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Moving to personalized learning with a “culture of we”

Executive Summary

Milpitas Unified School District / Milpitas, CA
Suburban / K-12
Students: 10,200
Staff: 420

A “culture of we”

Guidelines and assessments for personalized learning

Spaces for creative learning

A shift in mindset

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    Key Takeaways

    • District leaders don’t have to pretend they have all of the answers for how to best realize their vision. By creating an environment where teachers, principals, and students feel empowered and supported, effective leaders can achieve more success than if they made all the decisions themselves.
    • Personalized learning relies on educators who feel confident making decisions about what’s best for their students, and who feel supported in these decisions by district leaders.
    • Consistent tools for assessment will help leaders understand where personalized learning is working so that they can champion successes across the district and make any necessary interventions.
    • Flexible spaces and learning tools give teachers freedom to choose how students will learn – and even change that approach from day to day, and student by student.
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    Lessons Learned

    • Each district has “micro-communities” of people who have their own ideas about learning – so culture change has to involve them as well.
    • Districts have to strike a balance between giving schools and teachers autonomy and providing a strategic vision and accountability structures.
    • Learning centers and blended learning tools can’t simply be replacements for traditional classrooms. Train teachers to use the learning centers and new tools in innovative ways, so they gain confidence in adopting personalized learning.