Superintendent’s Memo #278-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 20, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: CCSSO - Personalized Learning Webinars

As personalized learning gains momentum, the role of teachers and the skill sets they need are evolving.   The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Jobs for the Future (JFF), in collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE), the Institute for Personalized Learning, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) came together to develop a resource that outlines the unique competencies educators need in order to create and thrive in effective personalized learning environment—the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching.  The CCSSO is hosting a two-part webinar series on this new resource that will focus on the implications for local practitioners and policymakers.

Please see the information below for registration:

Webinar 1 
When: December 9, 2015—3-4:30 p.m. EST

Who: Local Education Practitioners

What: Participants will learn about the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and explore how teachers can apply them in their practice.


Webinar 2
When: December 10, 2015—3-4:30 p.m. EST

Who: Education Leaders & Policymakers

What: Participants will delve into the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and explore how education leaders and policymakers can create policy structures and conditions that enable teachers to develop and apply these competencies in the classroom to improve their practice.


If you have additional questions or require assistance in registering for the webinars, please contact Adriana Martinez at or call 202-336-7077.