Personalized Learning Momentum Growing in Salt Lake City


 AASA Summit Day 2


The momentum generated by Kentucky Superintendent Roger Cook’s discussion about his six spokes of personalized learning Monday evening continued throughout Day No. 2 of the AASA Superintendents PersonalizedLearning Cohort and Certification Program.

School system leaders began the day by boarding a bus to Weber Innovation High School in nearby Ogden to witness personalized learning in action.

“Pubic education is one of the hallmarks of America,” said Reid Newey, Innovation assistant superintendent. “Everything we’ve done in this country is due to a great education system. However, times have changed and things need to become more personalized because of the world we live in.”

“I really like the idea of students being able to progress at their own pace, to select their own courses and take as many college courses as they want,” said Karen Gaborik, superintendent, Fairbanks (Alaska) North Star Borough School District. “The whole individualized approach is the important piece.”

“The tour has been a wonderful opportunity for us to see an example of personalized learning in operation,” said Jeff Dillon, superintendent of the Wilder School District in Wilder, Idaho.

The tour included school system leaders having opportunities to hold conversations with students and parents, discuss project-based learning with teachers as well as getting to see project-based learning in action.

“It’s been a wealth of information,” added Dillon, “that I can bring back to my district.”

Later in the day, Dillon joined superintendents Jeff Thake (Amboy Community School District, Ill.) and Gail Pletnick (Dysart Unified School District, Ariz.) in the afternoon’s “Ignite Sessions” where each speaker had five minutes to discuss the personalized learning underway in their respective districts.

Thake attended AASA’s Personalized Summit last October in Park City, Utah, and “has not been able to stop thinking about it since.” He added, “You cannot be afraid to take risks. There’s a greater price to pay if you don’t take risks. You have to be very transparent and involved as many voices as possible.”

The Summit concluded Wednesday, May 11.

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