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Learning Independence Continuum: Ownership

Learning Independence Continuum: Ownership | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

This is the fourth in a five part series on the Learning Independence Continuum produced by the Institute @ CESA #1.

 

"Ownership implies that learners have a sense of control over their learning and often leads them to view learning as something that cannot be taken from them. Ownership of learning transfers responsibility for success from educators and other adults to the learner. As a result, learners tend to place greater value on and take greater pride in their learning.

 

A growing sense of ownership often leads learners to shift from a compliance orientation to commitment. The question in their minds moves from “How much must I do?” to “What do I need to do in order to learn this content?” While the traditional model of schooling depends heavily on compliance, unleashing a sense of ownership for learning can dramatically improve learner performance, even within the legacy education system.

 

Unsurprisingly, one of the key methods to building ownership for learning is a strategy also employed to build motivation, engagement, and efficacy. This approach offers learners choice and control related to their learning in areas valued by the learner."

 

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Learning Independence Continuum: Efficacy

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The Insititute @ CESA #1 introduced the Learning Independence Continuum a couple of weeks ago. Efficacy is the third element in the continuum and in this blog they focus on importance of efficacy to help learners realize that they own their learning.

 

"Efficacy is the belief that one is capable of producing a result, meeting a challenge or accomplishing a task. For students, efficacy or self-efficacy is the belief that they can succeed and learn. Too often our students already come to us thinking “I’m not good at math” or “I can’t do this.” Our challenge it is to engage students in ways that help them to examine and change their thinking and build the confidence and strategies necessary to change their perspective and their approach.

 

Helping learners to see that effort, persistence, strategy, and good use of resources can increase their learning in ways that they control can make a key difference in the level of effort learners will give. This approach can also build learner willingness to persist and identify and try alternative approaches.

 

Learners with strong self-efficacy understand the connection between their efforts and actions and the learning results they experience. This understanding can build ownership for learning – they are more likely to understand that the success they achieve is theirs (ownership). Efficacy is a precursor and naturally builds into learners’ realization that they own their learning."

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Four Year Plan to Build a Sustainable PLE for RTT-D | Personalize Learning

Four Year Plan to Build a Sustainable PLE for RTT-D | Personalize Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

The RTT-D competition allows for building a sustainable Personalized Learning System over a four year period. We know it takes at least four years to make real change. Personalizing learning can incorporate many of your existing initiatives or a redesign of a combination of what you are doing. In some cases, it will be a complete redesign.

 

This takes a process, a common language that everyone understands, a shared vision that involves all stakeholders, and an action plan detailing the steps to transform teaching and learning. We designed a four year plan that supports teaching and leading in the application. We work closely with your leadership team to integrate our services across the four year plan.

 

If all stakeholders in the community create a sustainable shared vision of personalized learning that encourages creativity and engagement with learners who take responsibility for their learning, then the implementation of the vision and plan over a four year period will work for every learner so they are college- and career-ready.

 

Let us support you in building a sustainable Personalized Learning Environment (PLE)!

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Personalized Learning Elements | Institute @ CESA #1

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The Institute @ CESA #1 recently published an update of their Honeycomb Model title "Personalized Learning Elements" along with a matrix which compares legacy and personalized practices for each of the elements.

 

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CEM Blog Series: Racing to the Top to Personalize Learning, Th-Aug 30th @ 1PM ET

CEM Blog Series: Racing to the Top to Personalize Learning, Th-Aug 30th @ 1PM ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Join us Thursday, August 30th @ 1 PM ET to discuss the RTT-D competition and what the Absolute Priority of creating personalized learning enviroments would mean for you as a teacher, an administrator, a school, or a district.

 

The RTT-D competition is for LEAs that have the leadership and vision to move beyond the one-size-fits all models, are concerned about inequity for their diverse student population, and are looking at student-focused approaches. Technology levels the playing field for learners, yet just putting technology in the hands of teachers and learners isn’t enough. To be college- and career-ready and to raise the achievement gap across all groups of learners, learners need to know how they learn best and teachers need to understand how their roles will change.

