Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning

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Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning

 
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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 share ownership of their own learning and develop deep, personal connections with their teachers and eachother.

The Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning Institute will empower K-12 leaders and educators across the Commonwealth to create equity-based, inclusive schools, reducing opportunity gaps through personalized learning that leverages blended and digital learning to support and enhance the tailored experience.

This work is a partnership between the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) and Assabet Valley Collaborative (AVC). The program provides time and guidance for your team to develop a shared understanding of personalized and blended learning, and how to implement these practices in their buildings with an intentional and well-planned approach. 

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. 

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.

Integrating 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.

The CES/AVC Institute Approach:

Our model will offer these components, and leaders and teachers are invited to register individually for the relevant fall course. The approach is designed to provide maximum benefit for teams, who will have the opportunity for a shared understanding of the perspectives and practices covered. The curriculum is informed by The Friday Institute's Leadership in Blended Learning program.

  • Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning CourseSchool leaders 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.
  • Educational Equity through Blended and Personalized Learning Teacher 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.
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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: 
cdaigle@collaborative.org