This post was written by: Nik Namba, Ross Lipstein, Andy Goldin, Bobby Canosa-Carr, Jane Bryson, Stacey Wang, and Jeff Wetzler.


Join us at iNacol as we unveil three Personalized Learning resources: Instructional Look Fors, Site Level Conditions, and Personalized Learning Mindsets!

“Personalized learning” is being piloted by schools in pockets nationwide. Despite common misconceptions, personalized learning has less to do with technology and more to do with ensuring that every student has the experiences she needs to build the knowledge, skills and habits for thriving and living a fulfilled life in this rapidly-changing world.  Schools and educators are embracing this challenge and seeking ways to foster personalized learning environments.


The Collaboration

For the past two years, Lindsay Unified School District, Summit Public Schools, and Transcend have partnered to create a set of resources for themselves and the field to around high quality personalized learning. Despite working in different contexts, serving both rural and urban students, these organizations share similar values and beliefs.

This unique collaboration -- which spans boundaries across a district organization, a charter organization, and a national nonprofit -- has been truly exciting to participate in. Lindsay Unified School District serves over 4,100 students in the agricultural setting of Tulare County, CA, and has aligned the entire district to a personalized, performance-based model of education. Summit Public Schools operates a public school system in California and Washington, and it shares its personalized approach to teaching and learning - via the Summit Learning Program - with approximately 341 schools and 72,000 students across 39 states. Transcend works with several dozen district, charter, and independent school systems across the country.

The Resources

Over the course of two years, we developed three adaptable resources to provide clarity and a common language to articulate what success looks like for implementing quality personalized learning, and to enable collaboration and capacity-building towards that vision. These resources will undoubtedly keep evolving so please consider these as a perpetual ‘work-in-process,’ which we are sharing at this moment in time:

  • Instructional Look Fors: A detailed and research-based articulation of six key principles and corresponding student experiences and actions, plus recommended educator actions to foster these experiences and actions.  

  • Site Level Conditions: An articulation of what must be true at the site level to enable educators and students to live into the principles of personalized learning, as articulated in the above Instructional Look Fors.

  • Educator and Leadership Mindsets: An early inquiry into key mindsets needed to effectively execute optimal learning environments at both the educator and site leader level.  


Learn More About How to Adapt These Resources for Your Needs

These Personalized Learning resources are not designed to be used as “off the shelf” tools, since they were built in and for the particular contexts of Lindsay and Summit. We know that every context is unique and hope that you’ll find ways to adapt and modify these for your context.  Here are two ways to learn more about these resources and how to use them in your setting:

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER to be the first to get our downloadable resources!


Share your opinion!

We’d love to hear from you! Tweet #TranscendEdu and/or join one or both of our sessions at iNacol to learn about these resources, how LUSD and Summit have used these in their own context, and how we can continue to make the content and resources as useful as possible for practitioners.  

See you at iNACOL!

- Nik, Ross, Bobby, Andy, Jane, Stacey, and Jeff


banner image via