Our Personalize Learning Toolkit includes resources that can help your school or organization personalize learning for all learners. You can use this toolkit to:
  • help you understand the language around personalizing learning.
  • provide background knowledge of the differences of Personalization, Differentiation and Individualization.
  • understand Universal Design for Learning as the foundation to create Personalized Learning Environments.
  • realize that there are three stages of Personalized Learning Environments.
  • design Personal Learner ProfilesTM and Personal Learning BackpacksTM.
  • guide change with the Stages of Concern about Personalized Learning.
  • have the research and resources to support your journey to personalize learning.

Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) Chart (V3)

This is version 3 of the PDI chart with revisions and a facelift based on feedback from educators around the world. We use this chart as a tool for your stakeholders to discuss the differences between these terms and to provide a clearer picture about the terms as they develop a shared vision to personalize learning.

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Report detailing Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

We created this report (version 3) to explain in detail the components of the chart and the differences between the terms. Read more...

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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments
We use the stages to define what teacher-centered, learner-centered and learner-driven environments look like. To move from traditional teaching to stage one is overwhelming. We created the stages to provide schools and organizations an overview of what each component of a stage can be.

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CBAM: Stages of Concern about Personalized Learning
CBAM: Stages of Concern about Personalized Learning
Change is not easy. If you are planning to transform learning to a personalized learning environment, this adapted chart will help you define the stages of concern when you go through the change process. We added descriptions for each stage along with strategies to guide change.


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Charts by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Personal Learner Profile TM
Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL), both the teacher and the learner understand how the learner learns best. The result is a Personal Learner ProfileTM that serves as a guide in selecting appropriate tools and resources they need to support their learning.

Personal Learning Backpack TM
When a learner understands how they learn best through the UDL lens, they are able to make appropriate choices in selecting the tools and resources that support their learning.

UDL guides how Personalized Learning Meets the Common Core
Universal Design for Learning is the Lens that guides the design of Personalized Learning Environments. We created this diagram to provide you a picture of the roles of the Learner, Teacher, Learning Environment, and Change Model.

Personal Learner Profile, Personal Learning Backpack and Diagrams by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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Books we recommend from our bookshelf

Here are some of the books on our bookshelf that helped us with our research. Scroll through to find any books in either paperback, hardback, or in a Kindle version.


Learner-Centered Research

The Education Alliance at Brown University - Personalized Learning Project

Dr. David H. Hargreaves.  A New Shape for Schooling?.
Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. (2006)

Andrew Pollard and Mary James
Personalised learning: a commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. (2004)

Students at the Center - Collection of 9 Reports from Leading Researchers (2012)

Chris Watkins. Learning: A Sense-Maker's Guide. University of London. 


Based on Neuroscience

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Center for Applied Special Technology
The UDL Center

Bransford. How People Learn. National Academy of Sciences, 2003.

Michael I. Posner and Mary K. Rothbart,  Educating the human brain.
Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. (2007)

Neuroscience and the Classroom:  Making Connections 
Online Graduate Course for K-12 Teachers

Dr. Todd Rose, from CAST, at the Cyberlearning Research Summit on January 18, 2012,  Learning Science Research: Brains, Games, and Communities. 


Competency-based Learning

Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways (Chris Sturgis, Bob Rath, Ephraim Weisstein, and Susan Patrick, January 2011)

Fred Bramante and Rose Colby.  Off the Clock: Moving Education From Time to Competency.   Corwin Press (2012).

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning (Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick, November 2010)


Articles and Reports on Personalized Learning

Link to Working Draft of Suggested Legislation:  THE EACH CHILD LEARNS ACT: The Pathway to 21st-Century Student-Centered Personalized and Digital Learning Executive Summary. Alliance for Excellence Education (July 2012).

Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning.  Alliance for Excellence Education (May 2012).

Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning.  SIIA (2010).

Personalising Education:  From Research to Policy and Practice.   State of Victoria. Education Policy and Research Division - Office for Education Policy and Innovation. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Melbourne (September 2007).

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Organizations that Focus on Personalized Learning

Alliance for Excellence Education (All4Ed)

Big Picture Learning

Competency Works 

Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC) 

Students at the Center

The Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR)