Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about. Success depends on the ways schools support teachers: providing them with effective professional development focused on making the plan work; embracing their iterations and experiments as they work to continually improve their practices; and ultimately putting them in the position to succeed in targeting instruction, interventions and enrichment, including with actionable information to support personalizing learning for all students. Personalizing learning in this way, and to scale, has great promise to transform our educational practices and substantially improve outcomes.
We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the third class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellows. Applications are online here and will remain open through April 10th. The LELA fellowship remains the only national initiative designed specifically to support public school district leaders in whole-district personalized learning implementation. Fellows from our first and second cohorts included twenty superintendents and assistant superintendents from twelve states, selected from over 100 applicants.
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The personalized learning vision capture of the Juab School District (UT) whose Superintendent, Rick Robins, from the inaugural LELA fellowship, by the Graphic Recording Artist Sophia Liang. The Lexington Institute has selected 27 outstanding district leaders from across the country as finalists for the second cohort of the Lexington Education Leadership Award. Each is a pioneer in the space, ready to do even more to support students and teachers in personalized learning.