Future Ready

Personalized Student Learning: A Future Ready Vision

Personalized learning is a student-centered approach designed to help all students, including students from low-income families and students of color who have been traditionally underserved, develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will prepare them for college, a career, and life. Personalized learning means that educators develop caring and trusting relationships with their students, who, because of these relationships will put more effort into their school work and achieve at higher levels. 

Schools and school districts have used a variety of personalized learning approaches, such as redesigning classrooms and teaching methods and effectively using technology, so that all students have the opportunity to achieve mastery of the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for college and careers. These include thinking critically, using knowledge and information to solve complex problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets. Personalized learning requires those working in schools to rethink the ways they teach and support students in their learning.

Under a personalized learning model, teachers, school staff and, as appropriate, other adults in these communities are given the time, tools and resources to:

• Understand each student’s personal and academic background, strengths, interests, and needs. Help each student to achieve an understanding of him/herself along with a commitment to and ownership of his/her own learning. Work in concert with each student to shape his/her academic path and enrich his/her education.

• Provide each student with targeted instruction, practice, and support in areas where they are struggling, while ensuring they learn challenging academic content and skills.

• Create more flexible learning environments and opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including one-on-one, peer-to-peer, small group, and online instruction to help students master academic content and competencies. 

• Connect each student to their local community and the world beyond the classroom by engaging them in real-world learning opportunities, such as internships, apprenticeships, hands-on projects, and global study.

• Use tools, technology, and data to enhance classroom instruction, assess individual students’ progress, and jointly identify next steps for meeting their needs.