• What Is Personalized Learning?

    Personalized Learning is an instructional strategy that tailors teaching and learning to Saint Paul Public School’s diverse student body. Through Personalized Learning:

    • Teachers have access to resources that support rich, rigorous instruction aligned to district standards while nurturing individual learning styles.
    • Students have multiple ways to access information, think critically and demonstrate what they've learned.
    • Student voice and choice is integral to student engagement and the classroom experience. With Personalized Learning, students are taught how to advocate and take responsibility for their learning.

    SPPS Personalized Learning Essentials

    Download this document to read the eight essential components of Personalized Learning (pdf) in Saint Paul Public Schools. Download this document (pdf) or an editable version (.pages) to use as a planning guide and template.


    Examples of Personalized Learning 

    Poetry lesson
    Danielle, an 11th grade student, has to do a poetry assignment. She looked up a spoken word talent show on YouTube and it inspired her to do her own. She then worked with her teacher to see how her idea could meet her learning benchmarks and standards. She wrote drafts of her own poems and submitted them via Moodle to her teacher, who provided timely feedback. Later, she recorded three classmates doing their own spoken words with the classroom iPad and analyzed the lyrics for a final paper.

    • Danielle learns about poetry in a format (spoken word) and method (multimedia) that interests her.
      Danielle works with the teacher and classmates to complete the assignment by capitalizing on her ability to be verbally expressive.
    • Danielle takes leadership to design the format of the lesson, self-regulate and demonstrate her learning.

    History lesson
    Instead of learning about Ellis Island as part of a lesson on immigration, Lee, an 8th grade student, chose to research Hmong immigration patterns. Instead of taking a test, Lee demonstrated mastery of the subject by submitting a multimedia project. Shawn, another student in the class, researched the coming of the Ojibwe to Minnesota, and recorded an interview with an elder in the community about the nation's migration stories for the assignment.

    • Lee and Shawn have choices about what specifically they research to meet the goals of the assignment.
    • Lee and Shawn each demonstrate mastery of the lesson with their individual strengths and interests.
    • Lee and Shawn made a personal connection to the learning goals by incorporating their heritage into the lesson.

    Math class
    Students in Mrs. McMahon’s fifth grade class work on math lessons using Khan Academy. Mrs. McMahon gave each student a checklist of lessons from the website that match up with the state standards for fifth grade. Each student watches a lesson that meets his/her needs, then takes an online assessment. Mrs. McMahon is able to view all students’ results and can see when students need more individualized help. Students are able to keep moving at a pace that is good for them, allowing students to move faster or slower as needed. Mrs. McMahon continually monitors student progress and meets with students to help guide their progress.

    • Students can watch videos or get a lesson directly from the teacher.
    • Students work at a pace that is beneficial for them.
    • Meeting with the teacher, students are able to learn to set appropriate goals to manage their math lessons and pace.

Personalized Learning: Examples from the Classroom