A plan for statewide personalized learning for K-12 in Rhode Island is gaining support. The initiative will support a variety of methods which meet the unique needs of each student.
According to Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta, the $2 million public-private effort is focused on establishing a common vision across the state for personalized learning. This includes supporting and expanding models already in Rhode Island schools, and furthering research to guide implementation. Culatta is the former director of the office of educational technology at the federal education department.
The next step for personalized learning in Rhode Island is to help traditional schools to evolve existing models, rather than create new ones.
“What we’re really interested in is the people who can’t blow up the whole system,” Culatta said. “What does personalized learning look like in schools that don’t have new buildings, where there’s no waivers out of state regulations, and where there are union teachers?”