Goal One of our 2018 strategic plan recognizes the need for more personalized learning to maximize student potential.  As a result, in 2013 we received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to take a deeper dive into CMS’s strategic plan. We created a system design team that consisted of many different stakeholders. The system design team completed a needs assessment and started vetting out what personalized learning should look like in CMS.

The team researched what personalized learning looked like in other districts through visitations and interviews, along with looking at the best practices researchers were discussing. Through this research we realized that this was going to have to be a very intentional instructional shift. We learned this was going to be hard for CMS, as we have been a managed instruction district. We understand we need to make a shift in the classroom to a teacher facilitated and student ownership model. To do this, we need to be purposeful and roll this out so it is not looked at as “another thing”. We created an implementation, change management and a resource plan.

Our goal for this initiative is to help support schools in implementing personalization in order to grow achievement through innovation. Coaching support is important for implementation, which is why we created a Personalized Learning Institute. During this Personalized Learning Institute, teachers, principals and support staff are actively learning together about personalized learning and how they can design it for their school based on the foundation cornerstones of whole child, student ownership, mastery learning and paces, playlists and pathways. Each school completes an action plan, risk management assessment and a professional development plan within their personalized learning design teams.

Throughout the year the schools receive intensive professional learning experience customized for their school’s needs along with having a Personalized Learning Coach. We also offer a Personalized Learning Course Catalog that is filled with different professional development sessions by cornerstone. 

Here is our PL Roadmap visually!

Meet the CMS PL Team!

Read about CMS Personalized Learning in local and national articles!

Check out our data in our ‘Evaluation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Personalized Learning Initiative‘!

Personalized Learning Cohort Four: 2017-2018 

Mallard Creek ES – Shalinda Williams
Torrence Creek ES – TBA
Merancas Middle College – Jametta Tanner

Highland Renaissance Academy – Chuck Fortuna

Berewick ES – Mojdeh Henderson
McAlpine ES – Dina Modine
Olympic TEAM HS – Erik Olejarczyk
Olympic METS HS – TBA
Olympic Leadership HS – Monique Hicks

Lebanon Road ES – Janelle Styons
Joseph W. Grier Academy – Theresa Townsend

New Old Newell (new school name coming soon) – Toyia Matthews

Performance Learning Center (PLC) – Harrison Conyers
eLearning – Tracey Pickard

Personalized Learning Cohort Three: 2016-2017 

Idlewild ES – Larenda Denien
Oakhurst ES – Tisha Greene
McClintock MS – Mark McHugh
Randolph MS – Brian Bambauer

Barnette ES – Lynanne Missy Gabriel
Huntersville ES – Jeff Ruppenthal
JV Washam – Paula Rao

Merry Oaks – Brittany Slagle
Garinger – Kelly Gwaltney

Elon Park – Kelly Dowdy
Smithfield ES – Allison Plunkett

Morehead – Kevin Woods
Philip O Berry – Terra Kennedy

Personalized Learning Cohort Two: 2015-2016

Irwin ES – Vanessa Ashford
Piedmont IB MS – Jackie  Barone

Highland Creek ES – Ernest Saxton
Long Creek ES – Felisa Simpson
North Meck HS – Sonya McInnis

North East – Garinger Feeder
Winterfield ES – Angela Grant

Pineville ES – Brian Doerer
River Gate ES – Kimberly Odom
Winget Park ES – Jason Bissinger
Olympic – Bio Tech HS – Angela Bozeman

West Harding/Phillip O. Berry Feeder
Montclaire ES – Emily Miles
Sedgefield MS – Erik Turner

West- West Mecklenburg Feeder
River Oaks ES – Marilyn Osborne
Whitewater MS – Beth Thompson

Bain ES – Tracey Hayes
Matthews ES – Jessica Blanchard
Mint Hill MS – Steven Drye

Project Lift
Ashley Park – Meaghan Loftus

Personalized Learning Cohort One: 2014-2015 

Eastover ES – Susan Nichols
Carmel MS – LeDuan Pratt

Grand Oak ES – Ray Giovanelli
Ridge Rd MS – Leah Davis

North East – Vance Feeder
Newell ES – Lydia Fergison
MLK MS – Jennifer Dean

North East – Garinger Feeder
Devonshire ES – Brooke Hough

Hawk Ridge ES – Mike Drye
Lake Wylie ES – TBA
Kennedy MS – Kevin Sudimack
Olympic Renaissance HS – Tamara Hines

West Harding/Phillip O. Berry Feeder
Barringer Academic ES – Stephanie Range
Pinewood ES- Natashia Pegram

West- West Mecklenburg Feeder
Whitewater ES – Lauren Bloom
Tuckaseegee ES – Rhonda Gomez