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Incorporating Deeper Learning and Personalization into a Race to the Top District Application


Bethany Little, Managing Partner, America Achieves
Scott Palmer, Managing Partner, EducationCounsel
Ross Wiener, Vice President and Executive Director, Education and Society Program, Aspen Institute
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top District (RTT-D) competition places an absolute priority on personalization. However, creating a student-centered learning environment that strengthens deeper learning competencies—mastering core academic content, thinking critically, solving complex problems, and communicating effectively—can be a challenge for school districts. As districts draft their applications for the RTT-D competition, some may be struggling to incorporate personalization and deeper learning concepts.

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar on October 4 that provided practical suggestions for designing new school models that exemplify deeper learning and personalization. Panelists discussed how districts can create a framework for implementing deeper learning and personalization and capture these concepts in their application. Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

This webinar is made possible with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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