The software company playing a key role in the Verona Area School District’s personalized learning effort is discontinuing most its services.
Epiphany Learning, the vendor selected in 2015 to house student personalized learning plans, has “no intentions of replacing it with successor services,” according to a May 23 email to parents from VASD director of technology and personalized learning Amy Arbogash.
Personalized learning plans will continue, Arbogash wrote, just on a different platform. She called the transition to a new software service an “opportunity” to “better accommodate our needs for student PLPs and align to other district initiatives.”
“It’s important to note that Epiphany Learning was only a software support for our student PLPs,” Arbogash wrote. “Personalized learning in our district was not defined by Epiphany Learning nor will it be defined by any other technology software.”
A person answering the phones Friday at Epiphany said no one there could comment.
Students will be expected to transfer their plans before the end of the school year to other software: Seesaw for K-5 students and Canvas for grades 6-12, according to the email.
“Students will download their PLP from Epiphany before they leave for the summer, and you will hear more in the upcoming school year as students begin their work in the new platform,” Arbogash wrote.
Personalized learning has been a major district initiative for more than five years, with a goal to give students more say in their learning – especially in how they get information and demonstrate their mastery of skills and knowledge.
The plans are customized for each student, and they are expected to eventually include features like a learning styles inventory, a learning skills self-assessment, a section for each student’s strengths and struggles and an outline of goals.
This was the first year every student in the district had a plan, with goal setting and “learner profiles” featured on the software, which is accessible by parents and teachers.
According to its website, the Wauwatosa-based Epiphany is also used in districts including Sun Prairie, Waukesha and Chicago Public Schools.