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October 18, 2018
Maine went all in on ‘proficiency-based learning’ — then rolled it back. What does that mean for the rest of the country?
The latest developments suggest that Maine may become a cautionary tale rather than the successful proof point advocates had hoped for.
Updated September 4, 2018
What crowdfunding is telling us about the future of Chicago education
Cushioned seating, compost bins, standing desks, even a science kit for forensic investigation — these are some of the things Chicago teachers are…
outside the box
August 14, 2018
How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys
Test scores were rising at Fuller Elementary School when Marilyn McCottrell took over in 2016. Yet troubling trends loomed behind the numbers.
July 12, 2018
I’m a principal who thinks personalized learning shouldn’t be a debate.
This is the first in what we hope will be a tradition of thoughtful opinion pieces—of all viewpoints—published by Chalkbeat Chicago. Have an idea? Send…
April 13, 2018
Don’t just talk about tech: How ‘personalized learning’ advocates are honing their messaging
Don’t call schools outdated and don’t focus on technology. That’s some of the advice advocates of “personalized learning” offer in a recent messaging document .
February 28, 2018
‘Personalized learning’ comes to teacher training, bringing big ambitions and big questions
A well-funded new teacher preparation program, which emphasizes getting teacher to master certain skills, may influence teacher education in the years ahead.
Behind the numbers
January 29, 2018
Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today
A close look at the 1984 study often cited by personalized learning supporters raises questions about its relevance to modern education debates.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
September 12, 2017
What is Betsy DeVos’s ‘rethink school’ initiative all about? Her Wyoming speech offers clues
Her vision is all about parents having lots of options — and for many of those schools to serve one slice of students well, rather than trying to educate all.
schools of the future
May 22, 2017
As ed reformers urge a ‘big bet’ on personalized learning, research points to potential rewards — and risks
Proponents say the push for personalized learning is based on a deep understanding of how kids learn. Others worry it's just the latest fad.
up close and personal
September 14, 2015
Northeast Denver charter puts a new spin on teaching and learning
At a new elementary charter school in Northeast Denver, students follow personalized schedules programmed into iPads they carry with them throughout the school day.
There's no "we" in personalized learning
November 5, 2014
Report: How 23 charter schools have ‘personalized’ learning
A new report from the Gates Foundation says that personalized learning programs may be boosting students' test scores—even as it tries to define what, exactly, personalized learning looks like.
March 22, 2011
Eyeing national expansion, School of One founder leaves Tweed
Joel Rose, founder of the School of One, is leaving the New York City Department of Education The founder of the School of One, one of the city's most touted educational innovations, will expand that model nationally — by leaving the city Department of Education that helped him create it. The founder, Joel Rose, announced his move in an email to colleagues this morning. The School of One is part of a national effort to re-imagine how teaching and learning happen at schools by taking advantage of technology. At the three schools that work with the School of One model in New York City, teachers still lead instruction, but they do so with the aid of a "learning algorithm" that creates a personalized program of study for every student. The idea is to free educators from the more rote elements of school and let them, as Rose put it to us in 2009, "focus on is the hardest part of the equation, which is delivering great lessons." In the first pilot of the program, a summer math program launched in 2009, School of One reported that its students learned significantly faster, citing externally commissioned research. The three schools will continue to operate under the guidance of the Innovation Zone, or iZone, team inside Tweed Courthouse. But with Rose's departure, the national apparatus around School of One — from press attention to large foundation grants — will leave the Department of Education and follow him to a new nonprofit he plans to create. The move raises questions about New York City's capacity to act as an incubator for educational innovation. For one, will programs incubated by the iZone stay in New York City for the long haul? Or will they follow the School of One's path: attracting national attention for a few years and then seeking another home?
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