On January 5, 2020, the following article I authored on personalized learning appeared in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
A recent study by Udemy for Business rated the top skills employers want in their workforce: The willingness and ability of employees to solve problems, to take initiative, to learn on their own and with others in order to improve their work, and to think creatively.
Now think about a day in a traditional high school. What do students spend time doing? Maybe they’re listening to lectures, taking notes, reading textbooks, answering questions, sitting in rows or even sleeping. How do the day to day activities of that high school experience compare with the typical expectations of today’s workplace? How do these experiences help develop the employee described in the study above?
At Springs Charter Schools, we incubate highly skilled employees by giving students real, hands-on work to do. Our education model expects students to take initiative in designing their own learning experiences and our students rise to the occasion! Just like personalized medicine has changed the face of health care over the past decade, our philosophy of personalized learning meets the needs of ALL learners by providing the opposite of a one-size-fits-all education. Years of experience has taught us that this approach is highly effective, particularly for students who don’t thrive in traditional school environments.
Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer