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Virginia Is For Learners Innovation Network

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

District Overview

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

From 2019 – 2021, the Virginia Department of Education will collaborate with the Virginia School Consortium for Learning, James Madison University, Ted Dintersmith, Scott McLeod and Advanced Learning Partnerships to support districts from all corners of the Commonwealth. Their mission: to develop and implement local innovations that align with the Profile of the Virginia Graduate.

Between March and December, ALP will support this partnership with regional, local and virtual coaching support for cohorts of 31 Districts in each of three consecutive years. They will personalize their coaching based on the innovations identified by each team and develop regional capacity to independently scale these efforts by 2021.

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District Demographics

  • Over three years, up to 600 teachers, principals and district leaders from across Virginia will participate in the Innovation Network
  • Over 65% of all Districts in the Commonwealth are anticipated to participate
  • Each cohort will engage in 5 regional events, facilitated local work days and virtual sessions to develop and operationalize their innovations
  • A team of student videographers will document the 2019 cohort’s progress between March and December
  • Learn more about the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network

District Timeline

Spring 2019 - Spring 2021
2019 - 2021

Teaching and Learning Institutes

In partnership with Scott McLeod, ALP coaches will engage up to 31 leadership teams in a sequence of 5 full-day regional planning sessions. The purpose of these days 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 pollination of best practices and networking.

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2019 - 2021

Leadership Consulting

Each ALP coach will facilitate 4-6 leadership teams through a design-thinking inspired process that is grounded in scaling sustainable gains in their respective communities. This form of curated leadership consulting will allow each team to recognize its existing strengths while setting prioritized goals that expand their capacity to independently engage their community.

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2019 - 2021

Cross-Partnership Networking

The regional, local and virtual coaching sessions are intentionally designed to promote inter-team sharing, iteration and reflection. ALP coaches will work with Scott and the expanded partnership to ensure that team voice and choice is nurtured and leveraged through each phase of the coaching support. This investment in educator networking will empower expanded capacity for gradual co-facilitation of this process in the 2020 and 2021 cohorts.

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2019 - 2021

Authentic Learning Experience Design

A critical component of each cohort’s work involves the creation of resources and processes that align local community needs with the Profile of the Virginia Graduate. ALP coaches will engage their respective teams in a protocol-driven process that ensures 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 - 2021

Blended and Video-based Learning

The Commonwealth of Virginia covers 42 775 square miles, with Innovation Network leadership teams representing each corner of this geographic expanse. ALP coaches will 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 and minimize costs associated with substitute teacher and travel expenses.

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2019 - 2021

Change Management Consulting

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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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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