School network emphasizes collaboration in personalized learning model

Educationdive | January 09, 2019

School network emphasizes collaboration in personalized learning model
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.

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Early Warning Systems (EWS) can help schools and districts identify students at risk of dropout early enough to provide them with extra support toward graduation. Research has produced numerous evidence-based recommendations for dropout prevention on which practitioners can draw. REL Midwest aims to increase graduation rates and help build regional capacity to design and implement evidence-based policies and programs that support college access, college completion, and workforce success through the Dropout Prevention Research Alliance and CCRS Research Alliance.

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