What is Personalized Learning? - CS Alliance

What is Personalized Learning?

By focusing on the quality of their education and the common good, educators can help all understand that “we belong to one human family”. ~Pope Francis

About Personalized Learning

One of the innovative ways that The Academy is expanding on the benefits of a Catholic education is integrating personalized learning into our curriculum. Research shows that this teaching model can lead to huge growth achievements for students.

In the typical classroom, about one-third of students do not understand the information being delivered and thus fall behind their peers.

A personalized model of instruction calls for all students to be treated as individuals. Rather than a “one size fits all” approach, content is delivered in a format and at a pace that works best for each child. The teacher regularly engages students in small-group and individual activities to stimulate learning.

Students, meanwhile, are involved in setting goals and in planning a roadmap to meet their goals. Children must also “demonstrate effective collaboration” through “group projects and learning experiences,” according to K-12 education website Edutopia.1

With the adoption of personalized learning, The Academy will meet all students where they are on the academic spectrum — and ensure no one is left behind.

How It Works

Technology plays a key role in personalized learning. Students regularly take part in online/computer instruction at home and/or in the classroom, which helps them learn at their own pace.

Throughout the school year, student performance is tracked via a computer-based data system. The teacher can access this data to measure student progress and make adjustments in learning formats to help each child master the content.

The Academy has partnered with Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Academy to offer our faculty professional development on incorporating personalized learning into their instruction.

Benefits of Personalized Learning

According to Education Elements' Annual Statistical Report on Personalized Learning 2018
83%

83% percent of school leaders see an increase in student engagement.

90%

90% of teachers feel more effective

95%

95% of district leaders see their teachers innovate more

MCAS+

Students showed an 18-point increase in math proficiency and a 17-point improvement in English language arts proficiency

*SOURCE: Education Elements Annual Statistical Report on Personalized Learning 2018, Kendra deYoung.