K-12 District Leaders Working to Expand Personalized Learning Meet in St. Louis


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

--AASA Cohort Serving as National Foundation for Building
 Personalized Learning Schools and Districts--

Alexandria, Va. – September 18, 2019 – Superintendents and other school system leaders working to expand the personalized learning environment in our nation’s classrooms are gathering at Mehlville School District in St. Louis, Mo., September 23-25, 2019, as part of AASA’s Personalized Learning Cohort.

The meeting will be hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in partnership with Mehlville Schools and Altitude Learning. Key objectives include defining the critical elements of growing the personalized learning movement, identifying focus areas to support the AASA cohort and developing plans to support cohort members and their districts.

“Personalized learning for students and staff has become part of nearly every conversation about the future of education,” said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network. “Yet, it’s one of those discussions calling out for leadership and direction. AASA is front and center in leading the professional discourse, in developing and researching models, and in creating networks that support colleagues through this important initiative. We are very pleased to be holding our meeting at Mehlville Schools and thank Chris Gaines and his staff for hosting us.” 

“We are looking forward to bringing champions of personalized learning into our community to allow them to see for themselves what is working here and to discuss winning strategies focused on what is working in their districts,” said Chris Gaines, superintendent, Mehlville School District, and past president of AASA. “A proven way to increase student voice and choice, and ultimately drive engagement, is through the AASA Personalized Learning Cohort because it’s bolstering positive change in public education from coast to coast.”

Launched in 2015, the AASA Personalized Learning Cohort has been bringing together visionary leaders who have personalized learning environments in their school districts. The professional leadership program provides superintendents with opportunities throughout the year to share successful models of personalized learning with an eye toward working as “critical friends,” as action steps are developed on behalf of local school districts.

During last spring’s cohort meeting, superintendents visited the North Penn School District in Lansdale, Pa. Read a related story and watch a short video capturing highlights from the Pennsylvania 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 at msherman@aasa.org or Debbie Magee, program manager, at dmagee@aasa.org.

To join the conversation via Twitter, access the hashtags #LearnPLinAction and #AASAPersonalizedLrng. Educators are also encouraged to participate in the next live chat, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, by accessing #LearnPLinAction. The chat begins at 6:00 p.m. (ET).


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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.