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Our Partnership Introduction


Our Partnership

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Our Partnership Introduction


Our Partnership

This partnership was started as a part of the California Consortium for Development and Dissemination of Personalized Learning, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed collaboration between Summit Public Schools and Lindsay Unified School District. The first year of the grant was dedicated to the leaders of each system exploring each other’s context, checking for compatibility of approaches, and finding a shared need based on a shared philosophy for teaching and learning.

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The team recognized early in our conversations that there is a significant need to better define the practice (knowledge, dispositions, skills) of all the adults who support a personalized learning model. Together, by learning from one another, building and testing content, and then sharing key insights with field, the team hoped to make an impact on their own systems and beyond.

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Building the Team (Phase II)


Building the Team (Phase II)

Building the Team (Phase II)


Building the Team (Phase II)

Realizing there would be a tremendous opportunity to deepen and advance adult learning agnostic of governing systems, Summit and Lindsay embarked on this work. Summit and Lindsay brought on a research team comprised of the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University (CPRL) and Transcend, a non-profit R&D partner focused on innovation in school models, to support the collaboration and building efforts (see more about Phase II).

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Learning and Building Together


Learning and Building Together

Learning and Building Together


Learning and Building Together

This collaboration between Summit, Lindsay, and Transcend produced actionable resources (see The Resources). Equally important to the resources we co-created are the deep collaboration and camaraderie that has grown from cautious and collegial beginnings. With a foundation of deep respect, we spent time early on identifying our commonalities and recognizing and celebrating our differences. We visited each other’s schools, reviewed each other’s strategic plans, and held each other to very high standards of work to advance the field. Specifically, this looked like Summit consistently bringing a strong research lens to the shared work and encouraging the team to constantly measure the impact of the team’s actions to ensure our work would be tangibly helpful to schools. Lindsay constantly pushed the team to center around learners; this inspired the creation of the Student Impact Framework, which ensures that every adult action is designed to positively impact students. Transcend provided systematic partnership in designing learning experiences for the team to improve the collective thinking and pushed the team to iterate and get better with every step of the project. We hoped that this partnership might act as a model of collaboration between a public school district, a public charter organization, and a non-profit R&D organization that share a common vision and join hands to collaborate (see reflections from our team).

Living our shared value of the importance of inclusiveness and multiple perspectives, we iterated with various experts in the personalized learning and equity spaces, as well as educators, site leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure that what we create will resonate with adults and students from all backgrounds / lived experiences while creating equitably personalized learning for all students.

We have learned a lot together in this partnership, and we hope this two-year partnership is a launching pad for many future partnerships between Summit and Lindsay, and that it can inspire other school systems to engage in similar partnerships and learning together.

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