PERSONALIZATION IN PRACTICE is a study documenting how teachers, leaders, and students experience Personalized Learning in Wisconsin Schools.

Personalized Learning places the interests and abilities of learners at the center of their education experience. Educators develop environments in which students and teachers together build plans for learners to achieve both interest-based and standards-based goals.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have partnered with The Institute @ CESA 1 to coordinate the study and work with our chosen schools.

The outcomes of the study will map what personalized learning looks like in practice, to develop a conceptual model of the variables involved in personalized learning, and to identify design principles to implement personalized learning at scale.


  • To capture the Institute@CESA 1 theory of action for personalized learning.
  • To document how personalized learning actually works a variety of schools.
  • To explore how students experience personalized learning and the role they play in organizing their learning activities.
  • To understand how educators use technologies and pedagogies to orchestrate personalized learning.


  • What does personalized learning look like in schools?
  • What is the relation of personalized learning strategies to organizational and student outcomes?
  • What are the design principles that will lead to personalized learning at scale?