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SXSWedu 2014

Personalized Learning – One Way Isn’t Best For All

Gone are the days of a teacher lecturing to a group from the chalkboard. Leaders from some of the highest-performing public charter schools in the country will share how they are changing the idea of what schools can be and what their innovations look like in action – a process that can be both exciting and yes, a little messy.

You’ll learn about a flexible classroom for 4th/5th graders at Rocketship Education; a hybrid middle school staffed by tutors, tablets and one master teacher at Match Education; and a fully blended high school at Summit Public Schools.

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  1. What is it really like to be innovating while running great schools? Unlike traditional schools, which are slow to implement change, we have the ability to do rapid prototyping and get quick feedback. This allows us to constantly adapt our approach, so that we can serve better meet our students' needs.
  2. How do you know that what you’re doing is really working? Technology gives you constant feedback, so teachers and school leaders have access to both qualitative and quantitative data and can see progress and make adjustments as needed. Having these types of data systems is invaluable to instruction and professional development, as competencies can be tracked -- this allows everyone to know how effective they are.
  3. Can these new ideas of what schools can be like actually serve all types of students better? Every student is unique. Innovative approaches allow schools to better meet the needs of traditionally underserved students. Blended learning – which can personalize learning for all students – is critical to closing the achievement gap.


  • Betsy Corcoran, CEO/Founder, EdSurge
  • Preston Smith, CEO/Co-Founder, Rocketship Education
  • Stig Leschly, CEO, Match Education
  • Diane Tavenner, CEO/Founder, Summit Public Schools


Ida Linden, Account Executive, Larson Communications

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Best Practices & Implementation
  • Level: Intermediate
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