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May 31, 2019
A lot of iPads, little research: Inside the movement to build the classroom of the future
Even as Chicago Schools is investing $135 million into assembling curriculum for all grades and subjects, another initiative in teaching and learning is taking root.
February 21, 2019
This personalized learning program was supposed to boost math scores. It didn’t, new study finds
A program that Bill Gates once called “the future of math” didn’t improve state test scores at schools that adopted it, according to a new study.
where's the research
January 17, 2019
Summit Learning declined to be studied, then cited collaboration with Harvard researchers anyway
Summit Learning, a personalized learning system, touts a partnership with Harvard researchers even though Summit actually turned down their proposal to study the model.
boom and backlash
December 19, 2018
Could the forces that fought the Common Core bring down personalized learning?
Major funders and the federal education department are promoting the idea. Teachers are wary. Parents are perplexed. Criticism is coming from both the political left…
working toward proficiency
October 18, 2018
Maine went all in on ‘proficiency-based learning’ — then rolled it back. What does that mean for the rest of the country?
The latest developments suggest that Maine may become a cautionary tale rather than the successful proof point advocates had hoped for.
Updated September 4, 2018
What crowdfunding is telling us about the future of Chicago education
Cushioned seating, compost bins, standing desks, even a science kit for forensic investigation — these are some of the things Chicago teachers are…
outside the box
August 14, 2018
How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys
Test scores were rising at Fuller Elementary School when Marilyn McCottrell took over in 2016. Yet troubling trends loomed behind the numbers.
July 12, 2018
I’m a principal who thinks personalized learning shouldn’t be a debate.
This is the first in what we hope will be a tradition of thoughtful opinion pieces—of all viewpoints—published by Chalkbeat Chicago. Have an idea? Send…
April 13, 2018
Don’t just talk about tech: How ‘personalized learning’ advocates are honing their messaging
Don’t call schools outdated and don’t focus on technology. That’s some of the advice advocates of “personalized learning” offer in a recent messaging document .
February 28, 2018
‘Personalized learning’ comes to teacher training, bringing big ambitions and big questions
A well-funded new teacher preparation program, which emphasizes getting teacher to master certain skills, may influence teacher education in the years ahead.
Behind the numbers
January 29, 2018
Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today
A close look at the 1984 study often cited by personalized learning supporters raises questions about its relevance to modern education debates.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
September 12, 2017
What is Betsy DeVos’s ‘rethink school’ initiative all about? Her Wyoming speech offers clues
Her vision is all about parents having lots of options — and for many of those schools to serve one slice of students well, rather than trying to educate all.
schools of the future
May 22, 2017
As ed reformers urge a ‘big bet’ on personalized learning, research points to potential rewards — and risks
Proponents say the push for personalized learning is based on a deep understanding of how kids learn. Others worry it's just the latest fad.
up close and personal
September 14, 2015
Northeast Denver charter puts a new spin on teaching and learning
At a new elementary charter school in Northeast Denver, students follow personalized schedules programmed into iPads they carry with them throughout the school day.
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