Dear Blue Ridge Family,
The start of the 2018-2019 school year is an exciting time for Blue Ridge! In addition to technology access for all students through the 1:1 device initiative, our school has also been selected by LCPS to participate in the Personalized Learning (PL) initiative. This instructional model, which began with a handful of pilot schools during the 2016-2017 school year, provides teachers with additional instructional tools to use as they engage students in learning across the building.
The mission of Loudoun County Public Schools is to empower all students to make meaningful contributions to the world. Personalized Learning tailors learning experiences to students’ strengths, needs and/or interests. A hallmark of personalized learning is formative assessment to determine students’ individual readiness level when concepts are introduced. Instruction is planned to meet students where they are developmentally while actively involving individuals in learning by providing voice and choice. The goal of this differentiated approach is for all students to demonstrate mastery of content while engaging in practices designed to create a deeper understanding.
Personalized learning is a combination of instructional strategies including direct instruction delivered by staff (whole class and/or small group), independent learning activities, collaborative centers and/or technology stations. Personalization is the goal of PL; technology is only one of many means used to accomplish the goal. Devices will be used to engage students in creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
We encourage families to learn more about PL and have included a few resources to facilitate understanding of the PL model. Visit https://bit.ly/2MFeAKA to read about a personalized classroom in South Carolina and https://bit.ly/2vI9gzr to watch a short video on PL in the modern classroom and the impact it has on instructional change. A final resource highlights PL implementation at LCPS schools: https://bit.ly/2MkvVw3.
Brion Bell, Principal