Klea Scharberg

Throughout December and January: Personalized Learning

How do we help each student succeed? One promising way is to personalize learning and put each student at the center of her learning experience. Broader than individualized or differentiated instruction, personalized learning is driven by the learner. Ensuring personalized learning for all students requires a shift in thinking about long-standing education practices, systems, and policies, as well as significant changes in the tools and resources. To address students’ abilities, interests, styles, and performance, schools need to rethink curricula, instruction, and technology tools to support giving learners choices and schools flexibility.

Join us as throughout December and January as we take a look at how personalized learning has the promise to ensure equity, engagement, ownership, and achievement for each child, in each school, and in each community so that she is college, career, and citizenship ready and is prepared for success in our global, knowledge-based society.

The Whole Child Podcast

This month, download two episodes of Whole Child Podcast featuring ASCD author Yong Zhao in conversation with ASCD's Sean Slade and a panel discussion among educators who are currently personalizing learning for students in their schools.

The Whole Child Blog

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Comments (3)


December 17, 2013

Since it is completely contradictory to begin discussing an authentic whole child lens if we accept that all kids need to master identical standards, CCSS, or take identical core coursework, graduation requirements; it will be interesting to hear educators who are serious about whole child education and, or truly personalized learning wrestle with the elephants in the room, CCSS & graduation requirements. Of course the conversation is capable of being informed by 92 years of Free School experiences which have always embraced the whole child and embodied personalized learning grounded in freedom and democracy.

Tanji Reed Marshall

December 17, 2013

Personalized learning and educating the whole child is defintely worth the conversations ensuing at the moment.  I do have to wonder how many schools have the infrastructure and “boots on the ground” to make personalized learning more than just the newest educational buzzword.  As my district moves in this direction and technology becomes the way to personalizing learning, I hope we aren’t moving in the direction of students spending their day at school in front of computers and completing what is tantamount to digitized worksheets, because that would be no better than what we’re facing now.  We need balance.  How does the personalized learning movement prepare students for college and the world of work where very little is actually personalized?

Stan Foushee

January 7, 2014

I’m comfortable that “boots on the ground” educators will rise to the creative occasion and problem solve, implement, evaluate and create new approaches. But can we expect the same flexible processes from those who mandate rigid, inflexible, “whole” assessments?

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