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When educators design and create new schools, and live next gen learning themselves, they take the lead in growing next gen learning across the nation. Other educators don’t simply follow and adopt; next gen learning depends on personal and community agency—the will to own the change, fueled by the desire to learn from and with others. Networks and policy play important roles in enabling grassroots approaches to change.

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In this Brookings Chalkbeat post, John Pane, Distinguished Chair of Education Innovation and Senior Scientist at RAND Corporation, offers his interpretation of differing results from two studies of personalized learning outcomes led by his team at RAND. His 2015 study of personalized learning found large academic achievement gains in personalized learning school, while his 2017 study found smaller, modest gains. His interpretations rely on important differences between the two samples and the often occurring smaller effects when innovations scale up. In addition, he offers important considerations of challenges teachers face due to policy and accountability and lack of ready-made resources, and suggests that the story of the "Tortoise and Hare" may be important to keep in mind when schools and districts begin their journey toward personalized learning.

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