A Look at Personalized Learning Pathways in New England

The New England Secondary School Consortium has released a brief entitled “What are Personalized Learning Pathways?” as part of their “Leadership in Action” series.  The brief offers an overview of personalized learning, including key components, such as:
  • Giving students agency to design their own education and learn at their own pace
  • Encouraging learning opportunities outside of the classroom
  • Integrating personalized components into traditional academic classes
The Consortium,  a group of five states that fosters innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across the New England region, also offers an extended look at personalized learning pathways in a longer brief that contrasts personalized learning systems with traditional high school education systems. It presents a framework for what a personalized learning system might look like and offers a summary of the approaches to personalized learning pathways in Consortium states (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). Where available, the brief provides links to programs in these states so that interested readers can learn from successful practitioners. The full “Leadership in Action” series, which provides bi-monthly briefs on high school-related policies and innovation in consortium states, can be accessed here.    Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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