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Davis School District, Utah

In the Davis School District, “Learning Comes First” and the entire community works together to create a successful educational experience for all students to grow and flourish.

District Overview

In the Davis School District, “Learning Comes First” and the entire community works together to create a successful educational experience for all students to grow and flourish.

District leadership recognizes that ongoing professional learning is essential to ensure resources are leveraged and capacity is built to amplify current priorities that include personalized learning, evidence-based programming and the development of life skills. In partnership with their teachers and site-based administrators, they actively seek opportunities to leverage the strategic framework to operationalize their vision to provide an innovative, relevant, well-rounded education for each student.

Since 2018, Dell Technologies and Advanced Learning Partnerships have supported the community of Davis in realizing its vision for personalized learning.

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Highlights

  • DSD serves over 73 000 students within the County seat of Farmington, UT
  • In its third year of implementation around its personalized learning model
  • Supports over 2800 teachers through a responsive and increasingly personalized professional learning structure

District Timeline

Spring 2018 - Spring 2020
2020 - 2021

Learner-Centered Experience Design

As Davis prepares for its launch of the 2020-21 academic year, educators will require a wide range of real-time support to assist students with the greatest needs. ALP consultants possess the experience to design learning pathways that invite educators to explore personalized learning approaches to meet individual student remediation needs. Each pathway will include scenarios for exploration, curated resources, practical approaches to identifying and filling gaps, and task cards to support implementation. As a means to build capacity and ensure fidelity of implementation, ALP consultants also provide a 1-hour calibration session for 25-30 coaches, teacher leaders and/or specialists who will use the presentation materials to facilitate future pathway sessions.

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2019 - 2020

Learning and Leadership Institutes

As Davis prepares for its launch of the 2020-21 academic year, educators will require a wide range of real-time support to assist students with the greatest needs. ALP consultants possess the experience to design learning pathways that invite educators to explore personalized learning approaches to meet individual student remediation needs. Each pathway will include scenarios for exploration, curated resources, practical approaches to identifying and filling gaps, and task cards to support implementation. As a means to build capacity and ensure fidelity of implementation, ALP consultants also provide a 1-hour calibration session for 25-30 coaches, teacher leaders and/or specialists who will use the presentation materials to facilitate future pathway sessions.

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2019 - 2020

Facilitated Learning Experiences

As Davis School District leadership worked to accurately and practically frame its vision for personalized learning, the team invited ALP and Dell Technologies to coach classroom educators and school administrators in its purposeful application. Through a combination of virtual and blended coaching rounds, a team of ALP consultants worked with multiple cohorts of educators and principals to co-teach using personalized curriculum and aligned pedagogies. The critical design principle in these facilitated learning experiences was that all PL ‘had to walk the walk’. If the goal was to assist children in realizing personalized pathways, then the adults had to participate in a model that generated empathy, comfort and facilitative skill.

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2019 - 2019

Strategic Planning and Implementation

In preparation for the District’s Cognia (formerly AdvancED) accreditation, Davis invited a senior ALP consultant to support its leadership in accurately demonstrating the state of its personalized learning model. Over the course of a number of video planning and asynchronous development sessions, this goal was realized. In October, Davis School District successfully maintained its accreditation and secured valuable feedback on how to continuously improve in its efforts to personalize learning experiences for students and educators.

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2018 - 2019

Learning Model Development

A critical recommendation from the ALP / Dell Technologies needs assessment report called on Davis School District leadership to clarify its common language around its personalized learning vision. In partnership with District educators, site administrators and students, a team of ALP consultants facilitated a process that generated clear, concise definitions for critical terms as well as a learner profile. These documents were co-authored by members of the Davis community as a means of building local leadership capacity. The co-creation of this personalized learning framework brought greater clarity to the District vision and helped all stakeholders to ‘see’ themselves in this progressive and highly equitable learning model.

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2018 - 2018

Needs Assessment and Asset Inventory

In the summer of 2018, the Davis School District leadership team mobilized around an initial vision for personalized learning. A senior ALP consultant was invited to facilitate a needs assessment process to gauge the District’s current state of readiness relative to this vision. The consultant conducted a review of the current DSD organizational chart, visited over two dozen randomly sample classrooms as well as analyzed curriculum, assessment and professional learning frameworks. A detailed report was developed, which included specific findings and recommendations that Davis leadership used to frame its multi-year implementation plan.

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Advanced Learning Partnerships and Dell Technologies are proud partners in the ongoing professional learning support for this district.

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