Personalized Learning

What is Personalized Learning?

Personalized Learning (PL) is a student-centered, teacher-directed program for students in grades 1-9 (ages 6-14 years) that is inclusive, differentiated, adapted and/or modified with a very customized approach to meet the learning outcomes from the Alberta Programs of Study. It provides additional support for those students who are unable to achieve success in regular distance education programming or classroom settings. Our goal? Student success. Our teachers look at where the student is in their learning journey, where they need to get to and how best to get them there. Personalized Learning teachers have training and experience working with students with special learning needs. They are knowledgeable in a variety of teaching methods and pedagogies and are flexible in their teaching practices.

How does it work?

Each student is set up with a unique program designed for their success. PL teachers spend time getting to know the student and their family. This enables the development and support of a tailored and adaptable learning plan that builds on the strengths, goals and passions of each student. PL teachers provide clear and thorough guidance to the student and home learning facilitator. Student activities are challenging but still within the student’s zone of ability which boosts their confidence and in turn, increases successes. PL teachers provide regular, direct instruction for the student and guidance for the home-learning facilitator.

Who are Personalized Learning students?

This program is for grades 1-9 students (ages 6-14 years) that have a variety of needs, including (but not limited to):

  • learning disabilities
  • behavioural or neurological disorders
  • intellectual disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • English Language Learners
  • health or medical conditions

Often, these students already have an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) in place.

What are the requirements for a successful Personalized Learning program?

  • Student must be in grades 1-9 (ages 6-14 years)
  • Strong Support: home learning facilitator (parent, guardian, tutor) provides one-on-one assistance with the student
  • Technology: reliable internet connection, video and audio capabilities, ability to print and scan
  • Attendance: participate in regular student/parent/teacher video meetings, maintain a daily schoolwork routine, submit assessments according to schedule

Getting Started

The initial gathering and reviewing of the student’s history:

  • Academic Counsellor consults with the parent/guardian to understand the student’s previous education and reviews diagnostic testing (if applicable).
  • PL teacher discusses student background and other applicable information with the parent/guardian. 
  • Diagnostic Assessments are used to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses.

A unique program is created for the student:

  • A customized learning plan is made utilizing quality research-based resources, to fit the student’s individual needs (i.e. customized assignments, scripted lessons, teacher modeling etc.)

For more information about Personalized Learning, or to determine if a student is eligible, contact:

Andrea Robin
Inclusive Education Coordinator
Phone: 1-855-974-5333 x6252
Email andrea.robin@pembinahills.ca

 

Success Stories

“Our boys have exhibited more growth and success than they ever had before in the education system.” – A.S. (treatment home for at risk youths)

“When we started in September, my children couldn’t read. By February, they could both read level 2 books and comprehend what they were reading.” – K.H. (Gr. 4 & 5 Students)

“Before I thought I couldn’t do math, not it’s my favourite subject!” – J.L.

“I don’t feel stupid anymore. I know I can do it!” – T.K.

“Before my son thought his brain couldn’t learn how to read. Now he loves to read!” – D.D.

“We’re so thankful to have had the guidance of our teacher. My daughter enjoyed doing school and our journey was much easier.” – P.B. (Gr. 7 student working at gr. 2 level in L.A. and gr. 4 level in math)

“Allowing my daughter to work at her own pace has made a real difference. My child has the confidence to learn again!” – S.K. (Code 52 student)