Danville staff members have made enormous strides in designing a system that suites students at various grade levels but is also aligned between the elementary and middle schools. The customized learning pilot teacher PD days offered each summer have helped fuel the conversation about classroom management procedures, new technology for tracking and recording, and the best ways to group and re-group students. Common assessments have been developed and streamlined and are now being utilized by all staff in the district. Continued PD will take place during the summer of 2014 and beyond. Danville's partnership with Indiana State University has given the district a great amount of qualitative feedback from parents and staff in order to ensure the process is refined in a way that is best for students and staff; moreover, additional data from classroom and state assessments will help paint a quantitative piece. Over 50% of K-8 students opted in to the pilot program last year and approximately 65% of Danville students have opted in for the 2014-2015 school year, with the fourth grade being "all in." Danville High School teachers have begun to develop mastery learning processes that work at the secondary level and have learned valuable lessons that will help the district as they continue to expand. Online courses are being developed and the first 100% online class will run over the summer of 2014. Feedback gained from that experience will be used to form additional secondary options. Customized Learning conferences, books, and articles are becoming more and more popular and other districts have started reaching out to Danville in order to gain additional information about programs they are starting. Danville is very excited to begin a new school year and continue to learn and grow! For a glimpse of what personalized learning looks like at Danville watch HERE.
Garrett-Keyser-Butler Superintendent, Dennis Stockdale, highlights what personalized learning looks like at Garrett and the successes that are happening everyday. Watch Garrett's student-created video HERE.