Giving Compass’ Take:
• Education Dive reports on the EL Education network’s approach to personalized learning, which prioritizes peer-to-peer socialization, despite the prevalence of tech tools.
• Communication and peer collaboration are among the “soft skills” that may help prepare students for the future of work. How else can we break down isolation in education?
At King Middle School in Portland, Maine, personalized learning is put into play through students’ social and collaborative work, which has been a major pillar of the school for decades, according to The Hechinger Report. Deviating from trends that emphasize technology and potentially isolating personalized learning trends, students at King — a mentor school of the EL Education network — succeed when they do so as a group, which can include final projects that are produced together.
Every EL school and its staff are required to undergo professional development and experience co-teaching among other activities that prepare them to join the network, with additional requirements including that educators also agree to the new teaching style, 40% of students be from low-income households, and the school must pay a fee that starts at about $50,000 a year but can eventually decline to $15,000.
According to the model, the focus is always on students working together, which means online tools that can silo children into solitary computer terminals are not banned but are also not a priority.
Read the full article about collaboration in personalized learning by Lauren Barack at Education Dive.
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