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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.
In this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, host Sean Slade, director of ASCD's Whole Child Programs, speaks one-on-one with professor and author Yong Zhao. Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker whose work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published more than 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education and currently serves as the presidential chair and associate dean for Global Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also Weinman professor of technology and professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.
How can personalizing learning help each student to be independent, aware, and empathetic problem-solvers who not only live in, but thrive in, an ever-changing, globally-connected world?