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Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success

ISBN: 978-1-119-08077-0
144 pages
March 2016, Jossey-Bass
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"A passionate call-to-action, an inspiring vision, and a practical guide…three seasoned education leaders in the 'establishment' lay out a compelling case for systemic changes to enable personalized education."
—Yong Zhao, PhD, Professor, University of Oregon; author of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World

"Creating school environments where students are 'leading their own learning' is a powerful focus of Personalizing 21st Century Education. This compelling yet practical book provides readers with the foundation and motivation to move personalized learning to the top of the agenda!"
—Mark Edwards, EdD, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District

"Personalizing 21st Century Education highlights the need to move from differentiation to personalization in today's classrooms. Equitable opportunities to learn can be realized if we have the courage to dramatically reimagine teaching, assessment, and accountability. This book is a call to action for the dramatic paradigm shift we need in order to serve all learners well."
—Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Chief Technology, Personalization and Engagement Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

Preface: The Imperative for Transformation xi

1 A Vision for Personalized Learning 1

2 Personalizing the System, Not Just the Classroom 13

3 The Shifting Demographic Landscape: Personalizing Schools in Transition 35

4 The Road Less Traveled: Toward a Personalized Curriculum 51

5 Teaching and Learning in a Personalized School Environment 67

6 Making Assessment Meaningful in 21st Century School Systems 81

7 The Tech Revolution: Realizing Technology’s True Potential 93

8 Transforming the System, Not Just the School 103

Epilogue: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Personalization 117

References 123

Appendix: Accessing the Bonus Web Content 125

Index 127

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Author Information

DAN DOMENECH, PHD, is Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

MORTON SHERMAN, EDD, is Associate Executive Director of AASA.

JOHN L. BROWN, PHD, is Executive Director of Curriculum Design and Instructional Services for the Alexandria, Virginia, Public Schools.

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Press Release

March 02, 2016
Wiley Announces Personalizing 21st Century Education

Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success (Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley; Available March 2016; ISBN: 978-1-119-08077-0; $29.95, Paper) begins with a manifesto for change, emphasizing the significance of true personalization for every learner. Next, it describes classroom, school, and system-level performance indicators that suggest that personalization is alive and well. The authors examine the historical origins of most modern school cultures—i.e., a commitment to standardization, depersonalization, and test-driven metrics that ignore the complexity and totality of the whole child. Throughout Personalizing 21st Century Education are success stories showcasing schools and districts that are currently “beating the odds” and providing a truly personalized learning environment for their students.

In Personalizing 21st Century Education, the authors outline key components of a personalized learning system, including:

  • state-of-the-art curriculum
  • balanced and authentic assessment
  • integrated and student-focused technology
  • rigorous and engaging instruction
  • personalized approaches to learning
  • addressing the needs of diverse student populations, including English Language Learners, special needs students, socio-economically disadvantaged, and transient/highly mobile learners
  • effective and sustained social and psychological services
  • active parent and community involvement
  • creative and productive cross-institutional partnerships

For leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders, Personalizing 21st Century Education presents a vision for an individualized educational system that transcends current factory models and prepares students to be competitive in tomorrow’s global economy.

Personalizing 21st Century Education is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com/buy/9781119080770

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