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Advice: Policies to Support Scaling of Personalized Learning

Aligning state and local policies to support personalized learning

Overview

Practitioners piloting and developing blended and personalized learning models often hit policy barriers when scaling their work. State and local leaders can proactively address these issues so educators have the flexibility and resources they need to move to larger scale and transformation. KnowledgeWorks’ “A State Policy Framework for Scaling Personalized Learning” and Bellwether Education’s Policy Playbook for Personalized Learning are two helpful resources for understanding how local and state policies can serve as supports for broader change.

KnowledgeWorks' paper details goals, supporting actions, and strategic questions that state leaders can consider as they progress through initial exploration, replication, and statewide scaling of initiatives. Implications and actions for district leaders are also included.

Bellwether’s report offers 15 policy ideas with specific recommendations for addressing the three crucial ways in which policymakers can help fuel the growth of innovative approaches to personalized learning:

  • Build the supply of personalized learning models
  • Foster demand for personalized learning
  • Eliminate barriers to personalized learning

Both reports combine policy recommendations with real-world examples.