Building Capacity In Schools & Districts

Teachers from across the nation collaborate during working sessions at the Connecting Teachers to Teachers event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA on November 5, 2013.

When a student is in charge of their own learning, their interest becomes the energy that drives the learning. A key priority for us at the foundation is making sure schools and districts have the capacity to support personalized learning models that account for the individual needs of all of their students. We have identified several conditions to guide our investments that support the development of personalized learning school environments. These include:

A robust and broadly shared evidence base—Conducting comprehensive research to evaluate and interpret what works and what doesn’t in personalizing learning
Improved data & technology infrastructure—Ensuring students and educators have access to the technology they need in the classroom
Supportive policies—Supporting federal, state, and district policy frameworks that enable personalized learning environments and system transformation
Public and political will—Understanding and positive perception in sites currently implementing personalized learning
Human capital pipelines—Ensuring teacher preparation providers prepare teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to teach in personalized learning classrooms
Financial sustainability—Securing the proper funding at the local level to integrate proven personalized learning models