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Interested in Customized Learning? Take a Look at These Books

October 22, 2011

Are all your students learning well, getting good grades, scoring well on tests?

Ours aren’t either.

I think that’s the case with a lot of schools. I think that’s why 9 districts have formed the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning (MCCL) and why Maine’s Education Commissioner Bowen is so actively pursuing customized learning.

So if you want to read more about customized learning, what might you read? Take a look at these three books. All three focus on different approaches to and aspects of customizing learning. They all share the idea that we can customize learning by starting with learning targets and then students collaborating with their teachers to master those targets in interesting and meaningful ways.

 

Book: Delivering on the Promise

The 9 Maine districts who have become members of MCCL are exploring the Reinventing Schools Coalition (RISC) model. Delivering on the Promise by Rich DeLorenzo and team, provides a nice 30,000 foot view of how the approach was developed in one Alaskan school district, and of the components of the approach.

 

 

 

 

Inevitable, by Bea McGarvey and Chuck Schwann, both makes the case for mass customized learning, but also lays out a vision of what it might look like and how we might do it. My district has had members of the visioning committee (made up of educators and community members) and the entire administrative team read this book, as well as having made copies of the book available to community members. Commission Bowen had all his department heads read this book, and now asks each department how they are moving in that direction.

 

 

Book: Passion for Learning

Another approach to customized learning is student-designed standards-based projects. The Minnesota New Country School is given much credit for developing this model, and their work has been recognized by the US Department of Education, and others. Ron Newell has captured this work and makes clear the student-designed project approach in Passion for Learning.

 

 

It’s Your Turn
What are your favorite readings about customized learning?
Have you read any of these books? What were your favorite parts?
What are your thoughts about how the ideas in the books might come to life in your school?

Need High Quality Student Centered Learning? You Need MLEI!

May 18, 2011

Dear middle level colleagues,

Here’s a comment from Commissioner Bowen about his experience at MLEI. “In my time at the Middle School in Camden, I attended two MLEI sessions and found them to be a great opportunity to do what educators seldom have time to do, which is to reflect on our instructional practice and to really do the kind of thinking and planning we all need to do to be effective. It was always a great experience and one I hope to get back to one day!”

MLEI models engaged learning for all!

Registrations are now open for the Middle Level Education Institute. We are very excited about this year’s program as we have added several components to the already excellent offerings. In addition to the well established cutting edge middle level focus there will be top notch expertise relating to RTI (both academic and behaviorial), Standards Based Education (student centered, outcomes based, proficiency based learning), and safe schools (digital citizenship, bullying, and cyberbullying). And of course, these are in addition to any school or classroom based initiatives you would bring to the Institute.

Since the Institute will be held from August 1-4, we will be accepting registrations right up to the end of June. To register, contact Mikaela Ziobro at campusevents@thomas.edu. You can also call her at 859-1211. For online information go to http://mleimaine.net. If you have any questions about the program, putting a school team together, creating a plan, or arranging for graduate credits contact Jill Spencer (jillspencer51@gmail.com) or Chris Toy (christoy.net@gmail.com).

We believe MLEI can be a key to moving your school’s vision forward!

Best-

Jill Spencer
Chris Toy

Co-Directors
Middle Level Education Institute


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