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One Florida Teacher’s Take on Personalized Learning

• Shan Goff

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, a public K-12 school connected with the University of Florida, has an extensive history of implementing innovative education models that improve outcomes for students.

In the last few years, leaders at the school have taken a unique approach to personalizing each student’s educational journey by creating pathways that provide students with greater flexibility within the classroom and multiple opportunities to master course content.

To date, four other Florida school districts have implemented locally-driven personalized learning programs, like P.K. Yonge’s, that focus on mastery and student voice and choice. I had the pleasure to learn about the innovative practices Pinellas County Schools educators are using to improve student learning earlier this week.

For a glimpse of how educators can use personalized learning to empower students to play a greater role in their learning, watch P.K. Yonge educator and science department chair Tredina Sheppard talk about what personalized learning looks like in her classroom.



For more information about personalized learning, visit ExcelinEd’s policy library.

About the author

Shan Goff

Shan Goff is the Florida Policy Director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Shan’s prior positions include Executive Director of the Office of Early Learning, Deputy Chancellor for K-12 Programs and the State Director for Special Education for the Florida Department of Education. Shan also worked for the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. Her background is elementary education and special education and she is a certified teacher in Florida.