At KnowledgeWorks, we have conducted in-depth interviews with district, state and classroom leaders to understand some of the conditions necessary to create a thriving system of personalized learning. The commonalities across districts with thriving personalized learning in place are:
Instruction that is aligned, customized and varied in pace
Data that informs practice
Transparency so that both students and their families understand what is expected for mastery and advancement
None of these are possible without a strong teacher presence.
“While KnowledgeWorks’ definition of personalized learning is learner-centric, we recognize that creative, empowered teachers bring personalized learning systems to life. Consistent with a recent recommendation by the RAND Corporation that districts ‘provide teachers with time and resources to collaborate on developing curriculum,’ we believe that it is not technology itself, but how technology is cultivated by teachers in a learning environment, that leads to success.”