This Time It's Personal

Published by the Journal, this article takes a new look at personalized learning, defining it as "a student-centered teaching and learning model that acknowledges and accommodates the range of abilities, prior experiences, needs, and interests of each student--with the goal of moving every student to a higher standard of achievement." Jennifer Demski, a freelance writer from Brooklyn describes it as an approach that includes both differentiation and individualization, but is also flexible in content or theme to match the specific interests and prior experiences of learners. Illustrating with examples, she presents an interesting case for why this might be the time for truly student-centered school reform, maximizing the student's interests, abilities, learning styles and experiences to provide a diverse educational experience to help prepare them "for their future, not our past."