Arcadia Unified’s Approach to Innovating at District-Wide Scale

A Personalized Learning Experience for All

By Devin B. Murphy, Lisa Millora, and Chanee Hawkins Ash

This case study of Arcadia Unified’s Approach to Innovating at District-Wide Scale profiles the partnership between Arcadia Unified and AltSchool, an education startup that supports schools in building learner-centered environments.

Five key lessons emerge and underscore the importance of keeping people front and center to effectively scale personalized learning:

  1. Build a culture of agency and risk-taking
  2. Engage the community often and through multiple channels
  3. Seek a partnership rather than a product
  4. Plan big, but start small (to learn, grow, and improve)
  5. Set clear goals you can measure

Each of these lessons and the tactics Arcadia and AltSchool used are unpacked in the case study.