The model of personalized learning came as our students have struggled to keep pace with each other. We desired that students could work independently on their learning based on their needs having a voice and choice in their education.
We have had many challenges and as it has been a journey there are still challenges to face. One of these has been changing the mindset that students, parents, and teachers had of a traditional school. Implementing changes to refer to teachers as mentors and classrooms as studios has helped change the idea of the purpose of our school. Our mindset is one that empowers students to take ownership of their learning and use iPads as tools to enhance their learning.
Build the ability of students to lead and take charge of their learning through goals that have a meaningful purpose for the student.
In creating a mastery based ecosystem at the school and using data to drive the goals that students themselves would create to reach mastery or competency of a skill or concept I have lead this process throughout and gained support of staff, parents, and community in transitioning to this new idea.
Along the way I realized that if we were making learning personalized and mastery based for students why not do the same for teachers. I have implemented this concept into the professional development of each week for teachers to guide their learning and set goals that are shared and that give each other support in meeting their needs as well as being accountable and responsible for improvements in the classroom or studio for students.
Wilder Elementary is a public school in rural Idaho serving a community of 1, 700 people. The school serves 250 students with a strong agricultural background and providing students the opportunity to improve their education as a means to break the cycle of poverty within their community.
With a high percentage of poverty in the area meals are provided to students free of charge. Learners are provided with the best help and empowerment in their educational years as they face daunting challenges in daily life and will need support to move forward to reach their goals of further education after high school.
Contact: John Carlisle
Contact Title: Principal
210 A Avenue