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Personalized Learning Help is Here!

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May 2, 2017

I’m excited to announce that we have launched a new website, momentumschools.org. This is a project that has been a long time in the making, but I think that you’ll be able to get a lot out of it at your school or district. I wanted to take a brief moment to explain the site and highlight what all is on the site as well as our future plans.

What is Momentum?

Let’s start with the first question you’re probably asking: “What is Momentum Schools?”

Momentum Schools is what we’re calling the schools that have implemented or are planning on implementing personalized learning in their district. Our current roster of schools looks like this:

Cohort I (2016-2017):

  • Chickasha Public Schools
  • Union City Public Schools
  • Oologah-Talala Public Schools
  • Okmulgee Public School

Cohort II (2017-2018):

  • El Reno Public Schools
  • Hinton Public Schools
  • Tipton Public Schools
  • Sharon Mutual Public Schools
  • Lawton Public Schools
  • Anderson Elementary (TPS)
  • Hamilton Elementary (TPS)
  • McClure Elementary (TPS)
  • Memorial Junior High (TPS)
  • Central Junior High (TPS)
  • Memorial High School (TPS)

Our entire staff (especially the Teaching & Learning team) has been working hard to support these schools in their efforts. If you’re still stuck back at the beginning on what personalized learning even is, this is how the implementation guide defines it:

“Competency-Based Education (or mastery learning) allows students to progress through a class(es) or course(s) of study to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills regardless of time, place or pace of learning. This model moves students away from the current time-based system to a mastery-based system allowing for more personalized and differentiated learning experiences (2016).” 

Now we have a published website to help grow the conversation and help other schools and districts get started down this innovative path that we feel is a great model for Oklahoma schools. It’s effective and can allow you to do more with less!

The Website 

What’s on the site? It has been split into two sections:

1. The Implementation Guide

Implementing personalized learning isn’t an easy task, and there is so much involved in the process. The good news is that we’ve been down that road already, and we’re doing what we can to pass that knowledge onto you. We don’t want to be seen as keepers of all the secrets, so we are sharing what we’re learning with you.

That’s what the guide is all about. It’s a practical road map for schools and teams looking to get started with personalized learning. It’s free, and we want it to be a resource you use. If you’ve been curious about personalized learning, here’s a great chance to read more on your own and see what it’s all about.

Inside the guide you’ll find an incredible reading list to help your team get on the same page and learn together. We intend for this to be a living document, so we will be updating it to reflect new learnings, models and tools. 

If you’re looking for information and help without any commitment, or if you’re looking to explore please go read and check this excellent resource out.

2. Become a Momentum School  

The second part of the site is an explanation of our work so far in this field and our plans for the future. We would love for you to become a Momentum School, and our site gives you a chance to get started with that process. If you don’t want to use the site, you can always just reach out to Bianca Rose and she’ll make sure you’re taken care of.

We want to emphasize that if you’re a member of the OPSRC, it doesn’t cost you anything extra to become a Momentum School. We don’t charge you a dime to guide you through the process; the only cost comes from associated tools you might need like technology, space, etc.

Also, coming soon to this part of the site is interviews with teachers, administrators and students who are currently in a personalized learning program so you can hear straight from those who are doing it. Along with the videos will be case studies on our schools so you can see their successes, failures, iterations and growth.

We want this site to be your one-stop-shop for all things that pertain to personalized learning. Go check it out today, and let us know if you have any questions!

About the Author

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Ben Parker

Director, Technology

Ben serves as Director of Technology for the OPSRC. In this role, he will provide support to schools on technical issues and training on pressing technology topics. Ben will assist partner schools with trainings, comprehensive technology plans, e-Rate applications, technology purchasing consultation, and other school and district technology decisions.

Prior to working with OPSRC, Ben was the Director of Technology for the Locust Grove Public School District. Ben implemented a 1:1 tablet program in Locust Grove that saw 6th-12th graders go paperless in the classroom.

In his free time, Ben likes to read and play the drums.