Principal September/October 2019: Personalized Learning

With the population of various student subcategories increasing (low socioeconomic status, diagnosed disabilities, English learners, and gifted and talented, for example), educators are rightly focused on identifying barriers and redesigning learning experiences to fit diverse learning needs. In this issue of Principal magazine, read about the latest research on per­sonalized learning, discover strategies to support teachers’ use of Universal Design for Learning and implement education technology in rural settings, and find out how to set up a sensory room.

Click here to read the digital edition.

This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a Leading Lessons guide, “Empowered Partners in Learning.” This guide will help you better use data to improve student personalized learning.

NAESP’s Principal magazine has teamed up with Crayola again to deliver the “Champion Creatively Alive Children” magazine supplement. You can read it online here.


Getting to Why
Three ways principals can use personalized learning to lead whole-school transformation
Jeneen Y. Hatoum

Teachers Aid
How to address the challenges of personalized learning implementations
Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer

A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
How leaders can apply the Universal Design for Learning framework to continuously support personalized learning
Bill Wilmot

Models of Voice and Choice
Recognize teachers’ diverse experiences when implementing Universal Design for Learning strategies
Katie Novak

When Rural Gets Personal
Rural and remote schools are implementing technology in personalized learning to meet student needs
Kathryn Kennedy  

Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
Recent reports examine the spread of personalized learning strategies and their efficacy
Linda Fitch

New Sensation
7 tips for building a successful sensory room in your school
Maria McDonald

The Language of Learning
How to encourage broad-based personalized learning among English learners
Lynmara Colón and Rita E. Goss


Giving Back, Together
Principals volunteer to change lives in Puerto Rico and elsewhere throughout the world


From the Editor
From Aspirational to Operational
Kaylen Tucker

Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed

5 Things
What you need to know about the association that has your back

In the Spotlight
Nothing but Net: Stephanie Worthey

Practitioner’s Corner
3 Ways to Support Problem-Based Instruction
Allowing students to find solutions on their own enhances mathematics learning

Early Career
Helping School Improvements Succeed
Eight essential elements to consider in managing a school turnaround

Raising the Bar
Building Expectations
How a rural, Title I school achieved its first-ever “A” rating

The Reflective Principal
Been There, Done That
A principal returns better prepared after working at the district level

Speaking Out
Let Them Fail
Teaching students to accept adversity and persevere prepares them for life

Parents & Schools
A Simple Plan to Make Parents Feel Welcome
Attempting to engage with 100 percent of families ensures you can reach more of them

An Innovative Approach to Personalized Learning
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE