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053: Forging a Path to Personalize Student Learning

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Too many students are disengaged in the classroom and not enough schools are engaged with their communities. But Marion City Schools are overcoming these challenges as innovators in creating personalized learning environments. Guest Gary Barber shares how schools can bring educators, businesses, and families together to help students feel more connected to learning and to their communities on their journey to graduation.

About today’s guest

Gary Barber started his education career over 25 years ago as a high school teacher, then a principal before being named Superintendent for Marion City Schools and the recipient of several honors. Gary is committed to ensuring that when students graduate from Marion City Schools, they will have earned what is called a Diploma “Plus Acceptance” to college or technical training, a branch of the armed forces or hired to begin a career in a high demand job.

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