That’s a bold statement yet it’s entirely justified. From Maine to Marin County, British Columbia to Talahasee, Personalized Learning – or PL – is emerging as the most exciting and disruptive initiative in education in generations. 

Progressive educators, administrators and counselors, business and community leaders, and parents and learners have been advocating on behalf of PL for many years.

During this time many pioneers have blazed the way while weathering storms and push-back from those who said educational change of this nature would never happen, for a basket of different reasons.

But what so many of us have known in our hearts and have long recognized is that we must nurture the learners of today – tomorrow’s citizens and leaders – in new ways that enable each of them to thrive. To do this we must change our praxis – what we do and how we do it. And thanks to research pouring in from neuroscience, psychology and education, and with assistance from IT, personalizing learning will help to ensure that each learner’s uniquely personal strengths and talents are optimized.

It’s a very exciting time and we invite you to join us in helping ‘nurture and launch the butterflies’ we know as the children and youth we serve, and that live in ourselves, too. In doing so we’ll be exploring and seeding the educational future so many of us have been yearning for.

Michael Maser, Founder, Personalized Learning Academy

(Michael is a 30-year, award-winning educator. Co-founder of SelfDesign Learning Community (BC Canada), Michael is presently completing a PhD at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) focusing on personalizing learning. He is also author of Learn Your Way! (2012)