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​​​ Why Next Generation Learning?

Most would agree that the traditional education system is becoming less relevant. A workforce that no longer follows the factory model of the mid-twentieth century demands that we foster more creative and adaptable learners through the public education system. In order to prepare every student for a world yet to be imagined, we must take advantage of modern tools and resources to enable a personalized experience for each and every learner. By providing daily opportunities to collaborate, problem solve, create, and apply skills in an authentic manner, we ensure our students will be prepared for the dynamic world that awaits them.

Developing systems that enable learners to personalize their experience is at the heart of Next Generation Learning. Personalization is NOT a program or a single class to be accessed occasionally; rather it is a belief system around equity and agency embedded into all learning activities to enable students to get what they need, when they need it, how they need it without barriers. At its most mature state Next Generation Learning supports the whole child in being prepared for their desired level of professional success and civic contribution (click here for a Day in the Life of a D-11 Student Scenario​).
Although strategies such as differentiation, problem based approaches,​ blended learning opportunities, and the infusion of technology rich choices can be parts of a personalized​​ model, the main feature of personalization lies in the level of ownership that each learner has over their educational pathways. We believe that learners should have the power to choose from a wide variety of pathways and demonstrations of learning in order to achieve educational standards in an authentic and meaningful way. To view the difference between a traditional model of education and a more personalized model, click here

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