The first day that teachers reported to school for professional development, they got to decide which media center station they wanted to attend first, which was a lesson in personalized learning for teachers in itself.
At Central Valley Academy, teachers entered the media center, and decided which station they would attend first – direct instruction, collaborative or independent.
By deciding where they wanted to get started, the teachers had one of their first lessons in personalized learning, said Debora Van Slyke, director of curriculum and instruction for the Central Valley Central School District.
“It’s set up like it would be in a [personalized learning] classroom,” said Debora Van Slyke, director of curriculum and instruction for the Central Valley Central School District.
Personalized learning has been gradually incorporated in the district. The official launch of personalized learning programs took place in February at Barringer Road Elementary School and Harry M. Fisher Elementary School.
There are four goals of personalized learning. They are data driven decisions, targeted instruction, integrated digital content and student reflection and ownership.