El Paso District Adopts Personalized Learning
One of the largest school systems in Texas is
district-wide personalized learning program. The 60,000-student El Paso
Independent School District will adopt the Mileposts
program from Silverback
Teachers will be able to use the cloud-based service
personalized learning plans for all their students. Mileposts will allow
to manage interventions, monitor progress and learn about instructional
approaches for specific students. The software will also integrate
learning resources from Gooru, an open Web collection of resources
K-12 teachers around the world.
"The idea behind Mileposts is simple," said
Learning Solutions CEO Jim Lewis. "Every child is an individual and the
most important motivation to learn is to be able to begin at their exact
academic level and build from that mark in time."
The software will be the nucleus for a new El
Initiative intended to encourage parents to participate in
their children's education as well. Silverback will provide professional
development for all educators on its 94 campuses in order for them to be
effective in using the LMS.
"We are committed to moving away from 'teaching to
and re-focusing our efforts on blended, project-based and personalized
learning," said Superintendent Juan Cabrera.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.