School Design for Individualized Learning

Join our New Cohort

Schools are invited to join School Design for Individualized Learning, 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

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We invite you to join a three-phase design experience that will prepare and support teachers, administrators and others to develop and implement individualized learning plans that meet the needs and potential of all students. The 2017 cohort of 17 schools is busy bringing their ideas to life. We hope you will join them on your own journey in 2018.

The cohort experience runs from April through September 2018 and consists of three phases:

Orientation Phase

Attend one of our orientation sessions in April 2018: Grand Rapids (Monday, April 23), St. Cloud (Tuesday, April 24), Twin Cities (Wednesday, April 25), or Mankato (Thursday, April 26). At each session, 2Revolutions will introduce attendees to the principles of individualized learning, why this work is important and share examples of successful efforts from around the country. The sessions are free but require registration. Sessions will be held from 5 to 7 pm.

You can register here. If you have questions, email Elizabeth Stephens at

Design Phase

If you are up for the challenge, form a design team and commit to participate in a design process to rethink what school could be for students. Our blended approach consists of virtual design and coaching sessions offered twice in May, and an immersive two-day school design institute (Tuesday-Wednesday, July 17-18) where you will be guided through a process to design a learning experience 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, teams will have an opportunity to apply for funding to bring their designs to life starting in the 2018-19 school year.

Grant Opportunities

Participants in the first cohort in 2017 are eligible to apply for funding. Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2018; decisions will be shared within 90 days from the date of submission.

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 from April to July 2017. Applicants will be selected based on the funding criteria on 2Revolutions' website.

2Revolutions administers the application and selection process. If you have questions about the School Design for Individualized Learning program, please email Elizabeth Stephens at

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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.