How Does iLEAD Personalize Learning?
What is “personalized learning”? The term refers to a variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches and academic support strategies intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. Personalized learning may also be called student-centered learning, since the general goal is to make individual learning needs the primary consideration when making important decisions about education and instruction, rather than focusing on what teachers and schools might prefer due to convenience or logistics.
We asked iLEAD team members what personalized learning means to them. Here are some of their responses:
“I think the Individualized Learning Plan, where the learner is in charge of their own growth and goals, is one of the ways iLEAD honors the learner’s uniqueness. We also give each learner voice and choice in projects.”
— Margaret Wassner, New Facilitator Support & Development, iLEAD Schools Development, DBA Maker Learning Network
“Personalized learning shows where each learner is academically, emotionally and socially at their own level. Personalized learning creates for our learners a level without being pressured or putting them in a comparison mind-set with others.”
— John Hill, Leadership, iLEAD Antelope Valley
“Facilitators, learners and their guardians come together to create Individual Learning Plans. They set goals and review goals a few times a year, or when needed. Facilitators use testing data to create small-group instruction and teach to their individual needs. A lot of collaboration is required.”
— Zenaida Morales, 3rd Grade Facilitator, iLEAD Lancaster
“Each project is a personal expression of the learner in content, method of presentation, and tone.”
— Laureen Agee, Facilitator, iLEAD Online
“Learning at iLEAD is personalized in each classroom. As an all-inclusive environment, learners with various academic and social-emotional levels can occupy one classroom as a unit. This allows and ensures that all learners are exposed to and have access to their grade-level material with the personalized support required in accordance with their needs and accommodations.”
— Elizabeth Gill, 6th Grade Math Facilitator, iLEAD Lancaster
“We literally sit down with each learner to help them create goals for learning and social-emotional growth. In my job, I provide college counseling. The personal attention to details and the lives of our learners makes our program unique.”
— Kris Nilsen, Academic/College/Career Counselor, SCVi
“Our way of providing personalized learning, while building partnerships among a learner, parent, facilitator or staff member, team lead and the executive team, allows us to set goals, define strengths and what could use nurturing, and allows us a clear pathway to success.
— Kristan Van Houten, Outreach & Communications Manager, iLEAD Schools Development, DBA Maker Learning Network