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The Symposium is an invitation-only working meeting of education leaders brought together by a common vision and purpose. To make most efficient use of limited face-to-face meeting time, we ask attendees in the weeks before to share and review resources, participate in online community discussion, and respond with your views and experiences.


For starters, please answer these two questions through one or more of the options below - LinkedIn, Twitter or Blog:



Get to know your fellow attendees by joining the LinkedIn "Symposium on Personalized Learning" Group, which is only available to attendees (including speakers). Once you join the group, you will be able to view the profiles of and communciate with other conference registrants, and we will invite discussions on key topics of interest.

Twitter: Please share your views and news by tweeting using hashtag #perLearn

Blog: Follow and contribute to the Personalized Learning blog


See below for key resources. If you would like to share resources -- papers, articles, videos, etc. -- please contact Mark Schneiderman with the resource title, URL and a 1 sentence description.

A New Day for Learning
Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force (2007, January). A New Day for Learning. C.S. Mott Foundation. This report serves as a catalyst for discussion around how our current school day does not meet the needs of students, outlines the elements of a new learning system, and highlights examples from across the country that are implementing the elements discussed.

Advanced Personalized Learning
National Academy of Engineering. Advanced Personalized Learning.Washington, DC. This brief article outlines why personalization is important and the role engineering can play in truly customizing learning.

Association for High School Innovation (ASHI):ASHI Network Distinguishers
Association for High School Innovation (ASHI): ASHI Network Distinguishers. This page outlines the five distinguishing factors for ASHI schools. See especially (1) Authentic Learning, Teaching and Performance Assessment, and (2) Personalized School Culture.

Building Our 21st Century Learning Community
Jon Madian (July 2010).  This three-part paper by a leading thinker in pesonalized learning makes the case for education redesign around personalized learning and provides a ground breaking research agenda.  Includes two scenarios describing both a day in the life of a student in a 21st century learning community built around a personalized pedagogy, and illustrating how the role of the teacher changes as she applies a personalized pedagogy and uses ICT in her classroom and in her enriched professional life. Finally, the paper summarizes key community, design and technical principles, elements, and processes to evolve public education into the information age and describes a Learning Genome Project.

Changing Systems to Personalized Learning
Clarke, J. (2003). Changing Systems to Personalized Learning.The Education Alliance at Brown University: Providence. This report outlines why personalization is essential for the engagement and achievement of high school students, how to personalize learning for high school students, and the importance of school change teams to implement high school reform.

FutureMinds: Transforming American School Systems
Dr. Francis Duffy and Dr. Charles Reigeluth provide professional direction, guidance, and follow-up support to help SEAs transform educational systems from Industrial-Age beliefs and practices to a much needed paradigm of learner-centered instruction today. 

FrameWorks Institute: Education Issues
This site provides research and reports from the FrameWorks Institute’s multi-year investigation of American thinking about education in general and education reform. Reports include Framing Education Reform: A Frameworks Message Memo which is a summary analysis on how Americans think about education reform and Preparing America for the 21st Century: Values that Work in Promoting Education Reform Efforts which explores the extent to which alternative values elevate public support for education reforms.

From an Education Pipeline to Cycles of Learning: Is the Tipping Point for Education in Sight?

Freedman, G. (2009, July). From an Education Pipeline to Cycles of Learning: Is the Tipping Point for Education in Sight? Summary from the "Pipeline Matters Council: Improving K20 Student Progression. "The Blackboard Institute. This summary of the proceedings from the Pipeline Matters Council focuses on "moving toward individualized instruction; serving students rather than adults in the bureaucracy; using assessment to allow more learning options; and flexibility in how learning content, location, and time constitutes the learning experience."

How Information Technology Can Enable 21st Century Schools
Kolderie, T., McDonald, T. (2009, July). How information technology can enable 21st century schools.The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation: Washington, DC.  This report illustrates the potential for IT to help create innovative schools and outlines practical and policy implications and requirements needed to drive innovation in schools.

Optimising Learning: Implications of Learning Sciences Research
OECD/CERI (Eds.) Focus in learning: Searching for alternatives (2007). In this chapter, Keith Sawyer, Associate Professor of education, psychology, and business at Washington University, St. Louis, introduces the field of learning sciences, outlines some of its key findings in recent years, and explains that while the standard model of schooling was designed to prepare students for the industrial age, the global shift to the knowledge economy will require the rethinking of schooling in order to accommodate evolving needs. 

Partnership for Next Generation of Learning
Council of Chief State School Officers (June 2010).  See also Transforming Education: Delivering on Our Promise to Every Child; Next Generation Learning, p.9-18. (March 2009)

A Time for Renovation
Commonwealth Magazine, Spring 2010. In this article,  Nicholas Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, discusses the Foundation’s new focus on student-centered learning and the need to update K-12 education in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Transforming Public Education: A Regional Call to Action
Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) #1 (2010, March). The CESA member districts developed this document which outlines the differences among current and transformative practices, focusing specifically on customization as a key element for change.

The RISC Approach to Schooling
Reinventing Schools Coalition (RISC).The RISC Approach to Schooling.  This site outlines the key elements implemented by RISC, including a transparent curriculum, flexibility, student ownership, and high standards.


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