Starting something new can be scary. This session will help you move from scared to excited about personalized learning. We will share our humble beginnings and help you begin an action plan to take back to your school/district. We will show you how our mistakes made us better and led us to discoveries. We have dipped our toes in a lot of lakes on our path to better understanding and implementing personalized learning. Some of the things we have tried include: inquiry projects, genius hour, passion projects, flexible seating, goal setting and action plans. We will get into more detail during our session on how we began our most recent journey of a school within a school using multi-age classrooms and a learning continuum.
Michele Crispell (@michelecrispell)
Heather Grabarski (@HeatherGayton)
Adams Friendship School District
Roxanne Irey has been in the education profession for 19 years. She has taught special education K-12 for 11 years and for the last 8 has been an elementary school principal and Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the Adams-Friendship School District. Roxanne was first introduced to personalized learning 2 years when she attended her first Convening and has been hooked ever since. Last year she gathered a team of innovative teachers that like to try new things and brought them to last year’s Convening. Since then, they have been meeting monthly and presenting at staff meetings to bring more awareness to this innovative way of instructing our students. She looks forward to what personalized learning will do for the district!
Michele has been teaching in the Adams-Friendship School District for 21 years and still finds the first day of school exciting! Her passion is helping her students find their passions. She tries to instill in her students the following: “Work for a cause, not the applause; Live life to express, not to impress; Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt; If you do this you WILL make a difference!” Michele finds it interesting that the author of this quote is unknown. She could rattle off degrees, awards and honors but what she wants people to know is that she is a learner and loves to learn with others, from others and about others. She finds mistakes to be wonderful opportunities to grow. If you want to try something new, she is always willing to go on that journey with you!
Heather Grabarski teaches 5th grade at a rural school in Central Wisconsin. She and her husband own and operate a small dairy and cash crop farm and agricultural literacy is an integral part of her classroom. She facilitates service-learning projects, an agri-science program that includes a greenhouse, school garden, composting project and aquaponics system within the school. Heather was the 2017 NSTA DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Education recipient, 2016 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher recipient and she currently serves on a Science Framework committee for the Department of Public Instruction. She has participated in the 2017 Forward Exam alignment study for DRC and is finishing a Master’s of Science in Education in Professional Development with an Emphasis in Challenging and Advanced Learners. She is excited to pursue the personalized learning methodology and change the way she supports her learners in the classroom.