This article, written by Emily Gowdey-Backus, originally appeared in the Providence Business Network.
PROVIDENCE – A set of policy recommendations was published by the R.I. Campaign for Achievement Now group earlier in April to promote personalized learning among the state’s teachers.
The list of suggestions, which was developed by teachers involved in RICAN’s first-ever Learning Pioneers fellowship, which elevated teachers’ voices to inform policy making, included:
- Providing a clear vision, direction and resources for schools adopting personalized learning programs.
- Providing dedicated professional development for teachers to adopt expertise in personalized-learning curricula.
- Allowing increased budget flexibility and creating a competitive statewide incentive fund to help create community schools and increase technology in the classroom.
- Collaborating and communicating regularly with higher-education institutions and work with them as educators closest to students.
“A growing number of Rhode Island schools have received national recognition for their innovative use of personalized learning. If we remain committed to this kind of innovation, Rhode Island can be the first state in the nation to customize instruction for [its] entire student population,” said RICAN spokesperson Bill Fischer in prepared remarks.