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Under the Hood of Personalized Learning: A New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Explains

From The Hechinger Report

Published December 1, 2016

By Kim Carter

The demand for making the learning experience responsive to every student’s individual learning needs is accelerating.

Personalization is a growing focus for policy development, technology applications and educational marketing.

The idea itself is not new. Benjamin Bloom understood the value of personalization in 1967, when his research showed over 90 percent of all students could learn at high levels when provided with instruction that effectively met their particular learning needs.

Theodore and Nancy Sizer also understood the value of knowing students well, incorporating that tenet in their Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles.

Today’s education and cognitive scientists affirm that every learner has a dynamic profile of strengths and challenges that impacts their learning journey.

Since its inception in 2002, Making Community Connections Charter School (MC2) has been committed to personalizing learning.

Providing the conditions that enable all individuals to become empowered with the knowledge and skills to use their voices effectively and with integrity in co-creating our public global world, MC2 intentionally focuses on students’ gifts and abilities, leveraging learners’ strengths while providing multiple strategies for addressing challenges.

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