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To ensure the success of each child, Arizona, North Dakota, and South Carolina have launched and inspired large-scale efforts to develop the capacity for personalized, competency-based learning. Each state is ensuring that learning communities receive access to high-quality professional development that meets the unique needs of each educator and, by extension, the unique needs of learners within their communities. The panel will speak to the strategies and lessons from each state.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn how systemic transformation is being designed in three states.
  2. Understand how innovative policies and practices can empower each person to thrive.
  3. Leave with strategies for exploring, launching, and transforming systems within their own communities.


  • Virgel Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks
  • Amanda Burke, Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Ann Ellefson, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • Stephanie DiStasio, South Carolina Department of Education