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Arizona Personalized Learning Network

Why it matters

Designed for a different era, the outdated, one-size-fits-all system of education is not creating equitable outcomes for our youth. Nor is it preparing them for success in our rapidly changing world.

The future of education needs to be learner-centered, redesigned around the individual needs of students to help them reach their full potential – and to thrive in college, career, and life.

How it works

Personalized learning is a promising educational approach to meet the needs of every child. From a systems perspective, it has the potential to close achievement and opportunity gaps, increase educational attainment, and prepare a highly skilled workforce ready to innovate for our future.

What is personalized learning? Personalized learning places the success of each child at the center of education. Based in research, it is an approach to education designed to meet individual students where they are, ensure mastery of academic content and social and emotional skills, and foster student ownership in their own learning. Common principles of personalized learning include learner agency, flexible learning environments, individual mastery, and personal learning paths. Equity is central.

The Arizona Personalized Learning Network provides support and training to school districts and charter networks committed to personalizing learning for their students and growing a system-wide approach to sustain learner-centered practices. Redesigning school systems around learner-centered education is a huge paradigm shift. Schools often need support to do this work well.

Public school districts and charter school networks engage in deep and ongoing professional learning and coaching that support them in establishing learner-centered environments and practices at the classroom level, and implementing systems shifts to support and sustain competency-based, personalized learning. CFA complements this work by supporting state-level policy that enables learner-centered education to thrive.

The Arizona Personalized Learning Network builds on CFA’s decade of work with policymakers, public schools, and communities to expand learner-centered education in order to ensure excellent and equitable outcomes for all Arizona students.

Our impact

  • Trained and supported 150+ school leaders and teachers to implement, expand, and sustain personalized, competency-based learning, impacting 85,000+ students


  • Contributed to a policy environment in Arizona supportive of next-generation education models that better prepare all students for the demands of the 21st century

Our Partners

District Partners

  • Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35
  • Yuma Union High School District

State Partner

  • Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

National Partner

  • KnowledgeWorks

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