About the Innovative Districts Empowering All Learners (IDEAL) Cohort

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AASA’s Innovative Districts Empowering All Learners (IDEAL) Cohort works collaboratively to research, inspire, empower, and amplify educators’ work to create student-centered, future leaning, equity focused education.

The IDEAL Cohort seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what learners need to create the most dynamic learning environment possible. Members of the IDEAL Cohort work to realize a new vision for empowering all learners and share examples of the most outstanding practices for personalizing and individualizing learning.

The Cohort will work to overcome organizational barriers and to create a sustainable network supporting ownership of learning for all members of the learning community.

Objectives 

  • Cohort members will identify how equity is being addressed as the foundation for all components of student-centered learning. 
  • Cohort members will work to identify what learners need to create the most dynamic learning environment possible with a focus on personalizing learning. 
  • Cohort members will work collaboratively on innovations that help transform systems to ensure future focused learning environments in our districts.  

Essential Questions 

  • What examples of outstanding practices have we identified in the work to transform learning to ensure a student-centered, future focused education for ALL learners?
  • What learnings can we share about creating a dynamic learning environment in our districts where students become co-authors of their learning?
  • How is equity being addressed as the foundation for all components of student- centered learning?
  • How are we building a culture and systems that remove barriers so all learners can thrive?
  • How are we transforming the educational system to support student learning for the new century?
  • How can we support each other as we move forward?

As learning has taken a turn to a more personalized, individualized nature, we must make the necessary adjustments to continue to provide the most dynamic, learning environments for the whole learner. AASA’s Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education is an initiative that calls us to redesign our public schools. It calls for a holistic design with schools meeting the needs of the whole learner.

AASA’s IDEAL Cohort, focuses on the principles behind Innovative Districts Empowering All Learners. The IDEAL Cohort seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what learners need to create the most dynamic learning environment possible.

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Who Should Participate?
 

Any district leader who is interested in furthering the work to create future-focused, student-centered education, particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and program/building leaders. 

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What are the benefits of joining the Cohort? 

By joining AASA's IDEAL Cohort, you will:

  • Discover the power of equity- focused, student-centered education
  • Explore best practices in personalization and engage in research to determine what will transform the learning environment in our nation’s public districts
  • Work to overcome organizational barriers and to create a sustainable network supporting ownership of learning for all members of the learning community
  • Work collaboratively with innovative educators from across the nation – including superintendents, district administrators and topic experts – to research, inspire, empower and amplify the work to transform education
  • Gain a network of colleagues who are embracing building student-centered environments utilizing a personalized approach to learning in their district 

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 Programs Dates & Details 

Cohort meetings will be held as follows:

In-Person

September 26-28, 2022 (Maine Township District #207, Chicago, IL) 

February 16, 2023 (During the National Conference on Education in San Antonio, TX)

April 2-4, 2023 (Location TBD based on cohort input)

Virtual

August 10, 2022  

November 30, 2022 

May 31, 2023

Virtual meetings are held via Zoom from 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

2022 IDEAL Summit 

The IDEAL cohort also hosts a one-day Summit for participants, guests and those interested in the work we are doing.

The Summit is September 26, 2022, from 8am – 3:30pm CT immediately preceding our first Cohort meeting in Maine Township District #307 in Chicago, IL. 

The Summit is free to cohort members and $500 for AASA members or $600 for non-members. We will provide cohort participants with a link for complimentary registration. 

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Co-Leads 

Gail Pletnick, AASA Past President 

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 Ken Wallace, Superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207

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  Program Fees 

Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000  
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If you would like to bring team members or guests to our In-Person session, the cost will be $200.  You are welcome to bring your teams to our Virtual sessions.

The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.


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Questions?

Contact AASA program coordinator, Stephanie St. John at sstjohn@aasa.org.

AASA would like to thank SchoolLinks for providing support to help make this program possible.

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