How do educators personalize learning to engage, inspire and motivate students?
We are pleased to share that our new book, called Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades: A Guide for Teachers and School Leaders, will be published on May 7th by Harvard Education Press.
Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades shows how teachers in grades 5–8 can use personalized learning plans (PLPs) to increase student agency and engagement, helping youth to establish learning goals aligned with their interests and assess their own learning — particularly around essential skills that cut across disciplines.
Drawing on our research and work with fifty schools in Vermont, where PLPs are used statewide, we show how personalized learning aligns with effective middle grades practice and provide in-depth examples of how educators have implemented PLPs in a wide range of schools representing different demographics and grade configurations. Grounded in experience and full of engaging examples, artifacts, and tools (generously shared with us by Vermont educators), the book builds on the emerging field of personalized learning and connects it with the developmental needs of middle schoolers to provide a valuable resource for classroom teachers, teacher teams, school leaders, teacher educators, and others.
We are incredibly thankful to the teachers and students who shared their stories and work with us in Vermont and our colleagues at TIIE without whom this book would not have been possible.