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The Center bases its understanding of innovations in learning on two learning levers: managing the curriculum and personalizing learning. An idea spawns a discovery that leads to an invention that, through innovation, is adapted or refined for specific uses or in particular contexts. An innovation replaces the standard product, program, practice, or process with something better, thus creating a new standard.

  • Innovation for Students with Disabilities

    The Institute for Disabilities (IOD) collaborates with the Center and provides expert technical assistance on personalized learning for students with disabilities, including technology-aided personalization. Three fields of study are ripe for innovation in this area: universal design for learning (UDL), accessible instructional materials (AIMs), and assistive technology (AT).

  • Personalized Learning

    By personalizing learning, teachers build in each student the capacity and desire to master the taught curriculum and to pursue personal interests beyond the scope of the curriculum and the confines of the classroom. Students vary greatly in what they learn, how much they learn, the pace at which they learn, and their ability to apply their learning.

  • Learning In and Out of School

    Some innovations in learning (i.e., social media, network devices, and web-based learning programs) certainly facilitate learning outside of school. This Center focuses on how the school prepares students for out-of-school learning and enables students to integrate their out-of-school learning with their learning in school.

  • Learning Technology

    The amount of information technology and connectivity bring to our doorstep is overwhelming, but the same technology provides new tools to sort, filter, select, organize, and display information. Technology dramatically increases a teacher's ability to identify and manage the needs of many students, and for students to access a large variety of interventions, content, resources, and learning opportunities everywhere at any time.

  • Innovation for Better Learning Outcomes

    Improvements is the incremental process of bringing actual practice closer to conventional best practice. Transformation is a dramatic repurposing of the school. Innovation replaces best (standard) practice with better practice, setting new practice standards.


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