Great Learning, Great Teaching at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

personalized learning cohort fall 17 1Superintendents from across the country who are champions of the personalized learning movement are meeting in Charlotte, N.C. as part of AASA’s Personalized Learning Summit, hosted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“Your work is deeply appreciated and celebrated here at CMS,” said Clayton M. Wilcox, superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, in a recorded message to the cohort. “Personalized learning at CMS has created a fundamental shift in how we deliver instruction. It’s about innovation and growth.  We’ve embraced a philosophy of meeting our students where they are, building on their strengths and inspiring them to be the best they can be. Our team is working hard each day to give our teachers and students a deeper sense of confidence and effectiveness.

personalized learning cohort fall 17 2CMS is home to more than 146,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 170​ schools throughout the cities and towns of Mecklenburg County. The school district is proud of its diverse mix of students who represent 160 different countries and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. CMS offers an extensive range of magnet programs in 37 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interest and ability in specific areas.

“We are on a journey just as your are to totally transform our educational system in this country so we stay relevant for our learners,” said Valerie Truesdale, associate superintendent, personalization and school partnerships, CMS. “The most important thing that we focus on here is our great teaching. The key to great learning is great teaching.”

personalized learning cohort fall 17 3CMS offers an extensive range of magnet programs in 37 of its schools to nurture the talents of students who have interest and ability in specific areas.

“In our school district that’s in a progressive city … we were asked to transform our schools into personalized 21st century learning environments for every learner to graduate college ready. That’s goal No.1 of our strategic plan,” added Truesdale.

Today, the personalized learning cohort will visit Smithfield Elementary and Hawk Ridge Elementary Schools before returning to the SpringHill Suites Charlotte Uptown Hotel to continue meeting on this very important topic.

AASA is grateful to Education Elements and Modern Teacher for supporting the fall meeting.

For more information about AASA’s Personalized Learning program, visit the AASA website, or contact Mort Sherman at msherman@aasa.org.



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