Over the last three years, the Marshall County Department of Education has shifted focus from curricula centered around improving achievement on standardized tests to building a cohesive K-12 curricula and integrating technology in order to drive personalization and student-centered learning.
Superintendent Trent Lovett explains, “While standardized testing has its place in education, the Marshall County School System realizes that a student’s standardized test score does not determine the success of that student beyond graduation.” School-level staff were also demanding change in the district; the pressures of standardized testing were damaging classroom environments and school culture.
There are three major elements of their classroom that bring this student-centered vision to life: flexible use of classroom space, standards-based grading, and intentional use of technology to support personalized, blended learning.
In these dynamic classrooms, personalization doesn’t mean only using technology; rather, it means individualization of assignment content, format or media, length of time allowed, and other differentiated supports.
Problems of Practice
- How can technology enhance lesson plans that involve true personalization for all students in a blended learning classroom?
- How does technology support pedagogy that builds student self-advocacy?