What’s Possible With Personalized Learning?

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning’s has published What’s Possible with Personalized Learning?

Consider how the world has changed since you were in school. In what ways does your job or career differ from that of your parents and grandparents? How has technology changed your daily life? What global issues and challenges have surfaced? How has communication changed? What about entertainment? Travel? Health and medicine?

While it is easy to list many of the ways the world has changed in just the last 10 years, most classrooms look and operate exactly like they did 100 years ago. It’s not surprising that many of the problems that have plagued our education system over time—like educational inequality and lack of universal access to highquality educational opportunities—also still exist.

Not all kids have the same access to opportunity. Many high school graduates enter college or the workforce without the skills they need to succeed.

Teachers, leaders, students and families in classrooms and communities across the country are coming together to explore how schools can better meet the needs of students in today’s society. They’re exploring big questions such as:

  • What must students know and do to be able to thrive in the modern world?
  • What learning experiences are necessary to ensure students graduate with these skills and traits?
  • How must schools transform in order to create these new learning experiences?

When schools and districts engage their communities in conversations about these questions, the answers they reach often have much in common. From urban districts to rural schools and from preschools to universities, teachers and leaders are reaching the conclusion that personalized learning is a promising solution. They see the tremendous potential of personalized learning to better educate all students and to better equip them to thrive in college, career and life.

The goal of this report is to inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning and empower them with ways to support the shift to student-centered learning.