About the Ohio Personalized Learning Network

The Ohio Personalized Learning Network brings together educators that are committed to preparing each child for future success through the implementation and expansion of personalized learning practices. 

With support from Ohio Educational Service Centers, regional personalized learning specialists and KnowledgeWorks, the Ohio Personalized Learning Network connects educators, schools and districts to a continuum of grant-funded professional learning supports focused on helping local communities expand systems and approaches that center the individual needs of every learner.

Join the Ohio Personalized Learning Network

Multiple Ways to Engage and Accelerate Your Learner-Centered Vision

  • Benefit from personalized coaching and support from national experts and Personalized Learning Specialists

  • Learn and share alongside other schools and educators that are working to grow personalized, student-centered learning

  • Gain access to on-demand modules to help educators build foundational knowledge at their own pace

  • Take advantage of grant-funded resources provided by Future Forward Ohio

Professional Learning Pathways

The Ohio Personalized Learning Network offers three primary pathways for joining the network, EXPLORE, LAUNCH, and TRANSFORM. All services are grant-funded through Future Forward Ohio.


Personalized Learning

On-demand resources for educators interested in learning at their own pace, plus regular opportunities to learn from peers also exploring personalized learning
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Personalized Learning

Two-year cohort for school and district teams ready to re-energize your vision for learning and implement transformational personalized learning practices
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Five-year cohort for districts ready to transform to a more equitable system of teaching and learning by implementing a district-wide system of personalized learning
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How Ohio Defines Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning is a learner-driven approach to teaching and learning that supports learners in achieving their goals in the ways that work best for them. In order to ensure that each learner graduates ready for what’s next, it calls on educators to:

  • Really know and empower their learners;
  • Facilitate and co-design learning experiences with their learners;
  • Align supports to meet individual learners’ distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations or cultural backgrounds; and
  • Provide ways for learners to demonstrate what they know and know how to do.


What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Students?

Source: Aurora Institute

  • Learners are empowered daily to make important decisions about their learning experiences, how they will create and apply knowledge, and how they will demonstrate their learning.

  • Assessment is a meaningful, positive, and empowering learning experience for learners that yields timely, relevant, and actionable evidence.

  • Learners receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.

  • Learners progress based on evidence of mastery, not seat time.

  • Learners learn actively using different pathways and varied pacing.

  • Strategies to ensure equity for all learners are embedded in the culture, structure, and pedagogy of schools and education systems.

  • Rigorous, common expectations for learning (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) are explicit, transparent, measurable, and transferable.

Why is Ohio Investing in Personalized Learning?

This moment presents a historic opportunity for Ohio to build upon and accelerate efforts to scale and spread personalized learning over the last decade. Ohio has continued to focus on personalized learning, from the 2014-2018 Competency-Based Education Pilot, to the 2018 Ohio strategic plan for education, to a 2019 state-level policy scan and community action planning. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated urgency and readiness for transformation to authentic personalized learning systems, exposing unique systemic challenges that create barriers for students, families, and educators on top of those that were well known before the pandemic.

A flexible and relationship-based approach to personalized learning can help educators address instructional and learning disruptions posed by the pandemic, while putting in place equitable, resilient systems that can ensure the future success of every child. 

Personalized learning centers each students’ strengths, needs and interests and provides personalized supports and ways to demonstrate what they know and know how to do. Students are engaged in partnership with their teachers; they know what they’re learning and why, they move forward when they’re ready, and they get help when they need it.

The systems-level focus on the learner’s experience and readiness ensures each learner feels connected to authentic, flexible opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions they need in an inclusive, collaborative environment.