Broad and rapid change is transforming North American and global societies. Future jobs will be nothing like the jobs of yesterday – or even today! – necessitating educational reform oriented to nurturing individual student strengths and ensuring higher capacity for lifelong, self-enfranchised learning. Personalized learning – arising across a spectrum of forms – is the framework to hold and shape this future, and its implementation is taking root, globally. The Vision of the Personalized Learning Academy, guided by the SelfDesign Foundation, is to serve as a catalyst deepening and strengthening the implementation of personalized learning in schools and educational organizations.

Top 10 Skills in 2020*

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating with Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgment and Decision-Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive Flexibility
* source: ‘The Future of Jobs’ report; 2016; World Economic Forum



The Mission of the Personalized Learning Academy is to provide educators, administrators and others with insights, tools and strategies supporting the success of all students through a spectrum of personalized learning approaches.


Trust: We Trust in the natural learning capabilities and positive dispositions of all learners.
Self-Empowerment: We emphasize learner Self Empowerment as a means of enhancing self-responsible learning and personal growth.
Unconditional Respect and Confirmation: We Respect and Confirm all learners ‘where they’re at’ in their personal learning journeys, unconditionally acknowledging all backgrounds and experiences, and supporting all learning goals.


The Personalized Learning Academy keys off of the following Orienting Statements and Principles:

1.Learning is influenced by many factors arising uniquely for each person, and reflecting innate physical and emotional characteristics, personal habits, cultural dispositions, interests, etc. Individual learning capacity is enhanced through integrating these factors and creating the circumstances in which all learners are enabled to thrive.

Principle: The PLA is committed to helping create the circumstances for each learner to thrive (i.e. to experience the optimal actualization of their learning), within formal educational environments and without, and enable learners to grow self-efficacy in stewarding their own learning.

2. A positive culture that seeks to optimize learning is grounded in relationships guided by educators and mentors holding additional capacities beyond conventional teaching, to encourage and inspire, strengthen resilience and character, and nurture learning in all students.

Learning is enhanced through positive social interaction that seeks to encourage and inspire and strengthen resilience and character.

Principle: The PLA is committed to creating learning relationships among educators, mentors and learners oriented to strengthening all aspects of learner self-esteem, confidence and empowerment as a means to enhancing learning capacity.

3.Learning arises as a vital creative and generative act by people of all ages and cultures to make sense of their world and grow knowledge important to their individual and/or collective sensibilities, interests and drives.

Principle: The PLA is committed to meeting learners ‘where they’re at’ in their learning paths and to positively enable learning to arise in multiple, diverse forms.

How the PLA Principles are enlivened

  1. By engaging learners ‘where they’re at’ in their learning lives and helping empower them to resourcefully address issues they are facing and achieve goals they are seeking.
  2. By intentionally creating an environment for wellness, balance and positive self-affect to arise.
  3. By modeling the changes we wish to seed in the domain of education.