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Learn more about ideas, approaches, and lessons learned across blended and personalized practices and schools.

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IgnitED Research: A special series connecting learning science and instructional practice.

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Leadership That Moves You Forward: Innovation, Vision, and Planning

To help understand how district and building-level administrators can successfully manage the change process when leading personalized learning initiatives, the Institute for Teaching and Leading (i4tl) conducted research looking at which actions by...

Prior Knowledge - Mental Hooks for Learning: IgnitED Research Insight

In this installment of IgnitED Research, a series that aims to build stronger connections between learning science and instructional practice, we look at prior knowledge and its uses in maximizing learning.

Learner-Led Classroom Management: IgnitED Research Insight

In this installment of IgnitED Research, a series that aims to build stronger connections between learning science and instructional practice, we look at classroom management and how to empower students to co-create and drive management processes.

Retrieval Practice - Power Tools for Instruction: IgnitED Research Insight

This installment of our series connecting learning science and instructional practice focuses on how retrieving information helps students learn.

Not All Feedback is Created Equal: IgnitED Research Insight

This installment of our series connecting learning science and instructional practice focuses on the evidence base about feedback, and how this evidence can be applied in your classroom.

The Myth of Learning Styles: IgnitED Research Insight

This first installment of our series connecting learning science and instructional practice focuses on the evidence base which shows learning styles do not exist, and how this evidence can be applied in your classroom.

Virtual Comparison Groups: Understanding What Worked, How, and Why

This Insight investigates the use of NWEA report data alongside a virtual comparison group to produce actionable insights when implementing blended learning.

Storytelling Built to Engage Community Stakeholders

Most schools and districts have a specific communications strategy built-in to their yearly calendar; however, many of these schools and districts need to work on the storytelling they use in order to leverage communication strategies more...

Measurement in Action: Using existing data and staff to measure personalized learning

We engaged in two researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) with Distinctive Schools, and Leadership Public Schools over one school year to help them determine how best to scale their personalized learning initiatives. Here are the lessons we...

Teachers Guild and TLA want to know: How do YOU personalize learning in your classroom?

Teachers Guild and The Learning Accelerator are joining forces for a personalized learning collaboration. As a kickoff, we asked educators to submit their favorite lessons or activities that they already use to personalize learning in their...

The "Why" and "How" of Mastery-Based Progression

As more and more educators across the country are moving towards blended learning, they are struggling with a very challenging question: how exactly do I make mastery-based progression happen in my classroom?

Learning Science and Personalization

Using how your students learn to drive your practices and personalize for students through self-reflection, empowering your learners, and allowing for multiple paths to mastery.

Creating Culture that Drives Personalization

Creating a classroom culture that personalizes learning for students is facilitated by teaching key skills and mindsets that students need to navigate their education.

Innovative Approaches to Mastery-Based Grading

Springpoint's paper, Inside Mastery Based High Schools: Profiles and Conversations, includes several innovative approaches to the challenge of mastery-based grading.

What Student Choice and Agency Actually Look Like

Snapshots from six schools using blended learning to put students in control. (Originally published in eSchoolNews on November 14, 2016)

Navigating Management Challenges

Find out how Relay GSE has approached management and classroom culture when implementing blended learning.

How Can I Learn More about This Site?

Watch these brief videos to discover the multiple features of the Blended & Personalized Learning Practices at Work site.

Shifting to self-directed learning: Setting a "default" mode

Blended and personalized learning models attempt to put students into greater control of their learning. Teachers need to build in explicit supports and structures to support students as they exercise greater choice and control. One structure we...

Step One: Craft a compelling why

Successful blended and personalized implementations have clear statements for why they are pursuing change through blended and personalized learning. They ground all of their work in this “why,” referring back to it again and again.