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What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?
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It Takes a Village to Personalize Learning in Maine and in Oz

It Takes a Village to Personalize Learning in Maine and in Oz | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Virgel Hammonds shares the story of RSU2's engagement of the community to establish a highly personalized learning ecosystem just like OZ.
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When you move to a personalized learning ecosystem, you are not in Oz anymore!


Virgel Hammond, former Superintendent of RSU 2 in Maine, shares the journey his community took to establish "a learning ecosystem that embraced learner voice and choice". He describes the process this took and how "children to the senior town spokesmen" were invited "to discuss how all RSU2 community members could support each child in meeting their desired personal and professional goals."


Be amazed by the journey this community took to create this highly personalized learning ecosystem in Maine. 

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Learner-centered Education in Maine: "Unpacking the standards"

Learner-Centered education is happening at Williams Elementary School, Oakland, Maine! 


"I think the energy and the excitement they have about the choice in their learning is motivational to them. They can see what the standards are, but then they understand that they have an element of choice in how they're going to demonstrate their learning."

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Valerie Glueck and Shelley Moody, 4th grade teachers at at Williams Elementary School in Oakland, Maine explain how they unpack the standards with their learners and how learners monitor their own progress. Here is pointed comment that tells a story about how these learners have ownership to their learning:


"But it's so neat when after a couple of days of unpacking the learning targets, we say, "Ok, so what are we working on?" And hands go up, "Oh, I know exactly what we're working on. We're adding and subtracting fractions with like demoninators today, Mrs. Glueck." "Yes, that's great. And how are you going to show me that you're proficient"?" and, generally, they can articulate that."


Thank you Valerie and Shelley for sharing your learner-centered experiences!

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Personalized Learning, Maine Style

Personalized Learning, Maine Style | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Putting learners at the center and in charge of their own learning is the focus of this article from Educational Leadership. Maine recently passed legislation requiring that beginning in 2018, high school diplomas must be awarded on the basis of learner proficiency. No longer will "seat time" be a passport to graduation.

 

Under the new legislation, schools must offer learners multiple pathways and opportunities to demonstrate learning proficiency, including teacher-designed or learner-designed assessments, portfolios, performances, exhibitions, projects, and community service. To reach this goal, all Maine school districts will need to explore personalized learning.

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