Personalizing Learning

August 2019
Vol. 40 No. 4

The movement to personalize learning is growing. What does this mean for students and educators, and how is it changing professional learning? This issue tackles how to build educators’ capacity for personalizing to students’ needs and how teachers can benefit from experiencing personalization themselves.


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Authors clarify what personalized learning is - and what it can do

In this issue of The Learning Professional, we embrace the current dialogue about what personalized learning is and can be to meet all students’ needs.

Make the most of the momentum

A review of the current personalized learning landscape illuminates the successes, challenges, and implications for professional learning.

Personalized learning in action

School districts in South Carolina and Ohio have strong visions for personalized teaching and learning that drive every decision.

 What does personalized learning mean?

Five experts share their perspective on what it means to personalize learning for students and what role professional learning should play in these efforts.

What do educators think about personalized learning?

Infographic shows educators’ opinions and beliefs.

 Tech unlocks teachers' capacity

Software is a teaching tool, not a teacher replacement.

 Bridging the gap

A study reveals supports teachers need to move from understanding individualized learning to implementing it.

 Student-led learning takes well-prepared educators

The Met school in Rhode Island is using improvement science to test changes that are small enough to learn from quickly but foundational to potentially larger solutions.

 Students take ownership of learning

A pilot program in 18 Tennessee schools develops agency through competency-based education.

 Want to personalize learning for students?

In Parkway School District in Missouri, leaders overcame bumps in the road to put educators in charge of their learning.

One vision, many paths

Personalized professional learning need not be individualized. Instead, it should blend teacher interests with a collective purpose.

 What teachers need to reach at-risk students

Rodney Robinson, CCSSO teacher of the year, shares his insights and advice about how professional learning can support teachers of at-risk students.

 Micro approach, major impact

With microcredentials, educators can tailor their learning to their specific needs.


 Speak up for professional learning policy

Tell your story to advocate for professional learning.

Through the Lens

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 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Tiered learning for teachers

Job-embedded support maximizes individual effectiveness while strengthening collective efficacy

 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Microcredentials prepare all teachers to work with English learners

ExcEL Leadership Academy’s approach prepares general education teachers to work with English learners.


 Writing instruction study benefits from teachers' insights

Understanding both the specificity and generalizability of studies like this one helps build awareness about the benefits of professional learning.


Recent reports on modernizing the teaching workforce, improving physics teaching, and rethinking “achievement gap” terminology.


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