Cutting Through the Confusion of Individualized Learning

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Individualized learning is referred to by Culatta (2016) as “learning experiences in which the pace of learning is adjusted to meet the needs of individual students.” It’s one of the major areas of concentration within personalized learning and requires significant changes to school as we know it, moving from a seat-time model to one focused on true competency.

Sound intimidating? Watch this introduction to individualized learning and explore the following questions:

  • What are the 3 major components of individualized learning?
  • Why move to a competency model?
  • How does individualization work within or run counter to current educational policy?
  • Does ESSA reference or even allow for individualization?
  • How might an implementation of individualization best begin?

You’ll leave with a clearer understanding of the issues involved and a set of principles to get you moving in the right direction.


Gene Kerns

Gene Kerns, EdD, is Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on learning progressions, K12 assessments, and educational standards. He is the author of Informative Assessment: When It's Not About a Grade.