"A Learning Relationship Management platform (LRM) makes introducing a school-wide or district-wide Personalized Learning program a snap!"
Personalized Learning is a powerful, learner-centric approach that uses concrete goals, self-knowledge and areas of high engagement to drive achievement and create a bright future and purposeful present for each student. While more and more teachers, administrators and parents see the incredible potential of Personalized Learning, one obstacle consistently stands in the way of school- and district-wide PL programs becoming a reality: scaling.
The Challenges of Scaling
While highly successful Personalized Learning environments exist in many individual classrooms or within certain teaching teams, it can be extremely challenging for schools and districts to make the jump to large-scale implementation. Scaling Personalized Learning is a challenge because, instead of one curriculum, teachers are now responsible for supporting potentially hundreds of individualized curricula. Clearly, using the old pen-and-paper tools of the classroom or a one-size-fits-all Learning Management System (LMS) simply doesn’t work for this system.
Too often, Personalized Learning initiatives are dropped or stunted because teachers and administrators can’t envision how to document learning, track growth and provide meaningful feedback when so many different, authentic learning experiences are happening at once. Thankfully, state-of-the-art Learning Relationship Management platforms (LRMs) have been developed to simplify the complexities of Personalized Learning and ensure all students, teachers and administrators are fully supported.
Scaling with an LRM
A Learning Relationship Management platform (LRM) makes introducing a school-wide or district-wide Personalized Learning program a snap. Before the school year begins, teachers, administrators, parents and other community stakeholders can come together to set the purpose for learners. Concrete, overarching skill and knowledge targets can be uploaded into the LRM along with grade-level curriculum standards to guide learning. This provides accountability and ensures all students are meeting learning targets and expectations, even if they are exploring the curriculum in disparate, individualized ways.
Once the school year begins, the LRM naturally adjusts students to the rigors of Personalized Learning by helping them build key self-knowledge about their skills, strengths, learning styles and challenges. This information helps them determine how and where they learn best, while also providing crucial data to teachers that assists them in determining the best access points and approaches for each student.
As the school year progresses, the LRM provides a user-friendly framework for teachers and students to communicate, assign and complete learning experiences, discuss skill-building and reflect on progress. At the same time, teachers and administrators can use backend data from the platform to inform student groupings, provide a “big picture” view of the school or district as a whole and push each student like the brilliant individual they are.