A personalized learning environment is centered on the unique interests and needs of the learners. While there is a critical focus on literacy in core academic subjects - reading, mathematics, writing, science, arts, and social sciences - personalized learning in Evergreen is built on a strong foundation of student strategies. These strategies support the essential elements of personalized learning when implemented across content areas, and grade levels, to support application of knowledge in real-world situations.
Measures of Individual Proficiency - Assessment is approached as learning or as a support for learning. A variety of assessment strategies are used to monitor and evaluate understanding of standards-based content knowledge and skills, foster self-monitoring, and facilitate reflection to promote student autonomy.
Communication and Collaboration - Students learn and continually increase their ability to engage in reading, writing, listening, and speaking using academic language. Students communicate and collaborate for a variety of purposes, in multiple formats and various settings, both independently and as a valuable member of a team. Students learn to engage in inquiry, articulate and support both opinions and ideas.
Critical Thinking and Creativity - Students use disciplined processes to apply knowledge and skills in innovative and practical ways, addressing authentic, real-world problems. They construct and communicate new understanding by seeking out and evaluating information from a variety of sources, experiences and perspectives, to generate unique ideas and solutions.
Flexible Learning Environments - Students contribute their voice and choice in creating or using physical and virtual learning environments that allow for effective use of time, pace, space, and place. A variety of resources, structures, and strategies are used purposefully to activate and sustain learning.
Personal Learning Profiles - Students and others work collaboratively to identify, articulate and monitor their own skills, interests, life experiences, aspirations, needs, areas of growth, and goals. PLPs are used to guide learning paths and experiences. Reflection on learning and progress toward personal and academic goals drives the planning for next steps.
Access to Learning - A range of technologies and strategies are used intentionally to remove barriers to learning, enhance experiences, and help students realize their potential.
Community and Cultural Resources - Students engage with their communities through learning partnerships, both inside and outside of school, to establish meaningful interactions, address challenges, extend experiences, and connect learning to life. Students contribute their voice to creating a culture of safety and thoughtful risk-taking that values and acknowledges the diversity of the communities with which they interact.
Student Agency - Student voice and choice is supported by opportunities to learn and continually increase their ability to independently engage in the design and direction of their learning. Students connect interests, needs, and cultures to what they are learning; set goals for their individual learning and reflect on their own progress.