Creating a Personalized Learning Plan
October 31, 2017 @ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Wisconsin Center - 102AB
400 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Session Description
Looking for a way to drive student engagement AND attend to individual student goals? Try implementing a personalized learning plan! Participants will learn from the experiences of three Janesville teachers who implemented personalized learning plans (PLPs) in their classrooms. This session will include: “I can” statements, teaching to various learner styles, providing “Must Do” and “May Do” student choices, goal-setting and conferring with students, and celebrating goal mastery with students. Participants will gain and develop ideas and resources to implement in their own classrooms.


Jennifer Bynum
Amy Eckels
Elyse Dean
School District of Janesville

Jennifer Bynum has worked for the School District of Janesville for 12 years. In her time there, she spent 10 years teaching fourth grade in a traditional classroom setting and two years in a 2/3 multi-age, personalized learning classroom setting. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (Grades 1-9) and Library Media and Technology. In 2013, she received her Master’s Degree as a Reading and Language Specialist. In addition to being an educator, she has also worked at Hedberg Public Library in Janesville for 21 years. She enjoys sharing her educational experiences and areas of expertise with fellow educators.

Amy Eckels has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Edgewood College. She has been teaching at Lincoln Elementary for 7 years and fully implemented personalized learning in 2014. She is a member of the Academic Learning Committee which works to analyze assessment data and improve current practices and RtI methods. She is a Unit Leader, a member of the Janesville School District Elementary Math committee, and a math curriculum mentor. She is an EiE (Engineering is Elementary) Teacher Educator, presented at SLATE (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education) in 2014 and 2015, and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in 2017.

Elyse Dean has a Bacherlor’s of Science in Elementary Education and licensure to teach English as Second Language through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has been teaching at Lincoln Elementary for 4 years and during that time has implemented personalized learning to various degrees. Elyse has had the opportunity to work exclusively with first graders throughout her career. This work with young learners and beginning readers has allowed Elyse to utilize technology as a way to reach diverse student needs.