4 Ways We Can Fund Personalized Learning to Create More Equitable Schools

Ace Parsi, Bryant Best, Getting Smart, Sept 24, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The four methods are listed about half way through the post, and seem reasonable to me:

  • close group-based opportunity gaps and support best practices in teaching traditionally disadvantaged populations
  • acess to learning opportunities such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB)...  through strategies such as universal design for learning
  • targeted and supplemental investments can include support around professional development
  • create equity-based professional-development opportunities for district and school leaders.

The idea here, as I see it, is to fund personalization in such a way as to target those most in need, and to have that funding follow that need through direct investment in learning support, as well as investment in those providing that support. This is quite a contrast from what we usually see in personalized learning, where efforts go to fund initiatives directed at thoe who already have significant advantages.

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