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Strategy: Personalized Educator Learning

Modeling for teachers to help them implement for students

Overview

In 2014-2015, West Belden offered four different tracks that educators could choose (ex. Mastery-based learning) and provided in-depth professional development for each of those tracks. While this allowed for greater choice, West Belden wanted to offer greater personalization based on school and individual need. In 2015-2016, they identified the highest need areas for professional development and created two cycles of professional development: one focused on Learner Profiles, and the other emphasizing Personalized Learning Plans.

During the first cycle, educators were able to set their own goals within the larger content topic (ex. Mastery exhibition within Learner Profiles), and are even encouraged to seek out their own learning resources. From there, they create action step goals that are more specific and time dependent, which will be reviewed by an administrator or mentor for feedback. During the second cycle, educators are grouped by readiness, which is determined by growth from the first cycle. Continual feedback from administrators, mentors, and other teachers is provided throughout.

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Teacher Roles and Responsibilities

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Student Grouping

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Student Grouping

Flexible Grouping

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Learning Modes

Targeted Large Group Instruction

While most instruction is delivered in small groups or one-to-one, West Belden...

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Photo of teacher explaining concept to a group of students
Teacher Roles and Responsibilities

Collaborative Teaching

Photo of students of multiple ages working together in one classroom
Student Grouping

Multi-Age Classrooms

Photo of creative classroom with flexible groups of students
Student Grouping

Flexible Grouping