Mark Zuckerberg visted the students and teachers at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, California.

students and teachers at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, California.
students and teachers at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, California.
Last week, I got a chance to sit down with students and teachers at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, California. Everest is part of the Summit Public Schools network, and the students I met are helping to shape a new education approach called personalized learning.

When you think about it, education has worked about the same way for the last century. You've got a classroom full of students being taught by a single teacher, and everyone is learning the same thing in the same way at the same pace.
With personalized learning, students can learn in the way that makes the most sense to them -- whether it's by watching videos, reading, working together or doing practice problems. If you get a subject really quickly, you can go ahead. If you need more time, you can take it.
Personalized learning is also about helping students learn skills and problem solving instead of just memorizing answers. As one of the Everest students I met said, "We just get to do so many hands on projects that actually connect to the real world and we feel like what we’re doing is actually substantial."
It's still early, but the initial results we've seen from personalized learning schools are very promising. A study by the Gates Foundation found that students in schools with a personalized learning model made significantly greater gains in math and reading -- and students who started out furthest behind made the most progress. Last year, across the first 19 Summit Personalized Learning schools, almost 90% of teachers said they'd recommend it to other teachers.
That's why we're working on personalized learning both at Facebook and as part of our philanthropy.
At Facebook, our engineers are helping build the Summit Personalized Learning Platform software that empowers teachers to customize instruction for every student. And Priscilla and I have also made personalized learning a big focus of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative because we think it holds a lot of promise for kids and teachers around the world.
What students and teachers at Everest -- and all the Summit schools -- are doing is really special. They're making the most of the opportunities they have, but they also feel a responsibility to help shape the way kids everywhere learn. It makes me even more excited to bring personalized learning tools to as many students and teachers as we can.
Mark Zuckerberg visted the students and teachers at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, California.  Mark Zuckerberg visted the students and teachers at Everest Public High School in Redwood City, California. Reviewed by lawson james on October 28, 2016 Rating: 5

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