An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

By Bruce Friend, Susan Patrick, Carri Schneider, and Tom Vander Ark
February 21, 2017

This report provides an overview of student-centered learning for families and community members, using parent-friendly language, short explanations, and many examples. The report first outlines the need for and the basics of personalized learning. It explores, through five short case studies, personalized learning in action and how it differs from traditional learning environments. It also details the positive impact on students. The report concludes with recommendations to help families and communities support the transformation of their schools. Of particular interest, is a checklist for parents titled, “Is Your Child’s School Student-Centered?” located in the appendix.

This report is a must-read for all parents and can be used to engage families and community leaders in a larger conversation about the goals of our public schools. This article from Getting Smart also provides an excellent summary of the key takeaways from the report and could be used to support such a conversation.

Source Organization: iNACOL

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