Personalized Learning

James Lawrence, a 2017 graduate of the Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine, holds wooden duck decoys he made for an art credit his senior year.

Extending school far beyond the classroom walls

‘Expanded learning opportunities’ offer a chance to engage students based on their individual passions

Sanborn Regional High School student Jailee Thibeault does research during her social studies class. Each student chose a different figure from the American Civil War to profile.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

Boosters of personalized learning hoped for transformations under new ESSA law

Adriana Villegas, 17, discovers something new in Strides as Robert Vaca, 17, and Angelica Duque, 17, look on. All three students are seniors at Roosevelt High School in Fresno.

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

In Fresno Unified School District, students get points for attendance, grades and tracking their own data

Some teachers are gamifying their entire classes. In Classcraft, assignments are spaced throughout the game world for students to complete for points. Photo courtesy of Classcraft.

When the entire class is a game

Assignments are known as “quests” and students have to complete them to explore a game world

A student takes a quiz at a high school in Ossining, N.Y.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

Even states that only grudgingly rely on multiple-choice tests may sit out an “innovative assessment” pilot

A teacher helps a student who is otherwise working independently on his laptop.

The path to personalized learning is not straight

In the shift to personalized learning, schools and districts often chart distinctly different ways

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Making ‘Big Data’ useful rather than scary for teachers

How one district created a system to make data “a flashlight, not a hammer”

A robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin, then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior.

A district that pays students for their work

Students bank $10 an hour for after-school work completing projects for nearby companies

LISTEN: How a “drop-out factory” turned into model for success

Educators embraced personalized learning, an idea with little research but a lot of enthusiasm

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