Trend 6 (Personalization)

“Let’s get personal”

Standards and high-stakes tests will fuel
A demand for personalization in an education system increasingly committed to lifelong human development.

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With regard to our Trend of Personalization, what should today's educational leaders consider when forecasting and planning for the future of learning in the year 2020?
  • Students will insist on understanding why what they are learning will be useful to them? Students personal interest will drive their learning not there a standardized curriculum.
  • Education is shifting from learning a finite body of knowledge to creatively using a infinite body of knowledge to solve problems of interest to them in their lives.
  • We should continue to emphasize the Vision of the Graduate. The Vision calls for students to "pursue their unique interests, passions and curiosities" by "generating inovative, creative ideas and products." Standardization does not promote innovation.
  • We should continue to support our current initiatives, e.g. RTI, data teams, ALP, SPED, ESL, IB schools, secondary school elective course offerings and TEPL (differentiated instruction) and work on developing more of this kind.
  • We should think about changes in assessment. Standardized assessment is inadequate to go beyond measuring student mastery of core knowledge and skills. We need to devise a method for measuring success in terms of the Vision of the Graduate.
  • We should delete:graduation requirements based on Carnegie Units and state tests as the only criteria for success; add: intensive staff development to assist staff in making the transition from information delivery to inquiry based instruction; and include measures of personalization as criteria for transition/graduation at each level.