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Center Spotlight - CIL

The Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) focuses on the Science of Innovation and Personalized Learning. Within the topic of Science of Innovation, CIL examines change leadership and change processes (improvement, innovation, and transformation). Likewise, CIL addresses several components of personalized learning, such as learning technologies, competency-based education, and personal competencies. Learn more about CIL's current projects and related resources in the topics here.

Handbook on Personalized Learning for States, Districts, and Schools
Resource Type: Practice guide
2016 PDF (pdf)
This Handbook offers 20 chapters to help states, districts, and schools incorporate personalized learning into their instructional framework. Topics include the qualities of personal competencies; co-designing instruction with students; flipped learning; using games and gamification; learning analytics; teacher-student relationships in personalized learning; linguistically-diverse classrooms; and emerging promising practices.
Advancing Personalized Learning Through the Iterative Application of Innovation Science
Resource Type: Practice guide
2016 PDF (pdf)
With its promise to “meet each child where she is and help her achieve her potential”, K–12 education has embraced the idea of personalized learning. This practice guide shows how transformation to personalized learning comes about through a cycle of innovation that is a companion to continuous improvement. Innovation science is the mechanism by which planned change occurs.
High School Competency-Based Education and Post-Secondary Success
Resource Type: Bibliography
2015 PDF (pdf)
This solution-finding report provides information, requested by the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, for a summary of the research or case studies connecting competency-based education (CBE, also referred to as “proficiency-based learning”) at the high school level with success at the post-secondary level.
Getting Better Together Project
Type: Project
This project was undertaken to test the effectiveness of a three-pronged model for continuous school improvement which features : a school-based Leadership Team focused on indicators of effective practice in the Indistar platform; district liaison to support the school Leadership Team; and virtual coaching of the Leadership Team by CIL Education Specialists, with a gradual hand-off to the district liaison.