By Matt Doyle, Interim Superintendent, Vista Unified and Gerri Burton, New Learning Ventures
In this blog post, we focus on perhaps the most important of Vista Unified’s Three Brushstrokes, Personal Learning. The transformation to Personal Learning at Vista Unified has been guided by the work of pedagogy experts, Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick. In their book, Students at the Center, they define Personalized Learning as a “progressively student-driven experience where students have a role in co-creating investigations and ideas.”
One hundred percent of Vista Unified’s schools are now engaged in the Vista Unified Personal Learning Challenge designed by Interim Superintendent Dr. Matt Doyle. Application and engagement took place in three waves, beginning three years ago. The journey is designed as the “Moonshot” for the school district that will fully transform the learner experience over the course of ten years.
Recently, district consultants conducted an informal survey of Vista Unified principals and assistant principals seeking their definition of Personal Learning resulting from the experience of on-the-ground implementation. Here are the results and light analyses of those conversations.
Let’s begin with some background on the Personal Learning Challenge. One important note is that…