Katie Chriscoe contributing to the Researcher
Personalized learning is the basis of the 9th grade education currently at RTHS. Incumbent freshmen live and breathe the PLP system!
However, for incoming students, the PLP can seem daunting, hard, and very confusing. It sure was confusing for me at first, but after acouple of months, the PLP became the new normal way of learning for RTHS freshmen, including me.
So, what is personalized learning? Well, it’s a way of learning that is specifically designed to fit the varying needs of students. Usually, a school approaches personalized learning with increased use of technology and staff mentoring. This technology improves learning by 94%, according to EdTech. Also, students in California who partake in personalized learning reported graduation rates to be 10 points higher than the statewide average in 2014. Lastly, schools with personalized learning curricula experienced a 22% increase in student attendance, a 22% increase
in A’s, and 69% of students were more actively engaged in class than without the personalized education mindset. Not convinced? Let’s look into the PLP, the system that RTHS uses.
According to Summit Public Schools, there were 4 core reasons why they created the
1. To succeed in college and in life, students must be self-directed learners.
2. In addition to basic content knowledge, students need to develop highlevel cognitive skills like Inquiry, Listening, and Analysis.
3. Students should have personalized learning paths so they can learn content at their ownpace and in ways that work best for them.
4. Teachers have the most impact by leading interdisciplinary projects and other rich
performance tasks that help students weave together content knowledge and highlevel cognitive skills.
Are these factors actually being put into place? Freshman Aidan Buehler provides some insight:
Hopefully enough information and insight has been provided for you to make a smart
decision about entering the RTHS lottery. The PLP is difficult yet practical and helpful in college readiness, and all RTHS freshmen and sophomores next school year will be expected to participate in the learning system.