Personalized Learning Environments Program

Why Personalized Learning ?

Under Vision 2025, SFUSD has identified 10 Big Shifts we want to realize over the next decade in order to equip our students with the 21st century skills, knowledge, and dispositions outlined in our Graduate Profile. 

In SFUSD, we believe that personalized learning provides student-centered learning opportunities that are scaffolded, student-paced, adaptive, engaging, and flexible so that all students meet rigorous academic standards and effectively communicate, collaborate, create, and think critically as global citizens in preparation for college and career. Through personalized learning, students have agency, choice, and voice in their learning pathway.

Program Overview

To deepen PLE Educators understanding and usage of innovative instructional technology strategies in order to enable personalized learning and deeper learning (in literacy instruction). The PLE Program brings PLE Educators together throughout the school year to share, create and explore resources that support personalized learning design and implementation and access research to:

  • Connect PLE mindsets to Deeper Learning core instructional priorities in Literacy

  • Build capacity within school sites beyond PLE teachers

  • Create a SFUSD video library of literacy video examples from PLE  teachers using Gholdy Muhammad’s humanizing pedagogy HRL framework to 

    • Capture and share examples/best practices within and across schools sites

    • Capture and share examples/best instructional practices for technology integration 

    • Capture and share strategies that allow educators to engage in the Deeper Learning framework and SFUSD Core priorities.

Program Mission

 Our cohort of K-5 Personalized Learning Environment Schools seeks to create models for technology-enabled, personalized learning environments that transform student learning across SFUSD  that will benefit our African American/focal students and can eventually be scaled districtwide so that each and every SFUSD student can achieve the competencies of the Graduate Profile.

Program Goals

  • To deepen understanding of innovative and effective teaching strategies for technology-enabled personalized learning, deeper learning and the graduate profile.
  • To share examples and build capacity for technology-enabled learning within and across school sites.
  • To explore  the implementation of practices learning in the PLE PD and study the relationship between implementing PLE practices and student growth in literacy.

Program History

The Personalized Learning Environments Program started as a pilot program in 2018 with a cohort of 14 elementary schools and 48 teachers. Now entering our fifth year, we are continuing to add schools, teachers, literacy coaches, IRFs (Instructional Reform Facilitators), administrators to the program each year. Each school has a Digital Learning Cohort partner as a coach to better enable deeper learning using technology. 

PLE Theory of Action

Implementation

If we... create the conditions and culture to empower educators as designers of technology-enabled personalized learning environments

Immediate Impact

Then.. educators will frequently implement lessons designed with personalized learning guiding principles

Short-term Impact

Thereby... changing conditions for learning and shifting mindsets of educators and students through reflective practice

Medium-term Impact

So that... educators and students have increased agency and ownership in their teaching & learning

Longer-term Impact

So that ultimately... every day we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

PLE Deliverabes and Compensation Model

Teachers will meet virtually every other month to learn ways to use technology to enable deeper learning. Teachers will have opportunities to share and learn from colleagues  within and across school sites with the aim of leaving each session with practical strategies to implement in the classroom. Teachers will be compensated  for their participation.  Site Leads will support other PLE teachers at their site and build overall site capacity by sharing PLE strategies with their staff and admin. Admin are strongly encouraged to meet and connect with PLE Educators and PLE Site Leads to support equitable technology integration strategies across the site. 

Please explore the resources below learn more about the requirements to participate in PLE

PLE Educators

Upon completion of deliverables listed below, Certificated  Educators will receive $1000 stipend

  • Meetings -Teachers can attend meetings live or watch meeting videos asynchronously.  Professional learning from the meetings will be demonstrated through completion of the artifact (video or slide.) 

    • 4 x Meetings for Teachers: October, December, February, April (90 minutes each) 

      • Alternate months - check-in with DLE Cohort Partners and Site Lead (Minimum 3x, more if wanted)
  • At least 2 PLE Design Cycles (Dec. and Apr.)
    •  unit/lesson plan 
      • highlighting tech-integration with deeper learning
    • accompanying artifact(video recording, images or student work examples) highlighting tech-integration with literacy instruction
      • Virtual Peer Observation: 
        • Share at least 2 recorded classroom videos( one including the use of technology and one without technology)  with grade level colleagues to showcase best practices around the impact of technology integration in literacy instruction 
    •  Self reflection, Student Story & Reflection Artifacts:
      • Contribute written or video recorded teacher reflection to highlight a teaching practice and student impact story connected to Deeper Learning core instructional priorities.
  • Interview with researcher 

 

Please Note: Digital Learning Team Cohort Support partners will be available to support you in this work.

PLE Site leads

Upon completion of deliverables listed below , PLE Site Lead Assignments will receive $1000 stipend.

