In order to work towards transforming our curriculum and classrooms into our vision for what education should look like for students while explicitly addressing the issue of differentiation, we created a new model of learning for our school. The model is based on a personalized learning theory of action, interdisciplinary and problem based learning.
Our biggest challenge was procuring resources to personalize instruction. We chose resources that were associated with an assessment and continue to search out the best resources.
Start implementing teacher practices, expectations and curriculum development prior to fully implementing technology so teachers have a foundation to work with. Then work with teachers who show readiness for using technology after taking school led professional development.
John C. Haines Elementary School is a public school in Chicago with technology magnet cluster status that serves nearly 700 students in grades PK-8. Haines provides a student-centered learning environment that emphasizes reading, math, science, technology, shared leadership, and ongoing professional development. The school uses emerging technologies and innovative practices to provide both traditional and nontraditional education opportunities to students. Haines was the recipient of the 'Breakthrough Schools: Chicago Planning Grant' for Fall 2014; the school used these funds to implement blended learning in order to personalize each student's education and give students more opportunities to take ownership of their own learning.
Contact: Ginger Lumpkin
John C. Haines Elementary School
247 W 23rd Pl
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