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SIIA, ASCD, and Council of Chief State School Officers Jointly Release 'Innovate to Educate' Report

Posted Nov 12, 2010
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The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), in collaboration with ASCD and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), has released Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning. This report of findings is based upon the insights and recommendations of some 150 visionary education leaders convened at an August 4-6, 2010 Symposium in Boston, Mass. The report is available at and provides a roadmap to accelerate the redesign of the current, mass production education model to a student-centered, customized learning model that will better engage, motivate, and prepare our students to be career and college ready.

The Symposium brought together three key groups - local and state practitioners, national thought leaders, and senior technology executives. They jointly identified the following top essential elements and policy enablers of personalized learning:

Essential Elements

1. Flexible, Anytime, Everywhere Learning

2. Redefine Teacher Role and Expand "Teacher"

3. Project-Based, Authentic Learning

4. Student-Driven Learning Path

5. Mastery/Competency-Based Progression/Pace

Policy Enablers

1. Redefine Use of Time (Carnegie Unit/Calendar)

2. Performance-Based, Time-Flexible Assessment

3. Equity in Access to Technology Infrastructure

4. Funding Models that Incentivize Completion

5. P-20 Continuum & Non-Age/Grade Band System

Ninety-one percent of education leaders at the Symposium very strongly or strongly agreed that "we cannot meet the personalized learning needs of students within our traditional system - tweaking the teacher/classroom-centered model is not enough, and systemic redesign is needed."

Ninety-six percent of Symposium attendees identified access to technology and e-learning as a critical or significant cross-cutting platform to implement personalized learning and bring it to scale.

SIIA, ASCD, CCSSO and Symposium attendees agree with the need for collective and individual actions moving forward. Those recommended next steps, along with details on the Personalized Learning initiative, are available at, including an archive of Symposium session summaries, presentations and videos. The Symposium Report is available at These resources provide a shared vision and definition, examples of successful implementations, and descriptions of key policies, systems, technologies, educator roles and supports, and national next steps required to bring personalized learning to scale.

Source: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA),

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