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Last March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced every school in America into a remote learning setting. Since then, schools have adopted different 

approaches to adapt traditional learning during this time. This shift shined a spotlight on the need to rethink assumptions about how to deliver learning. 

Next generation learning tailors a student’s educational experience to meet their unique strengths, interests, and needs. In addition, it provides opportunities for increased interaction with teachers and peers and grows student engagement. Next generation learning encourages students to play a greater role – and be more invested – in their learning. 

Coupled with flexibility in learning pace and delivery method, next generation learning is grounded in the idea that students should progress when they demonstrate mastery of key content and skills, regardless of time spent in class or where instruction takes place. In this way, learning becomes the constant, while time, pace, and delivery method become customizable to the student. 



Empower Illinois and ExcelinEd’s new research, Building Resilient School Systems: An Education Flexibility Guide for District and School Leaders, focuses on identifying and describing the types of flexibilities available within Illinois. This inventory can be used and tailored by district and school education leaders to innovate and create next generation learning models.

For a more comprehensive breakdown of the research and flexibility guide, click here.

To see the full research, click here.

To see model policies from our partner, ExcelinEd, click here.

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