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Personalized Learning Challenge

Apply to take your district to the next level

Personalized Learning Challenge for School districts  



The “Personalized Learning Challenge” is an open-call to leaders and educators to meet the challenge of preparing all students for their future by imagining, designing, and implementing innovative organization designs, instructional models, and professional development. 10 winners will be selected by our panel of celebrity judges. Winners can choose from three prize options:

  • District Strategy Session focused on Personalized Learning
  • District Workshop to develop a foundation and mindset for Personalized Learning
  • Learning Walks + "Onpoint" Personalized Learning Benchmark Assessment

The first 10 applicants will receive a free Rocketbook Everlast.

Why You Should Apply

There are a lot of things you can do on your own. But personalized learning doesn't need to be one of them.

Over the past nearly 7 years Education Elements has supported over 120 districts and over 600 schools to meet the needs of learners every day. Through our work we have developed deep expertise that we build on with every new district we support.  We amplify the strengths of each district and school leadership team while filling in the gaps.

We know that personalized learning is hard to do; and we want to help you to do it well by identifying the support that will best fit your needs and move your district forward.

Personalized Learning Challenge winners will have the opportunity to partner with Education Elements to take your next steps around personalized learning through one of three personalized prizes. You will benefit from our experience and our expertise.

Read more about our approach and our district partners

To Win

  • Submit 3 short video responses, one each from the Superintendent/CAO, School Leader, and Teacher/Coach.  
  • The three videos should do the following:

  1. Outline why your district is interested in personalized learning. [Superintendent, <1 minute]
  2. Talk about what your school has already done, or plans to do, around personalized learning and why. [Principal, <2 minutes]
  3. Talk about why PL excites you and how you think it will impact your students. [Teacher/Coach, <3 minutes]

To receive their prize, winning superintendents must agree by November 30, 2017 to a contract. Winners must also agree to receive the consulting services awarded from the prize at a mutually agreeable time between January 2 and February 28, 2018.


Application Information 

  • Application is open from August 16 through September 29, 2017 at 5pm PT
  • Winners are expected to be announced on Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Prizes are expected to be delivered January and February of 2018




 Celebrity Judges 


Michael Horn

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Entangled Ventures, an education technology studio, and as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a nonprofit think tank.

Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations. 


Dena Cushenberry 

Dr. Dena Cushenberry is the Superintendent of Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN. She has been in public education for over thirty-one years. She started her career with MSD Warren Township in 1999. During that time she has been an assistant principal at the middle school level and principal at the elementary. Dr. Cushenberry opened Liberty Park Elementary School in 2002-2003 and in 2008 Liberty Park was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. In 2008, Dr. Cushenberry moved to central office where she served as the Associate and Deputy Superintendent from 2008-2012. She was appointed as Superintendent in April of 2012.

Under her leadership, MSD Warren won The Race to the Top grant in 2012. Warren Township School district received also an Inspire and Engage Award at the Personalized Learning Summit in May in San Francisco


Betsy Corcoran 

Betsy (Elizabeth) Corcoran is the EdSurge founder & CEO. Betsy is responsible for keeping the whole EdSurge-operation running. Betsy was previously Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes Media. Earlier she was an award-winning staff writer for the Washington Post and Scientific American. She has led professional development workshops on using IT in a public elementary school, where she also learned the fine art of coaxing incompatible systems to talk with one another and how to tame dust bunnies.

She is a frequent speaker at conferences and was named a “Rock Star” of education in 2013 and is a pro bono advisor to several charter schools and the AT&T Aspire edtech accelerator. Her energetic teenage boys are in, or graduated from, public high school. She has a BA in economics and math from Georgetown University. 




Have questions? We have answers for you. Check out our FAQ page here.

Videos, copies of your videos, as well as your entry information may be used on the EE website, on EE Social Media channels, and may be used in other communication materials (such as being featured on our newsletters, blogs, press releases etc). If you wish to remove your videos from this use, please email personalizedprizes@edelements.com before October 20th, 2017.


PL Challenge Partners 

We're thankful for our partners who support Personalized Learning for every student, through their support of our Personalized Learning Challenge



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