Schools built on a student-centered learning (SCL) model in New Hampshire, like Pittsfield Middle High School and districts participating in PACE, have received nationwide attention for their innovative approaches to teaching and learning. But for other districts that want to incorporate SCL models in their schools, support from school boards and state and local government is essential.
KnowledgeWorks, partnering with the Nellie Mae Foundation, released a state policy framework for implementing these innovative learning models, reported THE Journal:
“A State Policy Framework for Scaling Personalized Learning” calls for states to examine what they can do to help their districts, whether it be funding state grant programs, developing a state waiver process or building in flexibility in order for districts to be able to implement the conditions to scale up their personalized learning environments.
“By adopting this state policy framework, states and districts will be empowered to overcome barriers of a system that was designed for a time that has long since passed,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said in a prepared statement. “Only then will we be able to ensure every student can experience meaningful personalized learning that enables him or her to succeed.”