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Personalized Learning

The Office of Personalized Learning works with districts and schools to effectively leverage and strengthen Tennessee’s virtual, distance, and blending learning models. The Office of Personalized Learning works in collaboration with the CORE regional offices to improve instructional and management practices within those models.

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Innovative Educator Network

The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Personalized Learning is excited to launch the Innovative Educator Network. The network will bring together high-performing educators (teams of teachers, individual teachers, and librarians) eager to re-think the way they use their finite time, unique talents, and emerging technologies to transform the educational experiences and achievements of the students they serve. The network will expose participants to innovative approaches currently underway nationwide, guide them through a rigorous, hands-on design process and facilitate connections with local and national leaders in order to plan, implement, and evaluate their ideas within classrooms.

Innovative Educator Network Experience

In April 2014, the department will select up to 50 high-performing educators currently teaching in Tennessee public schools. Participation is a 13-month commitment in addition to maintaining status as a full-time classroom teacher or librarian. The program takes place in three parts:

Part I: Explore What’s Possible (May – June 2014)
Meet with leading practitioners to discuss emerging trends around personalized learning and its potential to transform students’ learning experiences along with participation in a national site visit to see best practices in action.

Part II: Design the Future (June – July 2014)
Engage in intense design work throughout summer in order to effectively plan for full implementation throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Part III: Share Best Practices (August 2014 – May 2015)
Share best practices with fellow Tennessee educators throughout 2014 – 2015 school year.

Download a full calendar of network activities.

Participation/School Benefits

Participants will receive:

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $2,500 innovation fund to purchase necessary technology, individualized site visit(s), and professional development in order to implement personalized learning model.
  • Reimbursement for all required travel

Participants’ schools will receive a $7,500 grant (per participating teacher) in order to:

  • Support LEA in providing substitute teachers during times participants are away
  • Purchase necessary hardware/software to support personalized learning model
  • Provide professional development/leadership coaching to staff to expand efforts

Budget and funding Requirements

Information about the Application Process.

Personalized Learning Advisory Council (PLAC)

We are excited to launch the Personalized Learning Advisory Council. The Council will bring together our state’s forward-thinking innovators to help shape the Office’s strategy development and become regional experts and leading supporters throughout initial implementation with the goal of ensuring all students throughout Tennessee have access to rigorous, personalized learning experiences.

PLAC Experience

In April 2014, the department will select a cohort of 10 Council members currently working within Tennessee public education school systems. Participation in the Council is a year-long commitment. Participation is in addition to maintaining status as a full-time employee within a Tennessee school district. Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Council participants will be exposed to innovative approaches currently underway nationwide, support the Office of Personalized Learning in the development of a long-term strategic plan, and provide critical guidance throughout initial implementation efforts.

Download a calendar of events.

Apply for PLAC

  1. Read application instructions
  2. Download article for application essay question
  3. Apply Online