read how some of the educators who joined us in #plearnchat were able to advocate for their positions about these questions from the tweets they shared: 



Travis Lape @travislape

We need to get learners away from compliance and competition in school. It is about what is best for their learning.



Colleen @bergincolleen

Teaches learners how to stand on their own two feet - no greater pride than knowing you did it on your own without help!



Brian Rozinsky @brianrozinsky

Those self-evident truths (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) -- nobody's serving them up on a platter; they demand agency.



Carol Frey Reinagel @MrsReinagel

Goal-setting and accomplishing. Have them self-evaluate. Give them a voice, no matter how soft it may be. Give them choices.


Mike Mohammed @Mo_physics

Self-advocacy is all about knowing what you want and what you need to get there. Or simply put: LIFE


Lisa Murray @LMurray_

I wish I snapped a picture of the learner I met with today who met her goal for the week. Her smile was priceless.

Evan Brudney @TheBrudneyBunch

Self-advocacy helps learners tailor their learning to fit the best way possible. Increases their motivation to learn!



Darren Ellwein @dellwein

Our group building/mindset activities in the first four weeks help learners develop the skills of self-advocacy. Learning inventories are a must to understand how they learn.



Susan Zanti @SusZanti5

Celebrate attempts at learning, show them as opportunities for growth, Listen to understand, and encourage effort.



Mark Levine @LevineWrites

We need to let them have voice and unlearn that we are the Master Minds...we are guides and they are the voice! 

Lemarr Treadwell M.Ed @LemarTreadwell

Opportunities to allow learners to Make Their Thinking Visible.




Congratulations to Meredith Johnson for winning our book, How to Personalize Learning


Meredith Johnson, @mjjohnson1216, is an Intervention Support Specialist at Collier County Public Schools in Marco Island, Florida. She seeks out others to work collaboratively with in the integration of 21st Century Learning skills.  Meredith participates in annual self-assessment monitoring of student records in compliance with all requirements of IDEA and its regulations; Florida Statutes related to Special programs for Exceptional students; and Exceptional Student Education/Florida Education Finance Program (ESE/FEFP). She assists district and school-based administrators with F.T.E., student projections, compliance monitoring, and federal, state and local reports.


"Self-advocating increases joy, motivation, ownership in success
and is a choice we all make each day."

Meredith loves working with children, guiding them in developing their academic achievement and using technology as a tool to help them achieve their goals. She is a passionate educator who has loved every minute of the past four decades working with teams of teachers to improve the educational process for children. Meredith is looking forward to adventures with future innovations that will help students become well prepared for the future ahead of them.

"How about holding discussions with learners about what these
self care ideas mean to them? Beginning steps in self advocacy."






How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.




Save the Date, Monday, December 5th for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST



We archived the entire #plearnchat about Self-Advocacy below for your convenience and as a resource.



Monday, November 7, 2016

Getting Started and Going Deeper When Personalizing Learning



Our new book, How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide to Getting Started and Going Deeper, was just released on October 18th, 2016. We have been getting amazing feedback from so many that we decided to share our excitement with fantastic educators who joined us in our #plearnchat on 11/7/16.  We went through our book and came up with some general questions using the Q1, A1 format:

We wanted to share a few of the insightful tweets from the conversations around personalizing learning with you.


Brian Anton ‏@FHS_Anton

"Common beliefs/language allow for all stakeholders to understand expectations and common goals."

Jay Eitner @Jay_Eitner

"A common language is paramount for every learner, parent, and student. It keeps everyone focused and on the same page!"

Pam Hubler ‏@specialtechie

"The what, how and why of learning. The only way to create buy-in and ownership of learning. Best practices work for all."

Shelly Vohra PhD @raspberryberet3

"Learners need to know 'why'; why do I need to learn this? Why should I learn this?"

Lisa Murray @LMurray_

"Learning styles may limit students by relying on one mode. Different activities/skills may require different strategies."

Andrea Kornowski @andreakornowski

"Agency helps to build college and career readiness skills and success later in life. More agency = increased engagement."

Carol Frey Reinagel @MrsReinagel

"Agency is about being purposeful, which gives them buy-in and motives learners to learn more deeply."

Colleen Bergin @bergincolleen

"Choice boards, allowing learners to choose how to demonstrate mastery of skill, give feedback on activities to improve."

Rachel Murat @MrsMurat

In inquiry learning ask learners to compare responses to non Googleable questions. Why did they answer that way? What's different?"

David Truss @datruss

"We need students and educators to Care, Share, and Dare!"




Congratulations to Charity Dodd, @CharityDodd, for winning our book, How to Personalize Learning



Charity Dodd @CharityDodd, Specialist in Learning and Leading for Battelle for Kids, leads the Professional Learning work stream to engage with twenty-seven school districts in Ohio to help increase student achievement.

She has over 15 years experience in education at all levels. Her goal is to improve teacher effectiveness to college and career readiness for students, and encourage collaboration among school districts in Ohio.


Charity accelerates college and career readiness within schools by providing professional development in career pathways, teacher leadership, improving teacher effectiveness, formative instructional practices, student motivation.

"Schools (teachers, administrators, students, parents, community) must know the goals and how personalized learning supports them."

"Agency is such an important life skill! We cannot "spoon feed" students. They need to be empowered...all students!!" 




Our new book, How to Personalize Learning, has launched. Yeah! This book is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning.  Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.


Save the Date, Monday, November 14th for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST


We archived the entire #plearnchat about Getting Started and Going Deeper into Personalized Learning below for your convenience and as a resource.