A pilot program of personalized learning allows students to own their progress, and take pride in their achievements.
“They’ve come a long way and they really take pride and ownership over their learning and what they’ve accomplished,” said Kendra Salvador, principal at the William R. Peck Full Service Community School in Holyoke.
This is the second year of Holyoke Public School’s state receivership. About 90 sixth and seventh graders at Peck have been selected for the Personalized Pathways Program, otherwise known as P3. The students focus on independent learning, rather than the traditional classroom group.
Student progress is tracked by a powerful computer platform programmed by Facebook. Tom Pandiscio is program director at Peck and project manager at SchoolWorks, which supports the implementation of the P3 program. If they use Summit Schools Basecamp, the Personalized Learning Platform and curriculum are free.
“…Make that feel a part of what they do every day and reward them with a lot of praise, and a lot of encouragement, and in some cases, a lot of ‘you need to get this done now’ – what we call accountability,” said Pandiscio.