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Personalized Deeper Learning

Blueprints for Teaching Complex Cognitive, Social-Emotional, and Digital Skills

By: James A. Bellanca

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.

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A how-to guide for deep learning and student engagement with any curriculum

Foster deeper learning with two templates—one for students, the other for teachers—that increase student agency and learning transfer within critical skill sets. Any teacher—regardless of grade, existing curriculum, or student load—can adapt, scale, and sustain these powerful personalized learning plans. Chapters include driving questions, concrete strategies, helpful tool examples, playlists, sample rubrics, and more.

  • 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 in a digital curriculum.
  • Understand how digital-management tools, electronic templates, and websites can help transform the classroom into a place where students experience deeper learning and higher-order thinking.
  • Observe numerous classroom examples of personalized deeper learning at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • Study specific teaching strategies to enhance learning transfer.

Related Topics

21st Century SkillsInstructionSocial-Emotional LearningStudent EngagementTechnology


Additional Information

Product Code: BKF975, EKF538

ISBN: 9781951075415

Published By: Solution Tree

“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 Cooperative Learning Center, University of Minnesota and emeritus professor of educational psychology

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