About the Innovative Districts Empowering All Learners (IDEAL) Cohort


As learning has taken a turn to a more personalized, individualized nature, we must make the necessary adjustments to continue to provide the most dynamic, learning environments for the whole learner. AASA’s Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education is an initiative that calls us to redesign our public schools. It calls for a holistic design with schools meeting the needs of the whole learner.?

The AASA IDEAL Cohort, focuses on the principles behind Innovative Districts Empowering All Learners. The IDEAL Cohort seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what learners need to create the most dynamic learning environment possible. Members of the AASA IDEAL Cohort work collaboratively to research, inspire, empower, and amplify educators’ work to realize this new vision for empowering all learners.

?The IDEAL Cohort will share examples of the most outstanding practices for personalizing and individualizing learning throughout the nation. Members of the IDEAL Cohort are interested in how learning is moving toward a more personalized learning platform, geared to ensure a student-centered, equity-focused education for ALL.

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Who Should Participate?

Any district leader who is interested in furthering the work to create future-focused, student-centered education,?particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and program/building leaders.??


What Will I Learn?

By joining AASA's IDEAL Cohort, you will:

  • Discover the power of equity- focused, student-centered education
  • Explore best practices in personalization and engage in research to determine what will transform the learning environment in our nation’s public districts
  • Work to overcome organizational barriers and to create a sustainable network supporting ownership of learning for all members of the learning community
  • Work collaboratively with innovative educators from across the nation?–?including superintendents, district administrators and topic experts?–?to research, inspire, empower and amplify the work to transform education
  • Gain a network of colleagues who are embracing building student-centered environments utilizing a personalized approach to learning in their district

Hear from past participants about the impact the cohort has had on their districts:

Programs Dates & Details

Cohort meetings will be held as follows:

August 11, 2021, 2 - 3pm ET - VIRTUAL

October 5 - 6, 2021 Taste of Innovation Summit

January 12, 2022, 2 - 3pm ET - Virtual

February 16, 2022, In-Person at the National Conference on Education in Nashville, TN

March 28 - 30, 2022, In-Person Site Visit (location TBA)

June 8, 2022, 8 - 9pm ET VIRTUAL


Gail Pletnick, AASA Lead Superintendent and Past President?

? Mentor Gail

Ken Wallace, Superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207

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Program Fees

?Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000??

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The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.

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Contact AASA program director Debbie Magee at?dmagee@aasa.org.