Pathways to Personalization

Pathways to Personalization A Framework for School Change

Shawn C. Rubin and Cathy Sanford
paper, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-247-8
Price: $33.00

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Pub. Date: October 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-249-2

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Pathways to Personalization offers an innovative five-step framework to help school leaders and teacher teams design and implement blended and personalized learning initiatives based on local needs and interests. The book draws on principles of improvement science and change management, as well as work in nearly five hundred classrooms, to help educators define their own rationale for personalized learning; it guides them as they establish small pilot initiatives, determine criteria for success, evaluate their efforts, and create a path for replication and scale. Filled with activities and templates for organizing information and student feedback, the book also includes many examples of how district leaders, school principals, and teachers have successfully navigated the change process to create more student-centered classrooms. 


Pathways to Personalization offers a framework for thoughtful implementation of personalized learning. The volume helps educators to engage in deep examination of the purpose of the education system and empowers local change agents to ensure that all children build the knowledge, competence, and skills they need.
— Susan Patrick, president, iNACOL and cofounder, CompetencyWorks

A must-read for skeptics and champions of personalized learning alike. This book moves past mere rhetoric about personalization to explore real classrooms trying to reinvent themselves. Weaving together history, philosophy, personal experience, and stories about the hard work of educators on the frontlines, Rubin and Sanford offer a compelling framework for rethinking school as we know it. — Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education research, Clayton Christensen Institute

With its emphasis on the local, this thorough and engaging book provides readers with both a vision of what’s possible and a consideration of the process needed to achieve such a vision. — Penny Bishop, Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Shawn C. Rubin is chief education officer at Highlander Institute in Providence, Rhode Island. Shawn designs and manages the institute’s blended and personalized learning initiatives. He is a national thought leader around coaching and consulting approaches to personalized learning and has been an integral driver of personalized learning growth in Rhode Island. His ten years in the classroom have informed his insider’s view into the challenges and limitations teachers face on a daily basis.

Shawn is the architect of the institute’s Fuse program, which trains educators to become change agents for personalized learning in schools and districts looking to accelerate this work. He is the co-founder of Rhode Island’s bi-monthly EdTechRI meetups, which brings educators together to share ideas about edtech products and how they can help improve learning for students.

Shawn earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his master’s in Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Shawn cofounded an international nonprofit called Longitude in 2006 to support grassroots human rights efforts in Ghana and India. He is also the co-founder and CEO of a competency assessment startup called Metryx.

Shawn is the winner of iNACOL’s Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning award for 2017. Shawn has also won MassCue’s 2015 Pathfinder award and the Americorps Alums 2009 Eli Segal Entrepreneurship award.

Shawn lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and two boys. He is the son of two career educators and an avid Detroit sports fan. Follow Shawn on Twitter @ShawnCRubin.

Cathy Sanford is an experienced educator, education consultant, and nonprofit administrator. She has consulted as an adjunct faculty member of the Brown University Graduate School of Education, participated as a board member of Breakthrough Providence and the Rhode Island branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and currently sits on the board of trustees for Boon Philanthropy and Camp Onaway.

Currently, Cathy leads research and development efforts at Highlander Institute. She coordinates several initiatives across the institute’s portfolio and supports the creation of frameworks, tools, and project plans that align with the overall mission and vision of the organization. Cathy is also the lead writer on white papers, project proposals, and grants.

Before her move to the institute, Cathy supported the launch of the Highlander Charter School, a preK–12 urban school that specializes in supporting the unique learning needs of students. Prior to joining the Highlander family, Cathy codirected Breakthrough Providence, a nonprofit committed to creating a pathway to college for academically motivated middle school students in Providence public schools and to encouraging talented secondary and college students to pursue careers in education. Cathy also spent seven years in the classroom teaching math.

Cathy holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Virginia and a master’s in education policy analysis from Stanford University. She resides in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. Cathy is an outdoor enthusiast and can often be found on a paddleboard, cross-country skis, or somewhere in the woods when she is not working or attending youth sporting events. Follow Cathy on Twitter @csanford42.

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