Personalized Learning

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

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 (April – 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.

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 (learning/content management systems, data integration, ePortfolio systems, and/or competency-based gradebooks)
  • Provide professional development to staff and/or leadership that aligns to personalized learning model

Download a full calendar of network activities.

Last Update: July 21, 2014