Educators around the country are excited about the potential of personalized learning, but before we can make it an everyday reality, we first need to agree on what exactly “personalized learning” means. There are a number of definitions out there. After a thorough review of the literature, I’ve settled on the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) definition of personalized learning, which asks educators to do three things in order to optimize education for each learner:

  1. Be willing to change the instructional approach

  2. Be willing to change the pace of learning

  3. Work to involve students in the process


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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Gene Kerns is the vice president and chief academic officer of Renaissance. A former classroom teacher, administrator, and professor, he is the co-author of the book Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise. Follow him on Twitter @GeneKerns or @RenLearnUS.