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Issue 39: January 2018

Examine Personalized Learning through a book talk on The End of Average: Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us Different, hosted by Kamm Solutions
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In our pursuit to personalize learning in our schools, it is helpful to examine the paths we have traveled that have taken us away from a focus on the individual.  Todd Rose's book, The End of Average, provides insights on where we have been and leads to a stimulating dialogue about where we need to go to build future-focused schools that harness individual talents and inspire individual development. In such a system, students are leaders of their own learning, educators are activators of learning, and schools and districts are committed to continuous growth.

For more information on the February 16, 2018 Book Talk, email There are a limited number of spots available.

How Schools Develop Student Agency

Through the tenets of agency, we help students see effort and practice in a new light and associate both as growth paths and, ultimately, success. We can provide students with the skills to rebound from setbacks and build confidence as they welcome new challenges. Instilling the principles of agency helps students find personal relevance in their work and motivates them to participate actively, build relationships and understand how they impact themselves and their communities.  - New Tech Network.

by Tom Vander Ark

Visit Getting Smart for the complete article.

Exploring Design Thinking in the Classroom
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'Design thinking' refers to the collection of practices and mindsets that enables creative, collaborative problem-solving across domains. The term was popularized within design consultancy and has since demonstrated value across a variety of organizations and contexts, including the classroom. Design thinking differs from previous problem-solving approaches in its prioritization of the user experience and its reliance on continuous feedback and iteration.

by: Brandon Pousley

Read the complete article on the Harvard University blog.

Personalized Learning Driver Model
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The Driver Model is Denver Public Schools' framework for Personalized Learning (PL), a major initiative to ensure equity for all learners. The primary drivers guide the educators and learners to develop a new type of learning experience for all learners that maximizes opportunities for learner control and achievement. It represents our current understanding about how PL can be implemented within a public school by describing teacher and learner actions along a progressive continuum, from teacher-driven to learner-driven.

Read and download the document on Imaginarium.

Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators
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Experience provides the best learning...even when it's not your own. That's the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Each audio snippet covering one of the partners from the NGLC Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools feels casual and engaging -- just as if we were chatting over coffee.

By Sarah Luchs

Visit EdSurge for the complete article.