Advances in Research Increase Our Understanding of Learning Variability
It’s estimated that nearly half of the students in today’s typical classroom have some form of learning difference, which equals more than 26 million students in the U.S. alone. Learning science has accelerated our understanding of how to better address learner diversity. With these large numbers of underserved students, we have an economic, political, and moral imperative to seize the opportunity to build a research-based, educator-supported system that engages the diverse needs of all learners. Here’s our series of papers on Making Learning Personal for All:
- The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom highlights the need for researchers, the education community, and technology developers to implement new models that take personalized learning to the next level.
- Research and the Promise of Personalized Learning proposes research-based Learner Positioning Systems (LPS) that categorize key Learner Factors necessary to address learner variability.
- Supporting Research-Based Personalization for Reading Success provides an overview of the learning science research behind learning to read, the focus of the first LPS Learner Model.
- Policies and Practices That Meet Learners Where They Are describes the current economic and education climate that calls for personalizing learning as well as policies and practices that many districts and states have developed to encourage addressing learner variability in every classroom.