Superintendents Meet in Va. Beach for AASA’s Personalized Learning Summit


James Minichello 
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 Consortium Serving as National Foundation for Building Personalized Learning Schools and Districts

Alexandria, Va. – April 25, 2018 – Superintendents and other educators who are leading the way in shaping the nation’s personalized learning movement in our schools are meeting in Virginia Beach, April 25-27, as part of the 2017-18 AASA Personalized Learning Cohort.

The meeting will be hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Education Elements and Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

“Gone are the days when schools are molded to resemble ‘one-size-fits-all’ institutions,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “The personalized learning movement needs to be happening in every school district. There is a growing cadre of AASA members driving this movement not only in their home districts, but throughout the country. This meeting will provide ample opportunities for superintendents to network and exchange successful models of how personalized learning is having a positive effect on the students they serve.” 

Objectives of the three-day gathering will include:

  • Cohort members will develop a vision and definition for personalized learning. 
  • Cohort members will identify specific focus areas of interest for personalized learning to support their work. 
  • Cohort members will work towards developing plans to support each other to expand personalized learning in their respective districts.

“As part of the personalized learning curriculum in our school district, students are setting their own goals, monitoring their own progress and reflecting on their own learning,” said Aaron Spence, superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools. “Our program is supported through the purposeful use of technology as we empower the learner to become more self-directed and self-reliant. We look forward to hosting the AASA Personalized Learning Cohort so other superintendents can get a firsthand look at personalized learning in action here in Virginia Beach.”

During last fall’s cohort meeting, superintendents visited Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where more than 60 schools in the district are using personalized learning. (Watch a short video capturing highlights from the Charlotte meeting.) “We need to abandon traditional practices of 20th century factory-based classrooms of rows of desks, and we really need to dig down deep and determine how each student learns best,” said Jeff Thake, superintendent, Amboy, Ill., Community Unit School District 272, at the meeting.      

To learn more about the program, visit the AASA Personalized Learning cohort web page, which includes AASA’s recently produced case studies featuring several members of the cohort. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership services, at or Debbie Magee, program manager, at

To join the conversation via Twitter, access the hashtags #LearnPLinAction and #AASAPersonalizedLrng


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit