Our Journey

  • Redwood Heights Road of Personalized Learning

     

    We have been studying and practicing personalized learning since 2008. This journey led in 2014 to RHS receiving a grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) initiative, a national effort supporting innovation in personalized and blended learning approaches.

    While participating in a national cohort of NGLC schools, RHS explored new ways of personalizing education for students, including:

    • Station rotation and blended learning to differentiate instruction, support students to work at their own pace, and allow the teacher to spend more individual time with students

    • Involving students in setting goals, monitoring progress, using digital portfolios and personalized learning plans, and Makerspace.

    • We established pilots in six classrooms from Kindergarten through Grade 3, including Special Education. All classrooms are currently using some form of personalized and blended learning to meet the needs of diverse learners.

    In 2015, we were one of five elementary schools to receive a 3-year, NGLC "Breakthrough Model" grant to launch a full-school personalization model.