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Want to personalize learning? Try personalizing PD first

By Dennis Pierce
March 20th, 2015

At a special Blended Learning Summit, Connecticut’s Meriden Public Schools shared its keys to ed-tech success. One of these is to tailor staff development to individual teachers’ needs.

learning-PDIn Meriden, Conn., school district leaders are rethinking traditional approaches to instruction.

For the past five years, the district has had a “no zero” grading policy to encourage the completion of all student work. Middle school students can take online courses for high school credit, and high school students can design their own studies with the help of a faculty advisor.

“We put students at the center of everything we do,” said Superintendent Mark Benigni.

He added: “We’re giving students more of a voice and a choice in their education. We’re doing everything we can to motivate and engage them.”

At a special Blended Learning Summit hosted by the Meriden Public Schools on March 17, Benigni and his staff described how they have implemented systemic changes to support blended and personalized learning throughout the district. They also shared several keys to their success.

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