How One District Improved Its Personalized Learning by Failing Forward

By Michele Eaton
October 18, 2016

In this article, a professional development provider working with teachers at the Ben Davis Extended Day (BDED) blended learning program at Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indiana, describes her experience working with teachers in a dynamic new way. Michele Eaton, the author, applauds the mindset of the teachers who when presented with the failure of a plan to add individualized learning plans for their students, decided to figure out how to improve rather than dismiss the initiative as a failure.

Building on this inclination to “fail forward” the author began working with teachers in a more personalized way. The PD provider and principal agreed that teachers did not need required PD or to put in seat time for PD hours. Instead, they developed personalized learning plans for each teacher. Teachers are now collaboratively contributing resources, discussions, and links to webinars and Twitter chats, experiencing the same approach to learning that they strive to deliver for their students. Other school leaders, PD providers, and teachers may be inspired by this article to build a learner-centered environment for the whole school community.

Source Organization: eSchool News

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