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Reclaiming Personalized Learning: Restoring Equity through Complex Instruction

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Many believe that the key to personalization is individualizing the curriculum, but this simply isn’t true. There are other more sustainable ways to enable personalization in your classroom. In this workshop, we will explore the concept of complex instruction as a means for sustainable personalization through class-wide provocations. Complex instruction operates off of three basic principles: (1) leveraging multi-ability curriculum; (2) employing human centered practices that promote dialogue and discourse; and (3) addressing issues of access through culturally responsive pedagogy. Participants will leave with this common definition of complex instruction, they will experience complex instruction through an interactive task, and they will leave with action steps for implementing complex instruction within their classrooms and disciplines.

Paul Emerich France
Paul is a National Board Certified Educator in Chicago. His writing has been featured in a number of prominent education publications, such as EdSurge, ASCD’s “Educational Leadership”, and the International Literacy Association’s “Literacy Today.” He has also been featured in the New Yorker. He currently teaches third grade and loves every moment of it.