Personalized learning for the next generation was on display recently in Colorado when a national group of education professionals visited classrooms where students are in charge of their learning during the Next Generation Learning tour.
Last month, over 30 teachers and education professionals and partners toured Martinez and Trailblazer elementary schools in Colorado Springs. They discovered how Next Generation Learning in Colorado is working and how personalized learning is accomplished in a variety of schools.
“The compelling thing about the story in Colorado is how far the schools have come – they are traditional public schools that are doing redesign work, changing the old paradigm to innovative practices, within the confines of the current system,” said Paul Beck, manager of Next Generation Learning at CEI. “Equity is at the heart of the work – students are receiving what they need when they need it, and students are in charge of directing their learning.”
One of the fifth graders they encountered confirmed that point. He told visitors that he likes school because he chooses how to learn and at what pace. According to Beck, these choices along with the advantage of students knowing themselves better, leads students on a path to deeper learning.