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Educational LeadershipMarch 2017 / Volume 74, Number 6Getting Personalization Right
Let’s Celebrate Personalization: But Not Too FastCarol Ann TomlinsonBefore embarking on an instructional change like personalization, educators need to ask themselves some questions.
The Genius of DesignJohn Spencer Genius Hour projects can bolster student voice and agency, especially if they’re integrated with design thinking principles.
A School Where Learning Is PersonalJim Rickabaugh, Christina Sprader, and James MurrayWhat does a student’s day really look like at a personalized-learning school?
Student Engagement: Key to Personalized LearningLarry FerlazzoFour ways to help students, including English language learners, find the spark to power their own development.
One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All HomeworkCathy VatterottAt one school, an individualized homework experiment creates excitement about learning.
Is Standardization the Answer to Personalization?Paul Emerich FranceStudents are shortchanged when educators see personalization and standardization as antithetical.
Making Projects PersonalMeng Li LusardiHow one teacher revamped a project-based assignment to boost student creativity and agency.
Orchestrating the Move to Student-Driven LearningBena Kallick and Allison ZmudaPersonalization in the classroom need not be an all-or-nothing proposition.
New Faces of Blended Learning Michael B. Horn and Julia Freeland FisherSeeking greater levels of personalization, innovative schools are finding new ways to combine online and face-to-face learning.
A Personalized-Learning Toolbox for TeachersJason Pasatta, Erica Hamilton, and Stephanie DeDoesA district retools teacher professional development with an eye toward supporting personalization.
Personalization vs. How People LearnBenjamin RileyA counterview: Everything you’ve learned about personalized learning is probably wrong.
Five Dispositions for PersonalizationKim CarterDesigning individualized learning experiences entails not just knowing students well, but also being willing to learn from them.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
Perspectives/Personal MattersAnthony Rebora
Research Matters/Personalization and Failing ForwardBryan Goodwin For educators and students alike, personalized learning requires a willingness to stumble.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/A Compass for Self-Directed Learning Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Teachers have to give students the guidance and tools they need to navigate their own paths.
The Techy Teacher/Stations: A Shift That’s Worth ItCatlin Tucker The Station Rotation model, enhanced by technology, can facilitate flexible, customized learning.
Principal Connection/Connecting with Students’ ParentsThomas R. Hoerr Tips from school leaders on forging stronger bonds with students’ parents.
Index to Advertisers
One to Grow On/The Learning CurveCarol Ann Tomlinson Instructional decisions must account for teachers’ varying needs, interests, and points of entry.
Tell Me About . . ./A Personalized-Learning Challenge
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/Personal Insights
How Personal Learning Is Working in VermontPenny Bishop, John Downes, and James NagleA Vermont law requires districts to pursue three “pillars” of personalized learning. A middle school project team shows how it’s done.
Personalization and UDL: A Perfect MatchKathleen McClaskeyThe Universal Design for Learning framework can be instrumental in helping teachers and students create customized learning paths.
A Personalized Approach to EquityBecky Wilusz and Ken TempletonTrue personalized learning facilitates equitable outcomes by promoting success for more students.
EL Study GuideNaomi Thiers
Inservice Guest BloggersJohn Spencer and Patrick Lenzhttp://inservice.ascd.org
Educational LeadershipSeptember 2016 / Volume 74, Number 1Relationships First
What to Do in Week One? Rick Wormeli The first days of school set the learning dynamic for the year ahead.
Correcting Our Connecting Eric Toshalis Are you demanding trust too soon? How do you respond to anger? Questions to ask to make your student outreach more effective.
Unlocking Boys’ Potential Michael C. ReichertHow to help boys want to learn from you.
The Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Susan E. Craig Insights on how trauma influences the brain—and how to reach children suffering from its aftermath.
More Than a Safe Space Michael Sadowski What LGBTQ students seek is what every student deserves: safety and belonging.
Helping Black and Latino Males SucceedRobert Jackson Lessons about pride, insecurity, and the need to be respected.
Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHDLisa Medoff Tips on how to reach kids whose behavior might puzzle you.
Let Care Shine Through Elizabeth Bondy and Elyse HambacherCaring for students is a moral imperative, a way to take steps toward social justice.
The Principal Factor Tim WesterbergFrom being visible to modeling respect, these six principles for principals are central.
Choosing to Be Positive Stephanie M. Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Ann ParteeHow to handle those moments when you must decide: How should I address this behavior?
Classrooms that Put People First John HaywardIdeas to abide by as you continue to get to know your students.
What My Refugee Students Taught Me Sidney Brown Justice was the theme that year; building bridges, the challenge.
Perspectives/How Does Trust Happen?Marge Scherer
Research Matters/“High Touch” Is Crucial for “High Tech” Students Bryan GoodwinThe cyber generation needs more than online-only connections.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/2 x 10 Conversations Doug Fisher and Nancy FreyIn two minutes a day, you can begin a problem-solving process for improving behavior.
The Techy Teacher/Don’t Waste the First WeekCatlin TuckerSome low- and medium-tech ways to break the ice.
Principal Connection/New School Year Resolutions Thomas R. HoerrIf you want to achieve your new initiatives, share your new ideas.
One to Grow On/Fox Taming and TeachingCarol Ann TomlinsonWhat the fox taught the child and vice versa.
EL Takeaways/The 4th R: Relationships
Tokens of ConnectionTheresa Crowley Tools to use one-on-one with students, especially those who may lack trust.
Take a Tip from the CubsJames Fornaciari Help your kids develop a mission, work as a team, and recapture the joy of learning.
Cs for Effective TeachingChristopher EmdinHow building positive relationships and creating an academically challenging classroom go hand in hand.
One Chapter at a TimeCherish R. Skinker Her passion for To Kill a Mockingbird left a lasting impression on her students.
Tell Me About. . .How you connected with a hard-to-reach student.
EL Study GuideKim Greene
EL Interview Baruti Kafele talks about the benefits of the Young Men’s Empowerment Program and how teachers can build relationships with students whose backgrounds differ from their own.
Inservice Guest BloggersMichael Sadowski and Lisa Medoff
Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind. They share the perspectives of educators engaged in this work; highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances; and provide tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.