While there’s no one way to personalize learning in your district, all successful implementations have a few things in common. One of those things is a strong vision that all stakeholders understands. Whether you’re a superintendent, a teacher, a parent, a community leader or a student, you should have a say in determining the district’s vision for personalized learning and understand your role in pursuing that vision.
Is your district ready to begin the visioning process?
Think of the school district about 5 to 10 years in the future. Picture yourself making a report to the community on the state of the school district. Be intentional when addressing the following questions:
What are the characteristics of the communities the school district serves?
How have the community and the school district changed over the last 5 to 10 years?
How has personalized learning impacted students? In what ways has this style of learning helped students reach their goals more efficiently and effectively?
What skills and capabilities have made us unique over the last 5 to 10 years?
What do we believe in our “heart of hearts” about what we’re doing and why it makes a significant difference?
These are just a few of the questions we recommend considering when beginning the visioning process. Most importantly remember that when you’re crafting a vision, it should reflect the outcomes you want to see in your district, and that the process should engage all stakeholders. If you don’t want personalized learning to be just another initiative in your district, you must give everyone a voice. The more voice people have in creating a vision, the more commitment they will have to see it come to fruition.