PRESENTATION 4-23-15: Clint Christopher – “Exceptional, Personalized Learning”

Clint Christopher
Clint Christopher

David Brecht introduced Clint Christopher, School District 112 Associate Superintendent. Clint started last July, and his duties include principal supervision, oversight of teaching and learning, and ensuring Eastern Carver County Schools delivers personalized learning. He joined the district from Moline School District in Iowa Quad Cities area, where he was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and a former elementary teacher and principal. We were shown a video featuring Jim Rickenbaugh and his thoughts about Personalized Learning, and how it can solve many of the problems within our education system. Mr. Christopher described the basis for District 112 to strategically move the curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students to Personalized Learning and “building capacity” rather than the historical goal of “piling up facts” that many of us grew up with. (Will I get a bad grade for ending a sentence with a preposition?) Instead of motivating learning in order to avoid negative consequences, our District’s goal is to build a desire and capability to learn that provide the basis for success in the 21st century. We were shown a photograph of an elementary school classroom that looks very different from what existed in our youth, and Clint used each difference to explain the rationale for this new direction of learning:

+ Collaborative environment
+ Engagement with learning tools
+ Purposeful instruction and assessment
+ Learner voice and choices
+ Purposeful learning.

For more information, and a fascinating interactive version of the photo shown to us, Mr. Christopher referred us to: http://wearepersonalizedlearning.org. For more information related to Mr. Rickenbaugh and his current position: https://cesa1transformation.wordpress.com/

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