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Issue 43: May 2018

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

"Personalized learning" is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they've implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Some use online programs or software to give students access to content at their individual level, allowing them to move through lessons at their own pace. Others have combined grade levels to best meet the needs of students.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching in a Mastery Learning Environment

An interview with the co-founder of Mastery Collaborative

Jeremy Chan-Kraushar believes in creating a learning culture that helps students develop positive identities as learners and the power of competency-based learning to do just that.

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Case Study: Distinctive Schools Leads Personalized Learning for English Language Learners in Illinois and Minnesota

by Natalie Truong

Each case study in this blog series is considered promising in that they incorporate many of the core principles for next generation learning to support ELL student success. All case studies are examples of programs taking a longer view and a more holistic approach to student outcomes over time - defining the goal as helping students to achieve at high levels over the course of their schooling - in addition to becoming English-proficient.

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Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action

Answering Questions About Competency-Based Education Transcripts

A transcript from a personalized, competency-based system looks different - but that difference has potential. It reflects not only what a student truly knows, but also makes learning transparent to all stakeholders, including families and future college admissions officers. 

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