Personalized Learning Driver Model



The Driver Model is Denver Public Schools’ framework for Personalized Learning (PL), a major initiative to ensure equity for all learners. The primary drivers guide the educators and learners to develop a new type of learning experience for all learners that maximizes opportunities for learner control and achievement. It represents our current understanding about how PL can be implemented within a public school by describing teacher and learner actions along a progressive continuum, from teacher-driven to learner-driven.

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  Foundational Practices


  Relationships All members contribute positively to the school community and work to build trusting, meaningful and authentic relationships.
Culture Learning and teachers consistently demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity, respect, and empathy.
Mindset Mindsets around learner agency, the role of the teacher/learner and growth mindset are shared and demonstrated by stakeholders in the learning community.
Metacognition The process used to plan, monitor, and assess one's understanding and performance.

Primary Drivers

                       Secondary Drivers

Learner Paths

  Learner Profile Data Learners, teachers and families understand each learner’s assets, interests, and needs and use this information along with outcomes data to personlize and drive learning.
Goal Setting & Progress Monitoring Learning and teachers use the learner profile to co-create golas and monitor progress.

Evolving Learner and Teacher Roles

  Learner as Lead, Teacher as Facilitator Learners excercise increased control and responsibility for their learning, and teachers serve as guides by providing support structures and processes.
Learner Collaboration Learners work collaboratively to achieve their learning goals.

Strategic Resource Use

  Strategic Space Learners and teachers design and use space to support learners’ needs and preferences.
Strategic Tech Learners and teachers utilize technology as a resource to expand and deepen the learning experience and outcomes.
Strategic Time Learners are able to create schedules with the teacher’s assistance that meet their educational needs for best learning.
Strategic Community Learners and teachers use community resources and partnerships to support relevancy and personalization.

Developing & Demonstrating Compentencies

  Compentency Based Progression Learners are able to progress at their own pace based on demonstrated compentencies.
Demonstration of Learning Learners demonstrate learning through a variety of authentic means that include application and creation of knowledge and support increasing levels