In the new book, “Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom,” co-authors and educational consultants Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis and Diane Ullman feature Aveson Charter Schools, with a home-study option and campus in Altadena, for its curriculum dedicated to personalized learning.
Aveson is called “one of the most authentic” personalized learning examples in the country by the Denver educational leaders, who visited the school last year.
“There is a significant interest in personalized learning around the nation,” says Zmuda. “But Aveson is remarkable both in their design and their commitment to create this learning environment with their students and families every day.”
Published by Jossey-Bass, the book focuses on clearly defining personalized learning as a student-driven model in which students can progressively and deeply be involved in meaningful, authentic and rigorous challenges. Aveson teachers, students and leaders have contributed day-in-the-life examples to the book, as well as advice for teachers who want to incorporate personalized learning at a classroom level. Zmuda also interviewed Aveson Executive Director Kate Bean about her experience in opening Aveson.
“Aveson was started for the benefit of all public school children, not just the students who attend Aveson public schools,” says Bean. “We are hopeful that our experience and its inclusion in this book will open the door for continued conversations with school districts locally and nationwide and allow us to fulfill our charter’s goal to foster the evolution of public education.”
Aveson leaders say that the authors have created a comprehensive foundation for personalized learning. They expect that the book, as well as Aveson’s pioneering work, will serve as a model for other public schools.
Zmuda will be in Pasadena at 7:30 p.m. May 7 for a book discussion and presentation at the Pasadena City College Community Education Center, 3035 East Foothill Blvd. Her presentation is free and open to the public. To register for the event, call PCC at 626-585-3294.