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Personalized Learning at Gwinnett County Schools

December 12, 2013 9:45am (EST)
IBM and Gwinnett County Public Schools are partnering to help reduce student drop out rates.
IBM and Gwinnett County Public Schools are partnering to help reduce student drop out rates.

The high school drop out rate in the United States is at an alarming rate. On average 8,300 high school students drop out each day. Gwinnett County Public Schools is the 14th largest school district in the US, and they are striving to improve their graduation rates.

Gwinnett County Public Schools has entered into a collaberative relationship with IBM and their Personalized Education Through Analytics on Learning Systems project, aka PETALS. IBM believes that advanced technology is going to change the way students learn and interact. This project will provide a personalized approach of motivating and engaging students through data, analytics, and cognitive technology which will lead to improving academic performance, enhancing teacher effectiveness, increasing college readiness, and reducing student drop out rates.

"As the biggest school district in Georgia, and largest employer in Gwinnett County, we want to lead by example," said Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. "The level of personalized education that the IBM PETALS research project is meant to create will not only make our students more successful within our system, but give them the tools needed to succeed outside our walls, helping to better link curricula with employers' needs, a true measure of economic development."

To learn more about IBM, please click HERE.

All volunteers receive training, free parking and a catered meal provided by Carole Parks Catering.

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