 

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Learning Continuum: Motivation

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The Insititute @ CESA #1 introduced the Learning Independence Continuum a couple of weeks ago.  Motivation is the first element in the continuum and in this blog they focus on intrinsic motivation.

 

"The best way to stimulate intrinsic motivation is to design learning activities that are interesting, valuable and purposeful to students.

 

How do you do that?

 

First, you must know your learner. A learner profile may help develop this understanding. Tapping intrinsic motivating factors requires insight from the perspective of the learner.

 

Providing feedback on short-term goals and providing autonomy and learner choice are also strategies that have been shown to be successful in motivating students intrinsically.

 

Our next post will show how intrinsically motivated students will move along the continuum and become engaged students once they put that motivation into action."

 

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This post talks about the importance to know your students before being able to motivate them!

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CEM Blog Series - The Missing Piece: The Learner, Aug 23rd @1 ET

CEM Blog Series - The Missing Piece: The Learner, Aug 23rd @1 ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Join us on Thursday, August 23rd at 1PM ET in Session 3 of Personalize Learning Blog Series when we discuss The Missing Piece: The Learner.

 

For over a decade, the conversations have been about leaving no child behind with teachers analyzing data to develop better instructional strategies. This resulted in teachers teaching to the test which actually may have only slightly increased test scores yet decreased motivation and engagement.


What is the missing piece in these conversations? The Learner

 

Join us today in this important discussion about The Learner and how we can drive the conversation about transforming education with The Learner at the center.  Here are some questions to consider:

 

> Who are the learners today?
> How do learners learn best?
> How do we meet the needs of all learners in the classroom every day?
> What is the new role of the teacher?
> How is the role of the learner changing?

 

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Transform Learning by Making Learning Personal - Learning 2.0, Aug 21 @ 3 PM ET

Transform Learning by Making Learning Personal - Learning 2.0, Aug 21 @ 3 PM ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Join us at the Learning 2.0 Conference on Tuesday at 3PM ET and discover the steps to transform your learning environment to make it personal for you and your learners.

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CEM Blog Series: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments

CEM Blog Series:  Stages of Personalized Learning Environments | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Join us on Thursday, August 16th at 1PM ET in Session 2 of Personalize Learning Blog Series when we discuss the Stages of Personalized Learning Environments.

 

The Stages of Personalized Learning Environments outlines the elements of the three stages of PLE's. In attempting to transform teaching and learning to personalized learning, consider where you are currently and envision which stage you can see feasible for your school, district or community. Participate in this blog to discuss the stages and where you may be currently and where you would like to go.

 

We came up with these questions to consider before embarking on your journey to personalize learning:


> Why do you want to personalize learning for your learners?

> What problems or needs have you identified in your school, organization and/or community?

> What data can you show that demonstrates the need to personalize learning?

> What does teaching and learning look like now?

> What are stakeholders beliefs about learning and change?

> Why is it critical for your organization and/or community to change now?

> What challenges or obstacles do you envision as you move to personalizing learning?

> What do you envision for your personalize learning environment?

 

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CEM Forum: It’s Personal – Personalized Learning for Students and Educators

CEM Forum: It’s Personal – Personalized Learning for Students and Educators | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

CEM Forum: It’s Personal

"Personalized learning can feel obviously necessary and impossibly hard to do simultaneously. In this forum, we'll explore paths forward towards personalized learning for both students and educators.

 

Key Questions

> Right Now: What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?

 

>The Big Picture: How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?"

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CEM Kickoff Archive: It’s Personal–Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers

CEM Kickoff Archive: It’s Personal–Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Do not miss the archived event of the CEM Forum Kickoff from August 2nd that featured Mimo Ito, Barbara Bray, Steve Norrmark and Sylvia Martinez on the topic of Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers.  The questions that were covered in this forum included:  

 

> What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?

> How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?

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Personalize Learning in CEM Kickoff Events - August 2nd Panels

Personalize Learning in CEM Kickoff Events - August 2nd Panels | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Personalize Learning is participating in two panels on August 2nd for the Connected Educator Kickoff.  Kathleen McClaskey is a part of a panel at 1 PM EDT titled "Connected Education and Serving Every Student, From Gifted to Special Needs.

