Personalized learning is more critical than ever–it can help students recover lost learning and boost social-emotional growth. What’s more, it helps educators in dire need of learning solutions.
New edtech developments have helped these learning techniques become more efficient, scalable, and achievable for educators over the last decade. But many strategies were forced to take a back seat to more pressing challenges during the pandemic, and now it’s time to turn our attention to a more individual form of learning once again.
Join eSchool News and a panel of experts to explore what personalized learning looks like now and what’s to come. You’ll hear these experts share best practices, and you’ll learn why assessment and accountability are more important than ever in today’s K-12 landscape.
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