Puget Sound Personalized Learning Cohort Schools are a collection of schools implementing personalized learning in their schools by receiving support and training from PSCPL. These cohort schools will:
- Participate in the 12-month Puget Sound Personalized Learning Design Process including: 4 in-person professional development sessions, scheduled school site visits, and school design and planning time with the PSESD Director of Personalized Learning.
- Form a team called Personalized Learning Leadership Team, made up of 5-6 team members that are a combination of school administrators and teacher leaders. School leaders will be the members of Administrator Academy, participating in additional days of school leader-level training. School teacher leaders will be designated as PSCPL Teacher Leadership Fellows.
- Collaboratively design a personalized learning action plan that is customized for each school.
- Be invited to participate in the PSCPL network meetings in subsequent years.
- Receive continued coaching and technical support from PSCPL in subsequent years post the cohort launch.
Each cohort will be comprised of a combination of school leaders (such as principals and/or instructional coaches) as well as representative teacher leaders. See below diagrams for a reference.
Puget Sound Personalized Learning Cohort Schools
PL Leadership Team Structure from Each School
|1-2 school leaders (principal and/or coach)||Each School’s Leadership Team||4-5 school teachers who will lead the personalized learning initiative as a part of PL leadership team|
Fellowship Groups – Network among Cohort Schools
|Administrators Academy||Teacher Leadership Fellows |
|Meeting 1 ⇒||Meeting 2 ⇒||Meeting 3 ⇒||Meeting 4 ⇒|
|Orientation / Foundations||Design Institute #1||Design Institute #2||PL Sharing, Reflections, and Next Steps|
PSCPL Cohort Orientation/Foundations
- Introduce the cohort and develop a community of learners
- Ground in the “why” of racial equity
- Introduce the concept and the importance of personalized learning
- Empathize on why personalized learning is important to the cohort members
- Overview the process for school design and the schedule of meetings
- Discuss roles and responsibilities as Leadership Team within Cohort
- Provide an immersion in the PSCPL Framework and design strategies while enabling team planning towards the design and development of individual school PL plans.
Personalized Learning Design Institute
The identified leadership teams will engage in a Personalized Learning Design Institute that will extend over 2 in-person sessions and ending with a personalized learning showcase or symposium. This institute will:
- Go deeper into understanding and planning for each of components of the PSCPL Framework.
- Address additional topics such as Vision & Mission, Change Management, School Culture, Racial equity, School Autonomies, and Family & Community Engagement.
- As part of the Design Institute, each leadership team will be encouraged to coordinate site visits to cohort schools and other schools in the Puget Sound area which exemplifies the intended goals of their PL school plan.
- Provide assistance in developing a plan for building district, school committee, parent, and community support. This work might include school committee presentations, public relations materials, and community forums.
- Introduce the cohort to the process of design thinking.
- Develop each cohort school’s unique instructional design model by utilizing the process of design thinking.
Sharing, Reflection, and Next Steps
- Each school leadership team to share their school’s personalized learning action plan and to receive feedback from cohort schools.
- Celebrate the success and reflect on areas of improvement from Year 1
- Define priority areas for Year 2 personalized learning implementation
- Develop a strategy and roadmap for Year 2 personalized learning implementation
Selection of PSCPL Cohort Schools
PSCPL will identify 5 PSCPL Cohort Schools from “Road Map” Districts through a competitive application process which will include a school self-assessment (based on the PSCPL Framework) to get baseline data on current readiness for and implementation of personalized learning.
Technical Assistance to PSCPL Cohort Schools during the Design Process
Approved PSCPL cohort school leadership teams will be expected to participate in a rigorous design process. Each team will commit to develop a comprehensive, research-based personalized learning school action plan that has high success potential. In support of this, PSCPL Cohort Schools will be invited to participate in 4 in-person professional development sessions, scheduled school site visits, and school design and planning time with the PSESD Director of Personalized Learning.
Early Implementation Support
Early implementation support could be provided at a discounted fee from the PSESD to each successful PSCPL cohort school:
Coaching & Support:
- Coaching assistance in all aspects of preparing for school start-up and early implementation, scheduling, curriculum and assessment, and professional development. Support will be provided as requested to build strong systems and structures to oversee and guide the school’s development in becoming a personalized learning school.
- The work could include collaboration with the district around facility set-up and preparation, and support for a school’s financial model, hiring practices, and/or special education and ELL services.
- A PSCPL Network will be formed for all PSCPL cohort schools after the completion of cohort 2. Quarterly leadership sessions will be convened using text-based discussions, dilemma-based consultancies, and sharing of effective practices. Cross-cohort learning walks will be scheduled as part of each network meeting, with host schools identifying key questions to guide the observations and debrief discussions.