Personalized Learning: What’s your WHY?
Imagine that a member of your learning community asked you why you wanted to implement personalized learning. Do you know your why? Let’s examine our beliefs and navigate through our understandings of personalized learning.
About Laura Hilger
Laura Hilger has spent her entire educational career reflecting about how we can teach and learn better together. Continuous learning is real for us all and when we embrace that journey, learning communities flourish. Currently a KnowledgeWorks senior coach for teaching and learning, Laura’s vision is to help activate personalized learning across the country so that every learner can thrive in life. Since 1999, Laura has worked in a variety of roles for personalized learning and competency-based education systems. She is driven by those who are asking the right questions and have the courage to go beyond their comfort zone so that systemic change is the result.
About Tracy Horodyski
Having opportunities to inquire, collaborate, reflect, and be vulnerable has shaped Tracy's roles as elementary teacher, reading interventionist, instructional coach, consultant for Lake Michigan Writing Project, and 2016-2017 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She has been discovering what it means to BE a learner, HOW to learn, and is intentional about putting herself in her learners' shoes in order to meet them where they are. She believes our identity as learners and leaders shapes our own learning and our ability to influence. It is a gift to be a teacher...to serve others by helping them realize their own gifts and how to use those for the greater good.
A National Perspective on Innovation for Equity through Personalized Learning and Competency Education
Today’s education innovators achieve equity and excellence by focusing their resources in ways that educate each and every student to the highest, world-class standards and provide the supports to ensure that success is the only option. Personalizing learning is increasingly prominent in discussions on the future of education. Hammonds will share strategies and stories of successful implementation of learning communities and states who have systemically aligned their learning ecosystems to support each child and the educators who serve them.
About Virgel Hammonds
Virgel Hammonds is a former superintendent (Regional School Unit Two (Central Maine)) and high school principal (Lindsay, CA). Now, Virgel is serving the competency-education, personalized learning world in his new role as Chief Learning Officer for KnowledgeWorks. He collaborates with thought leaders throughout the country to support the design of learning models that lift each child, educator, and community.