The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is moving towards personalized learning as the school year starts. They are working in conjunction with Education Elements, a personalized education consulting group to implement the early stages of a new educational approach.
“We are very excited to work with Education Elements as a part of our strong investment in our staff,” said Superintendent Sean Dusek on the district’s website. “We are poised to make significant progress in personalizing the educational experience for all of our students and this professional development will help us fulfill our long term goals in this endeavor.”
Prior to the start of school, teachers and administrators held meetings with the Education Elements team to focus on personalized learning for their professional development. They found out that it is essential to start out having an understanding of what personalized learning is.
“We want to design our classrooms around the needs of students, so that all students can be successful,” said Ecucation Elements Associat Partner Scott Johns. “Not just a few classrooms that meet in the middle, we want schools and classrooms that meet the needs of every student.”
There are four core elements - the integration of digital content, targeted instruction, data-driven decisions and student reflection and ownership.