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Riverside USD Pilots Personalized Learning

Riverside Unified School District (USD) in California will pilot personalized learning at five schools this fall in an effort to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach to education.

In September 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the district a $100,000 NextGen Systems grant to support the development of a system-level strategic plan for personalized learning and in April 2014, the foundation awarded the district a second grant of $500,000 to support the implementation of the program. The district was one of six across the country to win a Phase II grant from the foundation.

To assist with the implementation, Riverside USD has partnered with Education Elements, a company that helps districts develop and implement personalized learning strategies. According to the company, "Education Elements' team of design and implementation consultants has done similar work with over 100 schools across the country."

Education Elements and Riverside USD plan to work together "to refine the vision, goals, expectations and support structure for personalized learning in the district and help the five schools pilot their personalized learning academic program," according to the company.

"As the only California school district chosen to participate we are excited to pioneer a new way of learning for our students, in collaboration with their teachers, parents and community members," said David Hansen, superintendent of Riverside USD, in a prepared statement. "We believe this effort will help students connect with learning so that they can achieve their individual goals."

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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