Create Personalized Learning Communities

2015
Connell, J. P., Klem, A. J., Legters, N., West, T. C., Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

This paper focuses on three key questions that district and school leaders face as they transition from a traditional comprehensive high school to smaller personalized learning communities:

  1. what conditions at the building and district level are critical for successful implementation;
  2. what are the essential components and activities of the planning and capacity building
  3. ...
2015
Connell, J.P., Eccles, J., Kemple, J., & Legters, N., Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

“Making the Move” examines how thematic small, personalized learning communities and freshman academies offer promising research-based approaches to significantly reducing school dropout rates between the 9th and 10th grades.

The authors represent two national model developers and technical assistance providers and a national research and policy organization involved in evaluating these...

2006
Connell, James P., Klem, Adena M., Broom, Julie M., Kenney, Mark, with contributions by McLaughlin, Milbrey, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

The aim of “Going Small” is to demonstrate how small personalized learning communities provide an optimal platform for the most important elements of effective professional development.  Following a review of the most current research on professional development practice, the authors extract a list of five characteristics of high quality professional development: sufficient time, shared...

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