  • Co Facilitate 1 site pd 
    • Plan and Facilitate at least one site pd around PLE practices/technology Integration and highlight how there are connected to school site priorities 
  • Lead at least 3 PLE site team meetings 
    • Plan and Facilitate at least three PLE site team meetings around Technology integration/PLE practices and highlight how there are connected to school site priorities
  • Interview with researcher 

Please note: A PLE Educator can also be a Site Lead, they will have to complete the deliverables for both to receive compensation and Digital Learning Team Cohort Support partners will be available to support you in this work.

PLE Site Administrators (Principals and AP)

Our ask is that PLE Administrators (Site Admin who have PLE Educators/Site Leads)

  • Review PLE Monthly Newsletters to stay up-to date with PLE Happenings throughout the school year 
  • 2 x Meetings for Admins: 1:1 check-in with DLE Cohort Partners and Site Lead  - Sep/Oct and Feb/Mar (more if wanted) -- Principal, AP 
  • Support and co- facilitate with PLE site lead to provide on site pd/planning
    •  Plan and Facilitate at least one site pd around PLE practices and highlight how there are connected to school site priorities
    • Highlighting how they are embedding tech integration into coaching cycles 
  • Participate in PLE Research
    • Participate in our Stanford research partnership by responding to a survey

Please Note: Digital Learning Team Cohort Support partners will be available to support you in this work.

PLE and Stanford Research Partnership

Since the beginning of the PLE program in 2018, we have been researching and documenting our work through a partnership with Stanford. To continue the research we need everyones participation. 

This year we are asking  

 

  • All  PLE participants to participate in our Stanford research partnership by responding to at least 2 surveys 

Additional Research Interview 

  • Teachers may participate in an additional research interview with Stanford researchers for an additional stipend of $140.

Literacy Coaches 

  • Last year we invited literacy coaches to participate in our PLE research meetings  to advise us on analyzing teacher growth in using digital tools for literacy instruction.  We will be reaching out PLE Sites in the next weeks to see if their Literacy coach would be interested in participating this year. If you are interested a Literacy Coach and are interested in participating please Email Devalin Jackson, PLE Program Lead at jacksond1@sfusd.edu for more details.  (Lit Coach Stipend: $1000)

 

What schools already participate in PLE?

Don't see your school and want to get involved? Email Devalin Jackson, PLE Program Lead at jacksond1@sfusd.edu for more details.

 

  

Cohort 1
Cohort 2
Cohort 3 
Cohort 4 
Cohort 5
  • Chávez ES
  • McCoppin ES
  • Sanchez ES
  • Flynn ES
  • Lau ES
  • Tenderloin ES
  • Muir ES
  • Carver (George Washington) ES
  • Drew(Charles) ES
  • Bessie Carmichael ES
  • Visitacion Valley ES
  • Clarendon ES
  • Francis Scott Key ES
  • Jose Ortega ES
  • Sloat ES

2021-22 PLC Meeting Objectives, Recordings and Slides

Slidedeck and recordings from the 2021-2022 school year 

PLE Meeting - October 26, 2021

Objectives:

Explore the Deeper Learning framework with a focus on Equitable Access & Demand strategies.

Collaborate and share ideas with grade level colleagues.

Understand the scope of the PLE program, research and next steps for teacher deliverables

Slidedeck

Recording

PLE Meeting -December 2, 2021

Objectives:

Explore the Deeper Learning framework with a focus on Assessment for Learning strategies.

Collaborate and share ideas with grade level colleagues.

Understand the next steps for teacher PLE deliverables.

Slide Deck

Recording

 

PLE Meeting - February 8, 2022

Objectives:

Explore the Deeper Learning framework with a focus on Collaboration strategies.

Collaborate and share ideas with grade level colleagues.

Understand the next steps for teacher PLE deliverables.

Slidedeck

Recording

 

PLE Meeting -April 7, 2022

Objectives:

Explore the Deeper Learning framework with a focus on Inquiry strategies.

Collaborate and share ideas with grade level colleagues.

Understand the next steps for teacher PLE deliverables.

Slide Deck 

Recording

 

2020-21 PLC Meeting Objectives, Recordings and Slides

Slidedeck and recordings from the 2020-2021 school year 

PLE Meeting - November 2, 2020

Objectives:

Share successes and challenges in distance learning 

Brainstorm ideas for enhancing Seesaw math activities to use in your classroom

Discuss strategies for assessment and feedback

Understand action items and next steps for PLE deliverables

Slide Deck

PLE Meeting - January 25, 2021

Objectives:

Brainstorm ways to increase student engagement and feedback

Discuss strategies for making thinking visible

Understand action items and next steps for PLE deliverables

Slide Deck

PLE Meeting -March 22, 2021

Objectives:

Reflect on other teacher’s classroom examples

Discuss takeaways from peer observations

Share ideas for hybrid learning and return to school

Slide Deck

Recording

 

This page was last updated on September 22, 2022