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Personalized
Learning

How to encourage
broad-based
personalized learning
among English learners
By Lynmara Colón and Rita E. Goss

A

s interest in education technology, innovation, and personalized learning have
increased, some educators find it challenging
to craft meaningful experiences that might help
English learners (ELs) access a rigorous curriculum and increase their language proficiency. While
some schools have strong practices for personalized
learning in place, some still struggle to find a way to
ensure that students have access to a viable curriculum while learning English.
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has
allocated a significant amount of funds to support
schools in this effort. DOE statistics from 2014-15 say
there are more than 4.8 million ELs in the country,
and nearly all (97 percent) participated in a language
instruction education program. But it is not enough
to teach students language basics without focusing on
the deeper learning a personalized experience can
provide. When we provide students with interactive
experiences that address their individual needs and
increase engagement, we can advance learning in
multiple areas during instruction.
Our school division found this truth when we
conducted instructional rounds: Teachers who
experience success with personalized learning
understand and implement the structures necessary
to engage students in the learning process, while
allowing them to take charge of their own learning
through voice, choice, and the use of multisensory
technology tools and strategies. Because we believe
in the power of collaboration among teachers and
students, this isn't a new initiative we are trying to
implement; it is a way to model an organization
designed around shared responsibility.
A New Lens

Personalized learning can be viewed in different
ways. We have visited schools that carve certain
times out of the day for personalized learning
depending on their EL population, while others

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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 - Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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