A superintendent of public instruction says schools need to promote personalized learning.
Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instructions, says that she will do that while giving school districts local control.
“Our students are changing so quickly,” she said. “I think our public K-12 system will need to be more accommodating to personalized learning. I think it is going to be very important for our students to be able to learn in their passion areas.”
According to Baesler, personalized learning means that lessons are adjusted so that students can understand subjects by utilizing their interests.
Baesler says that teachers are supportive of personalized learning, because they are open to finding new ways to help children learn.
“I think that’s why we need to let local districts lead,” she said. As long as a community is meeting standards, it can decide how to teach students. “It really doesn’t matter what classroom they are in. It’s about what they are learning and being able to do.”