TRANSFORM: Leaders Cohort 2023-24

an exploratory learning experience for districts interested in learner-centered systems change

TRANSFORM: Leaders Cohort, led by the Ohio Department of Education, KnowledgeWorks and a consortium of Education Service Center (ESC) partners, will select up to twelve (12) districts who will explore strategic steps toward learner-centered systems change in Ohio during the 2023-24 academic year.

Participating districts will engage in a self-assessment process, which can serve as a roadmap for the planning and implementation of personalized, competency-based learningThese school districts will receive guidance, personalized coaching and technical support to pursue their vision for a district-wide personalized, competency-based learning system.



  • Assistance in facilitating a comprehensive self-assessment around system level competencies to inform next steps on your personalized, competency-based learning journey

  • Support and coaching from KnowledgeWorks, ESC’s and leaders in the field

  • Access to industry-leading insights, resources and tools for personalized, competency-based learning

  • Opportunities to contribute to scaling and sustaining personalized, competency-based learning in the state

  • Access to professional learning opportunities on policy support, advocacy strategies, and strategic foresight approaches

  • Data and quality improvement supports to help inform goal setting and action planning


TRANSFORM Cohort Commitments

1. Self-Assessment & Goal Setting: Participating school districts agree to lead a self-assessment and planning process to identify readiness, strengths and opportunities for growth and action across the district utilizing KnowledgeWorks’ District Conditions for Scaling Personalized Learning.

2. Coaching: KnowledgeWorks coaches will provide real-time, personalized support to eachTRANSFORM district. Virtual, recurring monthly calls will serve as a check-in for personalized technical assistance and support for each district leader cohort.

3. In Person Convenings and Virtual Meetings: Districts will attend four (4) in-person convenings and three, 2-hour virtual meetings during the 2023-24 school year. View Proposed Schedule.

Three Recommended Resources

Review these reading prior to commitment

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Ohio Personalized Learning Framework

What is Competency-Based Education

Finding Your Path: A Navigation Tool for Scaling Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

*Note: language around this work is different across the country and your district might use a term that is different than personalized learning or personalized, competency-based learning. How the work is defined is more important than what the work is called.

Application and Selection Process

Open to all school districts in Ohio

  • Recommended Reading

    It is recommended that each district review the recommended reading list prior to committing.

  • Conversation

    Schedule a meeting to tell us about your personalized learning journey. Conversations should include district superintendent/ assistant superintendent, or designee.

  • Commitment

    The commitment form should be completed by your district superintendent, assistant superintendent or their designee.

  • Communication

    Communication to final TRANSFORM teams will be made by August 18, 2023

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Schedule a meeting to tell us about your personalized learning journey