Our story begins a few decades ago with Joe Renzulli, PhD., and Sally Ries, PhD., education researchers who pioneered influential new models to describe student learning. Their research centered on how personalization and differentiation—constructed around a student’s interests, learning styles, and expression styles—inspire learning. The Renzulli Learning System is the culmination of these years of research, and if you are a fan of student-centered, personalized, project-centered and uplifting pedagogy, read on to see how we use the Renzulli model to make learning truly personal.
A student’s first experience with Renzulli Learning is with the Renzulli Profiler, a detailed online questionnaire that allows the Renzulli software to generate a personal profile of each student’s top interests, learning styles, and expression styles, making it easier for teachers to get to know their students and effectively differentiate instruction. Once a profile is generated, students and teachers may use it to guide their exploration of the 40,000 online educational resources in the Renzulli database. Students can engage in self-directed learning by exploring safe, fully-vetted resources that have been specifically matched to their individual profiles, and teachers can browse the database of resources to find activities that align to specific objectives, skills, or state and Common Core Standards.
To support Common Core and state standards success Renzulli Learning can be used to have students:
- Analyze informational texts, argue and defend a point of view
- Research and draw information from multiple sources
- Use mathematics to describe and solve real-world problems
- Demonstrate deeper learning through projects and tasks
The resources in the Renzulli Learning System place a strong emphasis on the problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills that are often neglected in a “drill-and-kill” environment. This helps ensure that learners become college and career ready while developing the thinking and reasoning skills that prepare them for state and Common Core assessments.
We believe that an engaged student is more likely to invest in learning and that building a curriculum around student strengths empowers teachers to make a difference in the lives of their students. The Renzulli Learning System allows students to apply, deepen, and extend their learning so that, in the words of Joe Renzulli, there is “no child left bored.”