Personalized Learning in Practice: How a Risk-Taker Tailored Learning in Her District

Wales, Wis.

A magic wand sits high on a shelf in Patricia Deklotz’s office. It was a gift in 2005, the day after she accepted the Kettle Moraine school board’s challenge to “transform the educational delivery system to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all children.” But the board had just cut about $1 million from the budget for the 4,100-student district.

What “transform” meant was undefined, except Deklotz knew that they needed to do something different for less. Innovate on a dime.

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