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Personalized Learning

Every member of the Mason City Schools community is a learner. We engage in meaningful, relevant, and continuous learning for all!

Our Definition of
Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning is a progressively learner-driven design where learners deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, and rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes. 


All learning is personal

A learner's identity (both academic and social), prior knowledge, curiosities, and strengths are essential components of meaningful learning.

Everyone can learn

Each learner can attain rigorous learning outcomes when given the opportunity and support that incorporates the knowledge that the learners bring to the learning community .

All Learners can grow skills & mindsets to navigate challenges

Purposeful learning includes intentional opportunities to self discover the skills and mindsets necessary to engage in worthy challenges.


Personalized learning is a blend of classical instructional practices along with more contemporary methods of instruction that encourage a deeper level of thinking about learning. As a community of learners, we are all on this journey together.  Created and refined by teams of Mason City Schools teachers from all grade levels and content areas, the Personalized Learning Design Principles are the lens through which we view our learning design. When we personalize learning, we put the learner at the center of our consideration as we plan and develop learning experiences. Each component is mindfully considered to help teachers create amazing experiences alongside our learners.




Mason City Schools’ Personalized Learning guide was designed to help define what we mean when we talk about our Personalized Learning Big Rock. It was co-created by a team of teacher leaders, administrators, and learning experience designers alongside Allison Zmuda, our expert partner in personalized learning. The development of this guide has been informed through the practice and feedback of educators making small moves in their classrooms throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

PL Guide