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Virginia Is For Learners Innovation Network

The Virginia Department of Education and its partners actively lead an innovative, state-wide professional learning network aligned to the critical competencies of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate.

District Overview

The Virginia Department of Education and its partners actively lead an innovative, state-wide professional learning network aligned to the critical competencies of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate.

Between 2019 – 2022, the VDOE is partnered with Advanced Learning Partnerships, the Virginia School Consortium for Learning and Commonwealth Learning Partnerships to support districts from all areas of Virginia. Their mission: to develop equitable and accessible local innovations that bring the Profile of the Virginia Graduate to all learners.

Each calendar year, a team of ALP coaches engages a cohort of leaders representing up to 35 divisions. Through personalized PL pathways and ongoing coaching rounds, our coaches connect with these leaders in application-based rounds to define, iterate and eventually scale solutions that meet the needs and culture of communities in every region of the Commonwealth.

Our approach to supporting the #VALIN cohorts pivoted rapidly in response to the COVID-19 crisis, two short weeks after collaboration began with the 2020 cohort. Through a combination of virtual and blended supports, the work remains stronger than ever, with teams engaged in richly innovative designs that impact over 50% of all public education systems, educators and students across Virginia.

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Highlights

  • Over 3 years, over 600 education leaders from literally every region in Virginia will participate in the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network.
  • Over 80% of all public education divisions across the Commonwealth are anticipated to participate in this Network.
  • Each cohort is united through quarterly regional events and multiple rounds of personalized coaching sessions aligned to community-based priorities and strategic goals.
  • A team of student videographers has devoted 18 months to capturing and the progress of these leaders in a documentary.
  • Learn more about the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network Here

District Timeline

Winter 2019 - Spring 2022
2019 - 2022

Innovation Launch

Concurrent to the facilitation of the #VALIN work, ALP senior consultants have partnered closely with existing and emerging regional associations to empower a more interconnected mesh of supports for Virginia divisions. We are proud and honored to serve as close partners with the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Schools Consortium for Learning as well as the Commonwealth Learning Partnership.

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2019 - 2022

Learning Model Development

In response to the VDOE Profile of a Virginia Graduate, many divisions have created learner profiles that build local common language and prioritized practice. In support of these efforts, ALP works with #VALIN teams to ensure that these frameworks are clear, learner-centric and formatively assessable. This combination of consulting and coaching allows local divisions to learn from the innovations in other communities while also developing local capacity to operationalize them with fidelity.

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Articles

So We Have A Learner Profile. Now What?
2019 - 2022

Learning and Leadership Institutes

In partnership with Scott McLeod and Kaleb Rashad, ALP coaches will engage up to 35 leadership teams each calendar year in a sequence of quarterly regional planning sessions. The purpose of these Institutes is to share new learning and engage teams in design iterations around their innovations. They will facilitate these application-based, highly collaborative sessions to maximize the pollination of best practices and networking.

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2019 - 2022

Organizational Change Leadership

Throughout the course of each cohort’s work, ALP coaches and their colleagues will share resources and best practices that empower leadership teams to engage their communities in purposeful dialog around change. In many ways, the innovations they develop that align with the Profile of a Virginia Graduate will look and feel different than traditional approaches to teaching and learning. Teams will receive facilitated support in best practices around communication and planning that support the scale-up of their innovations.

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2019 - 2022

Innovative Networking Teams

The regional, local and virtual coaching sessions are intentionally designed to promote inter-team sharing, iteration and reflection. ALP coaches are actively and virtually engaged with leaders from close to 60 Virginia divisions to amplify local preparations for the historic 2020-21 academic year. This investment in educator networking has and continues to empower expanded capacity for gradual co-facilitation of this process as the division participation expands.

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2019 - 2022

Leadership Consulting

Each year, a team of 8 ALP coaches facilitates a design-thinking inspired process that is grounded in scaling sustainable gains in their respective communities. They leverage this form of curated leadership consulting to empower each cohort of Virginia education leaders to recognize existing strengths in their communities while setting prioritized goals that expand local capacity to serve students with greater depth, equity and agility.

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2019 - 2022

Learner-Centered Experience Design

A critical component of each #VALIN cohort’s work involves the creation of resources and processes that align local community needs with the Profile of the Virginia Graduate. ALP coaches are actively engaged with their respective teams in virtually facilitated, protocol-driven processes that ensure rigor and fidelity in the design of authentic learning artifacts that both align with the Virginia Profile and are replicable beyond the scope of the Innovation Network team.

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2019 - 2022

Virtual Course Facilitation

The Commonwealth of Virginia covers 42 775 square miles, with Innovation Network leadership teams representing each corner of this geographic expanse. Under normal circumstances and especially in response to COVID-19, ALP coaches maintain ongoing support with and between their respective teams through a sequence of just-in-time virtual courses and planning sessions. They will leverage cutting-edge digital and video-based platforms to serve each team in an effort to personalize their support while keeping people safe and focused on student learning outcomes.

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Advanced Learning Partnerships and VaSCL are proud partners in the ongoing professional learning support for the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network.

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