At the heart of a successful implementation of personalized, competency-based learning is:
- A community-wide shared vision that guides all decision making
- A student-centered district-wide culture that encourages agency and risk-taking for teachers, leaders and learners
- Transparency about what is expected of students both inside and outside of school walls, and how everyone has a role in pursuing the vision.
- System-wide alignment across ten district conditions: curriculum, instruction, assessment systems, learning environments, student supports, professional development, leadership development, technology policy, data systems and community partnerships.
Our paper, District Conditions for Scale: A Practical Guide for Scaling Personalized Learning©, explores the essential elements for successfully scaling personalized learning district-wide, based on in-depth research with districts across the country.
Building the capacity of district leaders and teachers is equally critical, and developing a keen understanding of the needs and strengths of your learning community is a great place to start. A companion paper, The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching, explores the impact of these conditions on teachers and their changing roles in a new system.