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A New Model

Shift to Personalized Learning
Carter Lomax
Ellen Ullman

“The factory model is not productive. We’ve been moving toward blended learning and will eventually get to personalized learning for everyone,” says Vickie Vallet-McWilliams, director of instructional technology at Texas’ Pasadena Independent School District (PISD).

To make the shift to blended/personalized learning, PISD has held teacher academies and summer training sessions so that teachers learn everything from why this type of learning is so effective to how to work with real-time data to individualize lessons.  Just like any large district, some teachers are further along the learning curve than others. Vallet-McWilliams says the teachers who are already teaching in a blended or personalized environment tell her that their students love to learn this way and that they hope to never go back to the factory model again.

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