I’m working on a piece for the February issue of Educational Leadership and I’m hoping you’ll share your thoughts/ideas on the topic. Here is the issue theme:
For Each to Excel
High standards—personalization. Are these two education trends really in opposition? Because of today’s expectation that schools bring all students to high levels of achievement, many educators believe that it is more important than ever to get to know students as individuals, identify their needs, and target instruction to each student’s strengths and interests. This issue will explore how schools are personalizing learning to help all students reach common curriculum standards. We are looking for articles on new ways in which teachers are differentiating instruction and providing student choice and challenge at all grade levels. What does neuroscience tell us about the power of personalized learning? What are the benefits of the common core curriculum, and how can standards and personalization mesh? And what new possibilities for customized education are being created by technology, online courses, and virtual schools?
For my piece, I’m focusing on how technology can deliver more personalized, relevant, passion-based learning. To that end, I’m looking to include teacher stories of how you are making personalization work in your classrooms using technology. I’m not going to be focused on the Common Core standards as much as I am narratives that underscore the use of technology to enhance learning dispositions and create learners.
Please use the comment form below to share your stories, links, ideas etc. Or, you can e-mail me directly. Thanks!