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Personalized
Learning

Rural and remote schools are implementing
technology in personalized learning
to meet student needs
By Kathryn Kennedy

R

ural and remote schools and districts often have a hard
time incorporating personalized learning, according
to "Digital Learning Strategies for Rural America," a
report from Evergreen Education Group and the Foundation
for Blended and Online Learning. They face challenges that
differ from those of their urban and suburban counterparts,
including declining enrollments, high populations of disadvantaged students, transportation costs, lack of computer and
internet access, low teacher pay, and high teacher turnover.
Many rural schools lack the resources to provide advanced
courses in math and science, challenging electives, and world
language courses, the report further notes. So, how can
rural schools and districts implement personalized learning
in meaningful ways despite such obstacles? By completely
rethinking education and how it's delivered. As EDUCAUSE's
Andy Calkins says, "True personalized learning calls for a
'rethinking and redesign' of schools, which could require
[educators] to overhaul classroom structures and schedules,
curricula, and the instructional approaches of teachers."
Differing Definitions

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According to the U.S. Department of Education's 2016 National
Education Technology Plan, personalized learning "refers to
instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional
approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Learning
objectives, instructional approaches, and instructional content
all may vary based on learner needs."
But personalized learning often has one meaning at the
course level and another meaning at the student level. At the
course level, teachers must think intentionally about technology
solutions that satisfy content-specific needs of students and help
them progress. At the student level, teachers must work individually with students to design a personalized learning path and
rely on assessment results to communicate where the student is
currently, and what they need in order to progress.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Snapshots
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Principal - September/October 2019 - 5 Things
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Getting to Why
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Principal - September/October 2019 - A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Models of Voice and Choice
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Principal - September/October 2019 - When Rural Gets Personal
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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Principal - September/October 2019 - New Sensation
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Language of Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Early Career
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