 

Barbara Bray is part of a panel at 3 PM EDT titled "It's Personal:  Personalized Learning for Students and Educators".

 

Don't miss the four-part blog series on Personalizing Learning starting Th, Aug 9th at 1 PM EDT that will run each Th at the same time in August!

 

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David Truss: Personalization and Responsibility

David Truss: Personalization and Responsibility | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

David Truss ponts out that personalization is about the learner taking responsibility for their learning.  He includes that educators are also learners and substitutes "educators" in a paragraph in our report where we explain the chart on "Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization".

 

"Going back to Bray & McClaskey, have a look at the last sentence I quoted above, only switch ‘learners’ to ‘educators’: “When [educators] reflect on their own learning and must communicate it to others, they are intensifying their understanding about a topic, their learning strengths, and the areas in which they need to develop further.”

 

We need to personalize the learning for our educators and our students… seeing both first and foremost as learners. We can’t cookie-cutter our professional development to teachers and expect meaningful results. We can’t evaluate students based on tests with easily Googleable answers. We can develop a sense of learner responsibility by personalizing learning, making it meaningful and making it work that matters.

 

Finally, if we decide to look at educators and students as learners first, then we also need to recognize the responsibility that comes with being a learner. So much of what I read about now is about things ‘we need to do’ to support the learner. But be they educators or students, learners need first to understand the importance of their own role in learning. Personalization isn’t just about catering to a learner, it is also about learner autonomy and thus learner responsibility."

 

Thank you David in making the connections and in sharing your Manifesto!

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Jim Rickabaugh: "Getting Learning Right the First Time, Every Time"

Do not miss this all important keynote presentation by Jim Rickabaugh who discusses the importance in creating an educational system that "Gets Learning Right the First Time, Every Time".

 

This keynote was given by Jim from the second general session of the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit held in Salt Lake City. Jim Rickabaugh is the Interim Executive Director, CESA#1, Wisconsin.

 

Thank you Jim for your continued commitment to personalizing learning where every learner owns their learning!

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suanne rampou's comment, December 26, 2012 4:27 AM
Jim, you have given a constructive and a solution to the crisis in our current education system. We are currently battling to improve performance and motivation of our learners with our current methodologies. Your presentation indeed needs to be explored and internalised by our current system. We are really battling to get results from our learners especially in maths and sciences. Well done. I will read more on how I can duplicate your achievements to our current education system in South Africa.
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Personalize Learning Newsletter: Blueprint for PLE, Pre-Assessment and More!

Personalize Learning Newsletter: Blueprint for PLE, Pre-Assessment and More! | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

We are getting many requests on how to build sustainable Personalized Learning Environments that we thought we better share with you what we are sharing with others: our blueprint, a pre-assessment for those districts and schools who are wondering if they are ready to personalize learning, a webinar from ISTE, CUE sessions, an infographic around personalizing learning, and more.

 

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Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation

Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:


> What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?

> How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?

> How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?

> What is Assessment AS Learning?

> Can personalization help close the achievement gap?

> Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?

 

These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese.

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Learning Continuum: Engagement | Institute @ CESA #1

Learning Continuum: Engagement | Institute @ CESA #1 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

This is the second blog entry on Engagement from the white paper, The Learning Independence Continuum, published recently by the Institute @ CESA #1.

 

"Engagement is motivation in action.

 

Engaged learners are curious, committed and learn for a purpose. Learners who are engaged better retain what they learn, exhibit fewer behavior problems, and are more willing to participate in learning activities. There isn’t much need to build the argument for why we should strive to engage learners.

 

One of the ways to engage learners is to design tasks that are challenging – at the leading edge of the learner’s current ability. Learners who are constantly facing debilitating frustration and failure find it difficult to believe that they are actually able to be successful. Conversely, when learners are able to undertake these challenging tasks and accomplish them (because it is personalized and calibrated to their specific needs and readiness for learning) – they will begin to believe they can succeed with effort, good strategies and the correct resources.

