Oakland Personalized Learning Journey: Reflections on a Year of Piloting

A new report, Oakland Personalized Learning Journey, developed through a collaboration of the Oakland Unified School District, the Rogers Family Foundation, and Inspire Ed consulting, catalogues Oakland’s recent work to pursue personalized learning. Schools in Oakland have pursued many innovative ideas and research-backed approaches over the years and personalized learning is the current strategy schools are embarking on to get to equity for all students. Similar to its blended learning launches, Oakland is launching personalized learning through grant application phases incorporating discovery, piloting, and design. As of July 2016, six schools had been selected by a panel of national education experts and personal learning model leaders to launch personalized learning in 2016. The expectation is that these schools will realize a full scale, sustainable personalized learning model within three years of launch. Teachers at these schools have piloted various personalized learning prototypes and observed increased student interest, and are still identifying which metrics serve as leading and lagging indicators of the model’s impact. In this report, Inspire Ed presents their learnings on Oakland’s personalized learning journey thus far based on interviews with principals, teachers, and external partners involved with the planning and launch process, as well as secondary research.