Mr. John O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools


John O'Brien, Superintendent  

Contact Information:
Lisa Gabriel
Administrative Secretary
Superintendent/School Board

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Superintendent's Message

Dear parents, students, staff, and Kenai Peninsula Borough communities: 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  Even though this global pandemic we are currently experiencing has hampered and changed many of our regular summer plans and routines, I hope everyone took some time to do those activities that help keep you grounded, happy, and healthy.  This year will undoubtably be a challenging one for all of us. More than ever, we will need to work together in making this school year a safe, positive, and productive one for the Kenai Peninsula. Our students, parents, and this community are counting on all of us.

Supporting our students, families, and staff this year during these uncertain times will be our #1 priority. I have every confidence that the KPBSD team we have in place for this coming school year is up for this monumental task. In the meantime, please be safe, be well, and be kind to one another.

Wishing you success and positive impact,

John O'Brien, Superintendent  

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Personalized Learning in KPBSD

Personalized learning shifts from a one-size-fits-all factory model of education to better prepare students for the jobs and needs of their future. The design of instruction and the classroom allow educators to respond to the individual needs of students instead of expecting students to fit the current mold or adapt to unsuccessful learning structures. PL does not replace teachers with computers. Many of our teachers implement elements of PL in their classrooms right now, and we will now build on this foundation to create an even better learning environment. Key elements your child will experience include:   

  • Teachers integrate digital content, which allows for a differentiated path and pace based on individual student needs
  • Teachers use targeted instruction based on specific student needs and learning goals
  • Teachers use current and relevant data to help inform instructional decisions and groupings
  • Students engage in ongoing self-reflection that promotes ownership of their learning 

When will PL formally start in KPBSD schools?  

Every KPBSD school is doing some degree of work with personalized learning. However, the formal work of individual schools and teachers working directly toward personalized learning will be rolled out in three "waves" over the next year.   

  • Wave 1 schools began their work in spring 2017, and will continue in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 2 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 3 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the spring of 2018. 


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KPBSD Personalized Learning Blog  

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