 

This connection leads them toward the next element in the continuum: self-efficacy."

 

 

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The Connected Learner in a PLE

The Connected Learner in a PLE | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

We are all learners. We are connected to each other and innovative learning experiences that we never thought were possible before. It doesn't matter how old you are, where you live, and what you want to learn, you can connect to people, resources, and courses so you, the learner, can learn what you want when you want to. This means what we call "school" is different. Teachers and learners are different. Roles change. This is a huge culture shift.

 

The information from our chart Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization chart is about being a Connected Learner in a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).

 

> starts with the learner

> connects with interests, passions, and aspirations

> learners actively participate in the design of their learning

> learners have a voice and choice on what they learn

> different objectives for each learner

> learner selects appropriate technology and resources to support their learning

> learners build a network of peers, teachers, and others to guide and support their learning

> competency-based models where the learner demonstrates mastery

> assessment AS learning

> teachers develop capacity to create independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning

 

Discover more about connected learning in this engaging blog!

 

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Aprendientes conectados a través de entornos personales de aprendizaje...

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Let Them Own the Learning!

Let Them Own the Learning! | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Josh Griffith, the principal of Collins-Maxwell MS/HS in Iowa, is passionate about personalized learning and creating a system that will support the needs of ever learner.  Here is excerpt from his blog "Let Them Own the Learning".

 

"How do you learn best? What are your interests? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What motivates you? How fast of a learner are you?

 

Are your answers to these questions the same as everyone else you know? My point is, we are all very different. So, if we are all this different, why are we forcing students to learn the same way and at the same pace? I know that I learn best when I take ownership in my learning, by having choice in what, how, when, and how long it takes me to learn. Do you? I have been thinking a lot about what an education system would look like that personalized learning for every child – a system where students become learners who are actively seeking knowledge instead of receiving it. I would like to create a school where the learners are presented with every standard, benchmark, and/or competency they will have to demonstrate mastery of. After they are presented with these, learners are given the freedom to piece them together however they like and begin learning them in what ever order they like. They may choose to learn from a teacher in a traditional classroom setting, on-line, through a work-study in the community, or by doing some kind of project. There could be other ways that I haven’t thought of yet that students might come up with at a later time.

 

In order for a system like the one I envision to be successful, teachers will need to give up some control and become facilitators of learning, and students will need to take more ownership and become learners. We all learn best with the right motivations. Most of us are intrinsically motivated to do more and learn more when we have some choice in the process. Let’s release some control and let the students own their learning!"

 

Thank you Josh for your passion and your vision in personalizing learning for your learners!

 

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Personalize Learning - A Student Voice: Freedom to Choose a Learning Path

Personalize Learning - A Student Voice: Freedom to Choose a Learning Path | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Personalized learning has been discussed, analyzed and debated among educators from every perspective. In most cases, we agree that student voice and choice is a key ingredient in creating personalized learning environments. Last spring, a senior from Kettle Moraine School District was invited to be a guest blogger on The Institute @ CESA #1 blog to share her thoughts about personalized learning. Gillian Locke, a senior at KM Global Charter School, shared her perspective on the advantages she had in participating in a personalized learning environment and in owning her learning. 

 

Here is just one excerpt from this insightful blog:

 

"Unlike most seniors in high school, I have the freedom to choose what I want to do when I wake up each morning. I am not limited to an 8 hour bell schedule like my peers, nor does my learning stop when I drive off the high school parking lot at 2:30 pm."

 

Thank you Gillian for giving a student voice to personalized learning.

 

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The Stages of the Learning Independence Continuum

The Stages of the Learning Independence Continuum | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

The Institute @ CESA #1 is introducing the stages of the Learning Independence Continuum in their blog following the release of the white paper, The Learning Independence Continuum.  In their first post they provide an overview with the remaining posts focusing on one of the stages of the continuum.

