Central Valley Superintendent Rich Hughes has been named a Lexington Education Leadership Fellowship finalist. The Lexington Institute, a non-profit public policy think tank focused on education reform, sponsors this 6-month program to expose district superintendents to personalized learning and facilitate the first steps to implementation within their own districts.
“For the last 100 years, education treated students as if they are all the same. Research and our personal experiences as students tell us that isn’t true,” said Dr. Hughes.
“We are individuals who think and learn differently from those around us. Personalized learning recognizes those differences. If properly adopted in the classroom, it empowers teachers to meet the needs of each student.”
Dr. Hughes said part of Central Valley’s vision statement states the district “will graduate all students as lifelong learners prepared for career and/or college.” Personalized learning replaces the one-size-fits-all education model and genuinely works to reach every student. Only by looking at each student as an individual will the district successfully meet its goal to reach all students.
“It is an honor to be considered a finalist, but helping our Thunder succeed in school and in life is the real reward. If I am one of the ten district superintendents chosen as Fellows, I will have the opportunity to learn strategies to successfully implement personalized learning in our district and to share them with all our Central Valley staff and community,” he said.
If chosen, Dr. Hughes will visit schools and speak with district leaders who have successfully adopted personalized learning. He will attend a national meeting in November 2015 where he will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in personalized learning and receive technical assistance and strategic resources and support to develop a custom personalized learning framework.
“Normally, a district would have to spend thousands of dollars to bring in experts and to purchase support materials to introduce something like this. We would have the chance to learn from the pioneers and make this happen at Central Valley at no cost to our community,” he said.