Ch 3_Opportunity 3_Info box

Dozens of districts and schools in more than 20 states have started using personalized learning^. When done well, personalized learning can:

  • Enable all students to master a standard set of rigorous competencies, while allowing them to do so at their own pace, with structure and support in challenging areas, and with choices in how they demonstrate their learning
  • Customize learning to align with each student’s interests, needs and skills
  • Engage students in ways that help them gain a better understanding of their strengths
  • Take place in a traditional classroom, online, in a blend of these environments, or outside the classroom as an extended learning opportunity

As part of a yearlong project, NCLD gathered experts from across the country in the fields of education and personalized learning–including general and special educators, advocates, researchers, state and district leaders, school leaders and parents of children with disabilities—to explore best practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities through personalized learning. Here is a summary of the project’s findings: