At the end of May, Independent School magazine published an article by my colleague Joanne Mamenta and me about our work at One Schoolhouse to transform our pedagogy to personalized learning. As you know, I've been writing about this topic in our newsletter and in my blog all year -- it is our commitment to honor the understanding that every student learns differently.
What is different about the Independent School article, it is the first time that we have publicly shared the journey that our faculty went on in order to move to personalized learning. Increasingly, there is a groundswell of support for personalized, competency based teaching and learning in independent schools (look at the quick success of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, of which One Schoolhouse is a part). And yet, the "how" -- how do you move? -- is a key sticking point. It is our hope that the journey that One Schoolhouse faculty went on (themselves great teachers at independent schools) can be instructive.
In addition to the article, we've developed discussion questions for educators to consider after they read the article, as a starting point for thinking about personalized learning at the department, division, or whole school level. We hope that these are helpful:
Brad Rathgeber, Head of School & CEO