Giving Compass' Take:

• Here are five topics to consider when having a debate or discussion surrounding the efficacy of personalized learning. 

• One of the considerations below is that "there is a deep, under-recognized role being played by on-the-ground practitioners." Educators have been a driving force for personalized learning, but do they receive adequate support in these roles? 

• Read more about personalized learning that is forged by teachers. 

t seems that anytime a blog post, op-ed, or white paper about personalized learning is published, a mighty rift emerges in the field. On one side, skeptics condemn personalization with great zeal but often show little evidence of understanding what it actually looks like in practice. On the other side, true believers advocate, offering new, bigger, and ever better theories and models without directly addressing underlying fears and concerns.

Somewhere between rejecting personalization as a fad and embracing it as a religion, there are facts, often overlooked, that could form the basis for a more balanced and rigorous conversation. Here are five points to get that conversation going.

  1. Demand for personalization comes from a desire to solve real and acute problems of practice.
  2. Personalized learning is a collection of intentional practices that are part of a larger, coherent whole.
  3. There is a deep, underrecognized role being played by on-the-ground practitioners
  4. Technology plays a key role in scaling personalized learning implementation and improvement
  5. Education can and must learn from personalization in other fields

Read the full article about ways to think about personalized learning by Beth Rabbitt at The 74.