Launched in 2015, the Education Redesign Lab, housed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is leading a national, silo-busting movement to build comprehensive, personalized systems of support and opportunity to ensure that all young people thrive.
What challenge is this solution working to address?
The one-size-fits-all approach, which has guided our current school system since its early 20th century origins, simply does not address the complex and varied needs of today’s children, particularly those living in poverty,” said Paul Reville, founding director of the Education Redesign Lab. “We believe Success Plans have the potential to transform a factory system of schooling into a targeted, customized system that has the capacity to realize our urgent goal of preparing all of our children for success.” The report, Success Plans: Promising Tools for Customizing Student Supports and Opportunities explores the potential of personalized, “success planning” systems through an analysis of 13 organizations and agencies implementing different types of plans.
In April 2019, the Education Redesign Lab released a new report identifying personalized Success Plans as a promising strategy to support children both in and outside of school, along with a toolkit to guide communities to develop and implement what it refers to as Success Plans.
The report and toolkit offer recommendations and a roadmap to communities interested in developing Success Plans, which bring together schools, government agencies and community-based providers to identify students’ strengths, interests and needs, and then matches children and youth with customized and comprehensive supports and opportunities. There is growing evidence of the positive impact of customizing student supports.
This Solution Is Agile Because…
It puts the learner at the center of their education, helping them to maximize their strengths and opportunities for learning growth through a customized learning plan.