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Personalized Learning as an Emerging National Priority

The AASA Personalized Learning (PL) Cohort is five years old and continues to evolve and expand its work to support equity in our public schools by creating student-centered learning environments.  Over the past few years, the PL Cohort has identified priority focus areas with members working collaboratively to share research, data, exemplars, and resources around critical elements of personalized learning.

Twice a year the PL Cohort comes together for an in-person meeting that includes school and district visits.  Cohort members share how inspired they are by the incredible work happening in districts across our nation. They consistently confirm how empowering it is to come together with innovative educators to re-imagine, redefine, and redesign learning through the process of personalization.

This year the in-person sessions will have some additions with “Give & Take” and “Exemplar” activities being planned.  Additionally, the PL Cohort convenings provide participants the opportunity to learn from business leaders and from experts in areas such as brain research and micro-credentialing.  In the spring the Cohort will hear from Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D. Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education.

The PL Cohort is supported by Altitude Education, acting as a sponsor, partner,  and thought leader. The American Institute for Research (AIR) will present a possibility for PL Cohort districts to partner with AIR to complete case studies on personalization.   These opportunities help Cohort members better frame and support their leadership work involving personalized learning.

Another exciting change for the PL Cohort is the establishment of a Cohort Advisory comprised of individuals from member districts.  The Advisory will be tasked with providing ongoing advice and counsel to drive additional changes to improve the work of this group.  Suggestions from this dedicated group have already resulted in such great additions as a new PL Cohort Blog (  The monthly Twitter Chat, #LearnPLinAction, will continue to be held the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. EST with an impressive line-up of guest hosts.

The latest in-person meeting for the PL Cohort took place on September 23-25, 2019, with a visit to the Mehlville School District in the St Louis, Missouri area.  Superintendent Chris Gaines is leading several exciting and innovative initiatives that support student-centered learning.  In the spring, the Cohort meeting will be held in Ithaca, New York, March 30 – April 1, 2020, with the Superintendent of the Ithaca City Schools, Luvelle Brown, hosting a district visit.

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