 

> Motivation

> Engagement

> Self-efficacy

> Ownership

> Independence

 

"In personalized learning environments, learning activities will fall all along this continuum – at times it’s more important for the educator to drive the work, at others, the learner will take the driver’s seat. However, in order for this to happen, all of the characteristics along the continuum should be developed and nurtured in each learner."

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Angie Tarasoff's comment, August 20, 2012 8:34 PM
I wonder if there isn't another stage here - or maybe it's not on the continuum at all, but somewhere else: interdependence.

I'm starting to think we don't typically learn anything independently - but through interactions with other people, or the knowledge someone else has created.
Barbara Bray's comment, August 20, 2012 11:27 PM
Angie - Yes! You are right - interdependence. How to collaborate and work in teams. There is a large push to create independent learners and expert learners. Now you have me thinking.
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Ready to Transform Teaching and Learning? FREE Assessment and Report

Ready to Transform Teaching and Learning? FREE Assessment and Report | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
How do you know if your school or district is ready to personalize learning?

 

We created a pre-assessment that administrators can take to determine their schools' readiness to transform teaching and learning. For a limited time, we are offering our pre-assessment for FREE along with a FREE report and a FREE 30 minute virtual consultation. Contact us to sign up. Why are we doing this?


Because we believe in teachers and how they make a difference, understand how learners learn, want to make change happen and can provide direction to schools and districts that want to prepare every learner for their future so they are college or career-ready.

 

Take 15 minutes to discover if your school or district is ready to personalize learning!

 

The informative and personalized report that we create for you will present your results in a visual format that you can use to determine your next steps. We look forward to talking to you about your journey toward personalizing learning.

 

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CEM Personalize Learning Blog Series

CEM Personalize Learning Blog Series | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Join us in a blog discussion on Personalize Learning on August 9th starting at 1 PM ET.  Go to the link below and share your thoughts on the questions we have outlined or bring your own! 

 

The terms personalization, differentiation and individualization have been used to define personalized learning. The terms keep getting interchanged so we put together this chart about the terms: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2012/05/personalization-vs-differentiation-vs.html ; and see the need to move to "Personal" learning so it is clear that it is about the learner. The learners need to be the hardest working people in the classroom; not the teacher. The teacher and learner roles change.

Questions to discuss:

> What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?

> How do you see teachers' roles changing?

> Where are you in the process of personalizing learning?

> Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning? Please share.

 

Come join us in the conversation each Thursday through the month of August at 1 PM on Personalize Learning!

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Personalization: Assessment AS Learning

Personalization: Assessment AS Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Assessment AS learning (Personalization) is based in research about how learning happens, and is characterized by learners reflecting on their own learning and making adjustments so that they achieve deeper understanding. The teacher’s role in promoting the development of independent learners through assessment as learning is to:


> model and teach the skills of self-assessment

> guide learners in setting goals, and monitoring their progress toward them

> provide exemplars and models of good practice and quality work that reflect curriculum outcomes

> work with learners to develop clear criteria of good practice

> guide learners in developing internal feedback or self-monitoring mechanisms to validate and question their own thinking, and to become comfortable with the ambiguity and uncertainty that is inevitable in learning anything new

> provide regular and challenging opportunities to practice, so that learners can become confident, competent self-assessors

> monitor learners’ metacognitive processes as well as their learning, and provide descriptive feedback

> create an environment where it is safe for learners to take chances and where support is readily available

 

Reporting in assessment AS learning is the responsibility of learners, who must learn to articulate and defend the nature and quality of their learning. When learners reflect on their own learning and must communicate it to others, they are intensifying their understanding about a topic, their own learning strengths, and the areas in which they need to develop further.

 

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Personalize Learning Newsletter - July 2012

Personalize Learning Newsletter - July 2012 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Enjoy the latest Personalize Learning Newsletter that features

 

> The Missing Piece: The Learner

> Our interview with Thought Leader Jim Rickabaugh, Executive Director of The Institute of CESA #1

> Race to the Top - District Competition that focuses on Personalized Learning Environments

> Connected Educator Month (#ce12)

 

Please share this newsletter with colleagues everywhere!

 

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