What is Breakthrough?
With a history of piloting blended and personalized learning, the Henry Elementary team proposed a bold end-design that can have national implications. As the recipients of the $280,000 Breakthrough Grant through LEAP Innovations, Henry began implementing during the 2016-2017 school year student-selected courses and catalogues, 10-week units designed around student needs and interests, and a personal learning advisor who will help students with goal-setting and choosing courses.
"The Patrick Henry Personalized Learning Initiative (PHPL) empowers students to take an active role in their learning by providing authentic opportunities for student voice and choice, developing SEL competencies, multiple pathways to mastery, and creating real-world learning partnerships that develop connections with communities. Student activities and options are rigorous and aligned to standards, and students are empowered to use and understand their own data to set personal goals and chart their success. The PHPL initiative fosters greater student independence while enabling teachers to facilitate collaboration and connections within students' individualized learning and goals."
Components of Henry's Breakthrough Innovation
Voice and Choice