School Design for Individualized Learning


In 2019, a third cohort of schools will embark on transformational journeys in the School Design for Individualized Learning program. The opportunity is a school design experience developed to help schools reimagine the purpose and focus of school to meet the needs of all students in today’s world. This work is operated by 2Revolutions, a national education design lab, in partnership with the Bush Foundation. 

Principles of Individualized Learning

Education is critical to making our region better for everyone. Our education system should help all kids reach their full potential. The Bush Foundation believes this requires a more individualized approach to learning, one that makes education more relevant for all students in terms of who they are (cultural relevance), how they learn (instructional relevance) and what they want to do (career relevance). School design and investment is one way we are working to individualize learning in our region. We believe in the power and potential of individualized learning models and wish to support school teams that see value in learning experiences anchored in the following principles:

  • Deep, Individualized Learning — Schools support students to learn in ways that match how they learn, who they are and where they aspire to go in life. Students receive academic content when and how they need it to move forward in their learning.
  • Commitment to Student Agency — Schools aspire to provide learning experiences that promote and build student agency and ownership of learning.
  • Authentic Experiences & Assessment — Schools embrace learning experiences and assessments of understanding that are interesting, engaging and connected to the real world.
  • Tech “Enabled” — Schools understand that learning is supported by technology, but “tech” by itself is not the solution to developing innovative and individualized learning experiences.
  • Serving All (Equity) — Schools have a commitment to serve all learners, especially students from traditionally underserved populations.

About the Design Experience: From "Idea" to "Implement"

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The experience includes three phases and runs from April through September 2019:

Orientation Phase

Educators and other interested individuals were invited to attend one of the two-hour orientation sessions hosted by 2Revolutions in Duluth, Mankato, St. Paul and online. At each session, experts from 2Revolutions introduced attendees to principles of individualized learning, why this work is important and shared examples of successful efforts from around the country. Over the past two years, more than 500 individuals have attended these introductory sessions.    

Design Phase

After the orientation sessions, participants who are up for the challenge are invited to build a design team and commit to participate in a design process to rethink what school could be for students. 2Revs' blended approach consists of a virtual session offered at two times in May and an immersive two day in-person school design institute (July 15-16) where teams will be guided through a process to build their “design muscles” and design learning experiences and environments for students that meets their needs in the rapidly changing world in which we live.

Implementation Coaching & Support

Based on readiness and capacity after the design institute, school teams next have an opportunity to apply for grant funding - and potential implementation support from 2Revolutions - to help bring their designs to life. 

Grant Opportunities

Existing schools, school systems or soon-to-be new schools (public, charter or independent schools) operating or intending to operate in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or the 23 Native nations that share the same geography are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to teams that participated in the school design process offered by 2Revolutions.

2Revolutions administers the application and selection process. Find application materials here. If you have questions about the School Design for Individualized Learning program, please email Julian Serrao at

About the Bush Foundation's education initiative

The guiding goal for our education initiative is to make our region the national leader in providing individualized education that meets the abilities, backgrounds and aspirations of all students. To that end, we make a handful of big investments each year to help make education more relevant to all students in terms of how they learn, who they are and what they want to do.

School Design for Individualized Learning is designed to help achieve this goal by giving educators a unique opportunity to develop and implement individualized learning plans in their schools. 

Visit the education initiative webpage to learn more about our work.