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ERIC Number: EJ829641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Sealing the Cracks
Kinney, Patti
Principal Leadership, v9 n3 p44-45 Nov 2008
Creating a personalized environment that provides each student with an advocate and a plan for success is a key element in preventing students from becoming disengaged from school. Clarke (as cited in NASSP, 2004) defines personalization as "a learning process in which schools help students assess their own talents and aspirations, plan a pathway toward their own purposes, work cooperatively with others on challenging tasks, maintain a record of their explorations, and demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media, all with the close support of adult mentors and guides." This definition goes far beyond creating a pleasant and nurturing environment and instead focuses on authentically personalizing the learning. To do this, schools must carefully reexamine their programs, practices, relationships, and structures to ensure that they are creating a school environment that recognizes the value and develops the potential of each student. This article presents activities that can be adapted by school leaders to trigger the conversations necessary to initiate or reinforce personalization practices at the school. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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