New Generation Learning: Personalization

The second in our New Generation Learning series focuses on personalization. Where last time we drew attention to schools that had made innovative leaps in assessment protocols, today we look at schools that are taking the design of personalized learning pathways seriously. Our yard stick in this endeavor is once again selected grant recipients of the New Generation Learning Challenges program.

Vista Unified is a public charter high school in San Diego, California serving primarily lower- to middle-income families with a heavy Latino base. In 2013, Vista Unified’s acting superintendent interviewed more than 2,000 middle- and high-school students about their school experiences. He then put their raw responses into a software program, and was astounded to find that the most frequently mentioned word was “irrelevant.”

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