Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning

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Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning

 
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The Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning Institute is being created in a partnership between the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) and Assabet Valley Collaborative (AVC), and will empower K-12 educators across the Commonwealth to create equity-based, inclusive schools, reducing opportunity gaps through technology-enhanced personalized learning. The model for this program provides time and guidance for your team to develop a shared understanding of blended and personalized learning and how your team will implement these practices in their buildings. Teachers will gain the skills and understanding necessary to help better support students to integrate their learning across modalities, rather than direct their efforts to externally produced online offerings. And for many districts moving toward a 1:1 program or investment in educational technology, this training will support an intentional and well-planned approach that leverages technology.

Announcing the First Cohort

District leaders from Western and Central Massachusetts have expressed interest in professional development and continued support on the topic of personalized learning that is supported by blended and digital learning supports.

As a result, we are introducing the first delivery of the Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning Institute leader and teacher courses; and inviting districts that may be interested in joining our first cohort to contact us with their interest.

Why Personalized Learning?

In today’s world, students need to be prepared to enter into a diverse democracy, to lead their own learning, to engage their imagination, and to innovate and create. We’ve created an institute to support administrators and teachers to create environments that enable this kind of learning.

Personalized learning seeks to accelerate student learning by tailoring the instructional environment – what, when, how and where students learn – to address the individual needs, skills and interests of each student.

Students take ownership of their own learning and develop deep, personal connections with their teachers, each other, and other adults.

Technology can be a powerful tool to support personalized face-to-face interactions with teachers, and implement personalized learning effectively, affordably, and at significant scale. Teachers can leverage the best use of their technology to gain detailed and timely knowledge of their students, guide instruction, and focus their time more on creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

The CES/AVC Model

Our model will offer these components:

  • Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning CourseSchool leaders in this course will engage in a blended learning experience, through which they will deepen their understanding of personalized learning concepts and develop a roadmap for implementing these practices in their school.
  • Teacher Professional Development CourseParticipants will learn about the critical design and implementation steps to launch a blended practice in the classroom with a focus on identifying instructional experiences, both traditional and technology-enhanced to meet the specific needs of each student.
  • In District Support: For those interested, we offer one-on-one, individualized coaching for leaders who will be supporting: the implementation of these personalized learning practices, youth involvement and digital citizenship, implementation of personalized learning platforms, inclusive practices, and more.
  • An Equity and Opportunity Lens: Research indicates that the opportunity gap has widened with the influx of technology, and unconscious bias has played an active role. Participants will develop understanding and skills that can reduce unconscious bias toward narrowing the opportunity gap. Blended and personalized learning practices, developed through an equity lens, can increase opportunities for all learners, including those that have been historically disadvantaged.
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Course facilitators have been certified by The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

 

If you are interested in the Institute and would like to learn more, please contact:

Casey Daigle-Matos
Position: 
Digital Learning Manager
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5928
Email: 
cdaiglematos@collaborative.org
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Position: 
Director of Instruction and Technology, Assabet Valley Collaborative
Email: 
skyriazis@avcollaborative.org