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Personalized Deeper Learning: Blueprints for Teaching Complex Cognitive, Social-Emotional, and Digital Skills (A How-To Guide for Deep Learning and Student Engagement With Any Curriculum)

Personalized Deeper Learning: Blueprints for Teaching Complex Cognitive, Social-Emotional, and Digital Skills (A How-To Guide for Deep Learning and Student Engagement With Any Curriculum)

by James A. Bellanca


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Access simple yet powerful personalized learning plans that any teacher—regardless of grade, existing curriculum, or student load—can adapt, scale, and sustain. Achieve deep learning with teaching strategies that foster students' cognitive, digital, and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills.

Use this how-to guide to plan and implement deep learning outcomes:

  • Explore the three critical skill sets needed to thrive in the 21st century: (1) complex cognitive, (2) social-emotional, and (3) digital.
  • Learn how to foster a trusting learning environment that enhances student engagement.
  • Understand how digital-management tools, electronic templates, and websites can help transform the classroom into a place where students experience deeper learning.
  • Observe numerous classroom examples of personalized deeper learning at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • Study specific teaching strategies to enhance learning transfer.



Chapter 1: Personalized Learning Plans

Chapter 2: Engagement

Chapter 3: Outcomes-Driven Instruction and Assessment

Chapter 4: Student Agency

Chapter 5: Skill Transfer

Chapter 6: The Complex Cognition Skill Set

Chapter 7: The Social-Emotional Skill Set

Chapter 8: The Digital Skill Set

Conclusion: Personalized Deeper Learning for a Lifetime

Appendix: Templates

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951075415
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 12/30/2020
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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Bellanca states: 'The aim of personalized learning plans is to advance each student's know-how as an empowered, self-directed learner, knowing how to design, problem-solve, and make decisions as an ever more effective high-agency learner seeking deeper learning outcomes.' This should be the ultimate goal of all of education. In this book, Bellanca has produced an incredibly detailed guide to developing students' abilities to become self-directed learners through the use of personalized learning plans. His audience is educators, both pre-service and in-service, and he provides in-depth explanations and multiple detailed examples of ways to foster deeper personalized learning and student agency. His book is a much-needed and timely resource in any context, but it is especially important in the face of the COVID-19 challenges to education. This valuable resource presents many ways for educators to assist learners to assume more responsibility for their own learning, which is now a critical survival skill. Every educator can benefit from this book!

Lucy Madsen Guglielmino, International Society for Self-Directed Learning board chair, professor emerita, Florida Atlantic University

James Bellanca—educator, professional developer, and a leader of the 21st century skills and learning movement—shares his and his colleagues' experience and learnings in developing and implementing these learning practices over the past twenty-five years. Here, in this new book, he updates those skills, includes more digital skills, and provides teachers with practical how-to tools, including personal learning plans to guide how and what students learn to be 21st century deeper learners.

Bob Pearlman, 21st century school district consultant

James Bellanca has put together an interesting, creative, and informative book on how to combine cognitive, social-emotional, and digital learning into an integrated approach to instruction and learning. He provides practical procedures for teachers and students to follow in applying personalized learning. This book is a valuable addition to his illustrious career of enhancing the effectiveness of instruction.

David W. Johnson, co-director of The Cooperative Learning Center, University of Minnesota and emeritus professor of educational psychology

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