Personalize the learning environment and instructional process.

Personalizing the learning environment helps create a school climate where students and teachers get to know each other, so students can feel a sense of belonging and community in their school. Districts can support schools in the development of a personalized learning environment through such options as "schools within schools," transfer schools, new small schools, thematic schools, or ninth-grade academies.

School leaders can strive for higher student achievement and graduation rates by creating small-school environments within their schools. This includes teacher teaming arrangements, extended school schedules, and extracurricular activities that address students' personal interests. Districts and schools may choose to complement personalizing the learning environment with such practices as providing rigorous and relevant instruction, social-emotional programs, academic support, and/or adult advocates.

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Planning for a Personalized Learning Community

Use this planner to develop schoolwide organizational strategies that would contribute to a personalized learning environment.

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05/07/2014
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Assessing the School's Learning Environment

Principals, administrators and school leaders may wish to use this observation tool to conduct an assessment of the school’s learning environment across four categories: organization; school...

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05/07/2014
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Learning Together: What Is a Personalized Learning Environment?

Use this workshop plan to learn about key features of schools that have established personalized learning environments. Related Media and Files: Personalizing the Learning Environment...

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05/07/2014
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Avanza Program and Spanish Language General Education Development (GED)

Read about the Avanza and Spanish Language GED programs at Sleepy Hollow High School that serve the school's English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The program seeks to improve the academic...

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05/06/2014
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Building a Personalized Environment Through Small Learning Communities

Building a Personalized Environment Through Small Learning Communities

Western Hills University High School uses a team approach and flex block scheduling to foster a personalized learning environment. The team-based learning approach at Western Hills helps teachers...

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05/06/2014
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Big Rocks

This presentation introduces Big Rocks: core values, communication, wellness, non-academic barriers/services, building relationships and celebrating successes. Foxfire plans for, monitors, models,...

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05/06/2014
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Building a Personalized Culture Using the Five Big Rocks

Building a Personalized Culture Using the Five Big Rocks

The principal at Foxfire discusses the foundational principles of the school's learning environment: Big Rocks. These principles are Core Values, Wellness, Communication, Building and Building...

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05/06/2014
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Dropout Recovery Plan

Dropout prevention team members created this plan to detail its activities to support students, such as visiting families and allowing students to recover credits. The multimedia presentation,...

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05/06/2014
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Credit Recovery Tracker

A high school graduation coach uses this tracker to monitor the credit recovery progress of students coming back to school after dropping out. Watch the multimedia presentation, Students Want to...

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05/06/2014
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Students Want to Come to School

Students Want to Come to School

Watch a multimedia presentation in which a graduation coach describes how his school makes students feel welcome. The dropout prevention team uses documents such as the Credit Recovery Tracker and...

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05/06/2014
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Pathways to Success Organization and Content

This presentation describes a school's mandatory skills course for ninth graders. To learn more about the school's efforts to help students stay on track to graduate, watch the multimedia...

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05/06/2014
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Tutoring Assignment Pass

Students at one high school use this tutoring pass to record their compliance with tutoring sessions, required whenever one of their grades falls below passing. To learn more about the academic...

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05/06/2014
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