Personalized Supports and Opportunities

We are building a deep knowledge base about promising approaches to personalizing supports and opportunities for all children and youth. Recent topics explore the potential of personalized plans to equip students for success, how to design system-wide reform efforts that are responsive to the needs of students with learning differences, and international strategies to scaling personalized learning.

Success Plans



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Personalized plans-tangible tools for identifying children and youth's strengths, interests, and needs and matching them with tailored supports and opportunities-have the potential to reshape our education system. But such plans are largely underemployed in the education field. We launched the Success Plans project to learn how communities can harness this tool to ensure all children and youth grow and thrive.

Our research report examines several key questions: What types of personalized plans exist? How are plans being developed and implemented and who is using them effectively? How do plans help promote equity and access? What infrastructure is required? And how much do plans cost? In this publication, we describe the emergence of personalized learning and the use of individualized plans, profile 13 different plans from across the country, illuminate key findings, and offer recommendations to guide stakeholders.

Based on our research, we created a toolkit to assist communities in developing and implementing their own Success Plans. Our By All Means partners are currently piloting Success Plans, and we look forward to sharing more about their efforts as the work progresses.

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Learning Differences

How can we build a system of supports and opportunities that addresses young people's unique needs, including those with learning differences? According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, one in five children experience learning and attention issues with only a small portion of these children receiving formal diagnoses. Our research examines strategies for creating high-quality programs and services that are responsive to the needs of all young people, including those with learning differences.

In a practical guide, we highlight four key areas for stakeholders to consider: constructing children's cabinets or working groups, expanding learning opportunities, integrating social and emotional health services, and personalizing learning. We identify concrete actions to undertake in each core area-from ensuring that the special education community is represented on Children's Cabinets to coordinating care between in-school and out-of-school settings. This guide also contains a list of relevant resources.

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Personalizing Education At Scale

In addition to exploring promising approaches to personalizing supports and opportunities for children and youth in the U.S., we seek to learn from innovative efforts across the globe. We investigate a wide range of education reform strategies through six cases, including British Columbia, England, Finland, Ontario, Rio de Janeiro, and Scotland.

Drawing on the cases, we generate insights related to developing innovations, implementation and scale, and managing the politics of reducing educational inequity. We also describe specific and promising policies and practices related to braiding health and human services, personalized learning, and out-of-school learning.

Download here: Personalizing Education at Scale – Learning from International System Strategies