5 Books to Get Informed About Personalized Learning

Now that it is officially summer, educators around the globe are moving into professional development mode, hopefully finding a bit of vacation time, but also investing in their own personal and professional growth. With that in mind, I plan to post a series of “must read” book suggestions on different topics. This first one is dedicated to the topic of personalized learning. What is it? Why does it matter? What are the possibilities for helping to improve education?

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Kahn – This is an easy. In it, the founder of Khan Academy tells the story behind the company. Along the way, he cats a compelling vision for how we can provide a truly personalized learning experience that fills learning gaps and offers the promise of student learning gains that we rarely see with educational technology innovations.

How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell – Distinct from Khan’s focus on academic performance, this book focuses upon personalizing learning based upon the distinct backgrounds of each learning, paying special attention to cultural distinctions. The authors combine years of experience in international schools with a review of research on the subject to provided a rich and substantive book.

Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning by Charles Schwahn and Beatrice McGarvey – I reviewed this one last year, but any list about personalized learning needs this book on it. The authors analyze the contemporary school system, describing the challenges to personalized learning. They then proceed to explain how to work through those challenges.
It’s Inevitable: Customized Teaching and Learning by James Perry and Nancy Hall – This is a follow up to the last book. It moves into specific and practical steps on how to enact the solutions proposed by Schahn and McGarvey. If you are a classroom teacher and want practical “how to” information, you might want to skip the last book and jump right to this one. If you care about the school-wide solutions, be sure to read both.

Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams – The flipped classroom approach remains one of the more exciting possibilities for personalized and adapting learning for individual students, and this text is an excellent introduction. You might also enjoy Kelly and Patrick Walsh’s Flipped Classroom Workshop in a Book, a great “how to” resource. Jason Bretzmann’s Flipping 2.0 is another excellent practical resource.

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is a President of Goddard College, author, podcast host, and blogger. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education; leaner agency, educational innovation, and social entrepreneurship in education.