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.
LELA fellows met with Richard Culatta at the US Department of Education in Washington DC Last week on October 14, the first cohort of the Lexington Education Leadership Awards (LELA Fellowship) met in Washington D.C for a final celebration and showcase. Each of the ten superintendents and assistant superintendents had to give a pitch on their vision for personalized learning in their district, visited a school, met with the US Department of Education, and spent time learning from us and each other. It was a day of sharing strategies from across the country, building lasting relationships, and developing next steps to realize the vision.
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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.
Over the past few months Education Elements has had the pleasure of partnering with the Lexington Institute to provide support to its first class of Lexington Education Leadership Award fellows. As part of this support, we have been working with the ten district leaders selected to support the development of their personalized learning vision and helping them to take the next steps towards implementation. Lexington Institute just announced applications are open for a second round of fellows and we can't wait to see who gets selected as one of ten for this next round.
Last week, 225 personalized learning leaders descended on Silicon Valley for the Education Elements PL Summit, which included visits to schools and businesses, and dynamic discussions about personalized learning at the San Jose TECH museum. Keynote speakers and company tours left participants inspired to create school environments where educators take risks and collaborate, and ultimately help today’s kindergarteners grow up ready for team-centric and innovative workplaces of tomorrow.