Journeys


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We are Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey who are on our own journey to discover the many aspects of personalized learning where we will share models, personal journeys, and research with you. Travel on this journey with us and discover the who, what, how and why of personalizing learning. We are following thought leaders below, teachers and learners around the world who are transforming their learning environments on next page. These personal journeys have opened our eyes around personalized learning environments, the research around personalizing learning, and how teaching and learning is changing and impacting learners and the whole community.

Thought Leaders' Journeys
Exciting programs are happening around the world. Personalized learning is happening now. We want to learn more so we can share what we find with you. When we started talking to leaders around the world, we realized we needed to share their journeys.




Lillian Pace
Lillian Pace is the Senior Director of National Policy for KnowledgeWorks. Prior to joining the foundation, Lillian served as an Education Policy Advisor for the House Education and Labor Committee, where she worked on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Read more...


Rich Czyz
Rich Czyz is a Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Stafford Township School District (Pre-K through 6th Grade) in New Jersey and is the co-founder of the Four O’Clock Faculty blog. Rich has a passion for modeling and implementing innovative strategies to help learners and teachers improve every day. Read more...


Virgel Hammonds
Virgel Hammonds is the former superintendent (Regional School Unit Two (Central Maine) and high school principal (Lindsay, CA). In both roles, he supported each learning community in the transition from a traditional model to one that is highly personalized for each child and based on mastery not seat time. Read more...


Dr. Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D
Jackie Gerstein's byline is, "I don't do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing . . . and technology has amplified my passion for doing so." She believes that one of the roles and responsibilities of the 21st century educator is to share resources, ideas, and instructional strategies with other educators. Read more... Read her posts on Really Seeing Each and Every Learner...


Katherine Prince
Katherine Prince, Senior Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks, speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem. Read more...



Bryan Bronn
Bryan Bronn is in his sixth year as principal of a passionate team of educators at Branson Junior High, Missouri, with an enrollment of 725 seventh and eighth graders. Bryan wrote a guest post why his school is Starting Small and Dreaming Big to personalize learning. Read more...





Kathleen Cushman
Kathleen Cushman is an education journalist, with a particular interest in the adolescent years. She wrote a guest post on the 8 Universal Secrets that Motivate Learners and share her work with the non-profit What Kids Can Do and books on Motivation and Engagement. Read More...



Bill McGrath
Bill McGrath is an instructional specialist who works on a district-level team called HIAT (High Incident Accessible Technology) in Montgomery County Public Schools in MD. They advocate for the implementation of Universal Design for Learning for all learners Read More...


Elliot Washor
Elliot Washor Ed. D. is co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning in Providence, Rhode Island. He discusses why structures in schools — like personalized learning plans that start with each learner’s voice, choice and interests where parents, teachers and mentors are involved in developing the next steps, courses and projects a learner will do —need to be part of any learning environment. Read More...



Chris Watkins
Chris Watkins is a researcher at The Institute of Education, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Faculty Member. Chris has been involved in projects with a range of schools on learning about learning, effective learning, classroom learning, teachers' learn and school learning. Read More...



John H. Clarke
John H. Clarke has worked for twenty years at Mounty Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol, Vermont on personalization based on his work as researcher at Brown University. He helped develop the Pathways Program at Mt. Abraham...Read More...


Keven Kroehler
Keven Kroehler, Founder of EdVisions’ schools shares Why Hope Matters and explains why EdVisions were built on the research that says learners that can set reasonable goals for themselves, make plans to meet those goals, and persist to actually achieve those goals are well positioned for success in the future. Read More...

Fred Bramante
Fred Bramante led New Hampshire's first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1999. His book "Off the Clock: Moving from Time to Competency" has received rave reviews in education circles around the nation. What drives Fred to change education is that he was a terrible student.Read More...


Jim Rickabaugh
Jim Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute @ CESA #1, shared with us their region's journey for the Personalized Learning Initiative. Southeaster Wisconsin is mobilizing as a region to transform public education through personalized learning for all students. Read more... Check out Jim's post on 5 Shifts to Learner Roles...

Dave Truss
Dave Truss is Vice Principal and Lead Administrator for the Inquiry Hub in BC, Canada. In Dave's first interview, he shared the plan for the Inquiry Hub. Read more... After the Inquiry Hub opened, Dave shared how learners choose a topic including a project based around a community garden. Read more..


Cary Harrod
Cary Harrod, the Instructional Technology Specialist at Forest Hills USD, Forest Hills, OH, shared their BYOL program for middle school children in their district. The district started a pilot program to gather data and learn what works and what didn’t work before they expanded to more grade levels across the district. Read more...


Stephen Petrucci
Stephen Petrucci, Director of Instruction in School District 60 - Fort St. John, BC, was the first British Columbia administrator to discuss UDL (Universal Design for Learning) in relation to a personalized learning environment. Read more...


Greg Wilborn
Greg Wilborn is the Personalized Learning Coordinator at District 11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado who shares how "Personalized learning allows learners to have a wide choice of what they learn, how they learn, when, where, and how they demonstrate their learning." Read more...



Patricia (Pat) Donohue, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University shares about Studio-Based Learning where students undertake a design project under the supervision of a master designer. Read more...


Darren Cambridge, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, American Institutes for Research and Director of Connected Educator. We asked Darren some questions about Personalizing Learning since that is one of the main topics during Connector Educator Month. Read more...



Ben Kestner
Middle School Principal, St. John's International School, Brussels, Belgium explains that since they are in an international school with learners from 60 different countries, they needed to rethink the curriculum so their learners owned their learning. Learners are in a group with an advisor who they meet with three times a week. Ben shared the curriculum that is experiential, learner-focused... Read more



Roger Cook
Superintendent of Taylor County Schools in Kentucky, has brought dynamic change to the district, starting from day one. During his first year as Superintendent, Mr. Cook transformed Taylor County Schools into a performance-based educational system, challenged teachers and students to meet 21st century expectations with rigor and relevance... Read more...



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