This guidebook highlights how leaders in rural districts can use the research-based framework and free planning resources developed by Future Ready Schools (FRS), a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, to transform teaching and create a personalized learning experience for their students. It explores ways in which personalized learning approaches can capitalize on community assets such as strong relationships; while overcoming challenges specific to rural settings such as trouble recruiting staff, transporting students, and keeping up with fast-changing technology. For each of FRS’s seven essential planning components of a personalized learning model, the guide outlines unique assets, barriers to implementation, and strategies for implementation specific to rural schools. It also features a case study to illustrate personalized learning in action.
This is a must read for school and district leaders in rural districts who want to move towards personalized learning. It takes leaders through the phases of planning from assessing readiness through developing an implementation plan, all with the rural lens that is often missing in other toolkits and guides.