Public School District Leaders Working to Expand Personalized Learning Meet in Pennsylvania


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

Alexandria, Va. – March 15, 2019 – Superintendents and other school district administrators championing the creation of personalized learning environments are gathering in Pennsylvania, March 18-20, as part of AASA’s Personalized Learning Cohort.

The leadership of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit will kick off the meeting in King of Prussia by providing an overview of the partnership between MCIU and the Institute for Personalized Learning, as well as share details about the Leadership Design Academy Model. In addition, superintendents and other educators will see personalized learning in action when they visit classrooms at the North Penn School District in nearby Lansdale.

The meeting is being hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in partnership with AltSchool.

“The exceptional leaders who comprise the AASA Personalized Learning Cohort are creating student voice and student choice through learning pathways that foster a value for learning and for professional development,” said Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, leadership network. “I applaud the superintendents and other district-level leaders who are joining us for this meeting because they are the pioneers of this important movement that is spreading rapidly throughout this country for the benefit of our students.”   

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.

“The North Penn School District (NPSD) is proud to support AASA’s Personalized Learning Cohort by welcoming school district leaders from across the country to our community to view examples of personalized learning,” said Curtis R. Dietrich, superintendent, NPSD. “We are excited to work with various thought leaders who are championing personalized learning. Together we are creating successful, individualized learning models for students that will optimize their educational experiences.”

During last fall’s cohort meeting, superintendents visited the Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Ariz. Read a related story and watch a short video capturing highlights from the Arizona 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 Sherman 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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit