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Integrating Principles of Personalized Learning

Heards Ferry ESHeards Ferry Elementary School (Sandy Springs, GA). Heards Ferry Elementary School integrates Fulton County Public Schools’ seven Principles of Personalized Learning. The first principle is “Choice and Voice” where students can express their learning styles and preferences as learners in a lesson. Second, students have more than one way or modality to learn the material or access content through the “Varied Strategies Principle”. Third, students move through the curriculum at a pace that fits their individual abilities and allows for mastery of learning rather than a time-bound learning schedule through the “Flexible Pacing Principle.” Students may determine the pace of a unit. Fourth, direct instruction is available to students when it is needed regardless of the availability of an in-person teacher with the “Just-in-Time Direct Instruction Principle.” For example, students may use technology to access a lesson if a teacher is working with a small group. Fifth, the school involves students and parents in planning and setting goals, determining how a student will demonstrate learning, pace, and mastery level with the “Co-planning Learning Principle.” Parents and the community are also involved in setting the school goals through the school’s Strategic Plan. The sixth principle is Mastery Based Assessment that give students opportunities to drive the curriculum rather than the curriculum driving the students. Assessments are guided by students’ proficiencies and competencies. The final principle is “Choice for Demonstrating Learning” where students have multiple ways to demonstrate their mastery of standards. Students can leverage both technology tools and traditional tools to show what they know.

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