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Resources for Educators

General educators, special educators and specialized instructional support personnel play critical roles in personalized learning systems—roles that are always changing and expanding. Educators track competencies, set goals and support students along their individual journeys.

Educators need stronger supports and improved training in:

  • Effective instructional practices for students with disabilities
  • Executive functioning skills and challenges
  • Using data to inform instructional strategies and choices
  • Explicit instruction of self-advocacy skills
How can educators maximize personalized learning for students with disabilities?

Collaborate with colleagues and experts in your school.

  • Share expertise and find strategies to support students with disabilities.

Proactively engage and connect with parents.

  • Engage with parents as partners by setting aside time to communicate about personalized learning in your classroom and receive feedback. Explain to parents what personalized learning means for their child and how all students’ needs will be met. Incorporate personalized learning highlights into your regular school-to-home communications.

Create opportunities to support and foster self-advocacy and decision-making skills in students.

  • Build on the self-awareness that students gain from personalized learning to foster self-advocacy skills. Use explicit instruction and activites that will help students develop these skills in a safe, supportive environment.

Optimize resources and ensure accessibility for all students, adapted and tailored
to meet their individual needs.

  • Ask your district for opportunities to receive professional development training on the use of resources to enhance learning for students with disabilities.

Provide opportunities for all students to learn through UDL.

  • For students with disabilities to succeed in a personalized learning environment, educators must provide students with multiple ways to demonstrate knowledge. UDL is a framework that can help educators to implement this.

Monitor progress and provide interventions to keep students on track to meet their goals.

  • MTSS is one framework that can be used to monitor, respond to, and make decisions about students’ needs. This is one way educators can ensure students with disabilities get supports they need to stay on track and move at their own pace.

Where learner profiles are used, be sure they inform a student’s IEP and guide learning.

  • The IEP team should use the learner profile to inform the process of creating and updating the IEP each year. IEP teams should incorporate a strengths-based and student driven approach to instruction and learning, modeling it on successful learner profile components where appropriate.