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Jan 21, 2017

Steve Herbst

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Jan 19, 2017

Katrina Bushko

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Jan 11, 2017

Clifford Hong
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  • Beth Rabbitt, Jan 19, 2017

    This is something we've looked at pretty closely in our Blended and Personalized Practices work. I particularly like Root's approach, where they collect data on social and emotional skills alongside academic growth scores, and provide really actionable reports back to parents that shows progress as well as shows goals for the future and outlines key areas parents can work on at home. Definitely recommend you check it out!  http://practices.learningaccelerator.org/strategies/mastery-based-reporting

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Jan 11, 2017

Clifford Hong
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  • Denis Zaff, Jan 20, 2017

    Clifford, many of our instructors who use www.rukuku.com to deliver classes or tutoring to the homeschooled students, use our Homework tool for that. It works well for small groups.

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Jan 10, 2017

Sherre Vernon
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  • Kenneth Grover, Jan 12, 2017

    There are many technology tools available to support personalized and blending learning.  Our school uses multiple technology tools to support our personalized pedagogy.  In working for over 10 years in this space, I have not found a single source to meet every need.

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Jan 10, 2017

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  • Kenneth Grover, Jan 11, 2017

    School transformation must be undertaken with great passion in what we all believe about student learning.  Transformation, not change, allows the beliefs about student learning to be followed by shifts in instructional practices, adjustments in school structures, and the inclusion of the tools to support the shift.

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  • Clifford Maxwell, Jan 18, 2017

    One practice that has proven successful not just in schools but across industries when seeking to transform yourself is to start somewhere where the risk is low and the current alternative is "nothing". For example, perhaps there are students in your school who have to go without an elective because it's not offered. Start offering that online, and figure out what works best for scheduling, outcomes, monitoring growth, etc. Then take lessons from that pilot and see if you can start to incorporate them into your core courses. This discovery-driven planning process will be critical to figure out what is and isn't working as quickly as possible. 

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Jan 9, 2017

Sherre Vernon
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Jan 8, 2017

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Jan 8, 2017

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  • Kenneth Grover, Jan 13, 2017

    Focus on the core belief about student learning and then incorporate multiple instructional practices as needed to support personalized learning.

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  • Kevin Wenzel, Jan 14, 2017In a more formal way, we provided our district's teacher evaluation team(s) with a set of blended learning look-fors for each of our instructional practice standards they observe. This allowed for teachers to try innovative practices in blended learning, while still grounding their instruction in existing evaluative frameworks. Read more...
  • Thomas Arnett, Jan 15, 2017

    From my experience, the key is to focus on best instructional practices and then determine from there which aspects of personalized learning will help in implementing those practices.

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Jan 7, 2017

Bailey Thomson
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  • Kenneth Grover, Jan 13, 2017

    Our parents have the ability to see student progress on a daily basis and that has increased not only our parent awareness of their student, but also a request to blend more subjects more often.

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  • Beth Rabbitt, Jan 19, 2017

    At CICS West Belden, the teachers bring parents in really early as they develop individualized learning plans. They flip conferences, having parents provide input to plans (asking questions rather than reporting out), share google docs with project plans, etc. This engagement really helps to set up investment from the start.

    http://practices.learningaccelerator.org/strategies/families-as-learning-partners

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