Personalized Learning in Action: Luis de la Fuente's TEDx Talk

March 12, 2014
Amy Wilson
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students

As senior director of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Luis de la Fuente has spent the past five years observing and nurturing the development of technologies and strategies that have the potential to change the face of America’s classrooms. Rather than relying on the age-old portrait of 30 desks in neat rows, de la Fuente envisions a place where “each student will benefit from a learning experience that is unique, interactive, and tailored for her … to where she is and how she learns best.”

This approach is called personalized learning.

In a recent TEDx talk, he describes programs at model schools around the country where teachers are engaged in this kind of approach and seeing incredible results for students. He stresses the important role that skilled teachers play in this model and acknowledges that although technology can provide interesting opportunities for differentiated instruction, it is the guiding hand of an excellent teacher that makes it all work.

“In fact,” de la Fuente says, “great teachers are the most important factor in a child’s school experience. But by bringing together the best of technology with the best of teaching, we can give all students a richer learning experience and give teachers the tools and support they need to reach every student.”

See his entire TEDx talk here:



About Luis de la Fuente Luis de la Fuente develops and manages a portfolio of grants to school districts, charter management organizations, and innovative non-profits working to improve urban public education. He leads the foundation’s work to re-envision and transform today’s classroom to offer a more personalized experience for every teacher and student. De la Fuente has a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of California, San Francisco.

About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)