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Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning

Vista students and teachers lead the way on the Personal Learning Road Show, The goal of the Personal Learning Road Show is to increase understanding of what personal learning is and how the district intends to shift to a more personalized instructional environment over the next few years.  


The vision of Vista Unified School District is to be THE Model of Educational Excellence and Innovation. In order to realize our vision, teacher leaders have embarked on an ambitious partnership with local and national organizations like the University of California at San Diego,  Digital Promise, CPP, Qualcomm, San Diego Workforce Partnership, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, Jobs for the Future, and the Organization for Economic Development to re-imagine the learning experience for all students.  Our ambitious goal is to transform education into a personal learning path  (Español) that flexibly adapts to the strengths, interests and values of each student. We call this project our moonshot because it will require everyone in the organization (students, parents, teachers and support staff) to completely shift their mindset from a traditional one-size-fits-all style of learning to a dynamic, personalized approach that places students in the driver's seat as stewards of their own learning. Teachers, support staff and parents take on a new role as facilitators of the educational process, promoting flexible learning environments that extend beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom.  


The district completed a successful two years with 14 schools in the district initiating the transition to a more personal learning system that takes into account the individual strengths, interests and values of each student. As the District moves into year 3 of the Personal Learning Challenge, nine more school have joined the challenge! Over the course of the next ten months, students and teachers at these schools will be building the collective momentum towards transformation. During this transformation process, students will continue to focus on developing knowledge, skill and expertise in the state standards for English Language Arts, English language Development, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and other subjects. 


Check out the information below to learn more about personal learning in Vista Unified. 




Personal Learning Path In Action



Student Video Definition


Next Generation Learning Challenge Visitation 



The School Superintendents Association Convening on Personal Learning 

Self-Determination Theory

The Future of Personal Learning in Vista Unified 


Personal Learning Structure 

Astro Teller: The Unexpected benefit of celebrating failure 




Road Map for 21st Century Learning Environments 




Education's Biggest Challenge 



Future Ready Schools in Vista Unified 




Related Resources & Inspiration


Strengths-Based Cultures 


Digital Promise 


A New Design for Education 


Super Heroes and Personal Learning 


Bridging Our Future 


Competency-Based Pathways 




Changing Education Paradigm 



Building a Strengths-Based Culture 




What Leads to Success?


Teaching and Learning Excellence Means Greater Levels of Choice 



Technological Unemployment 


Learner Profile


Contact Us

Matt Doyle Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent of Innovation 


Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92006

Personalized Learning Steering Committee

As Vista Unified moves into year 4 of the Personal Learning Challenge, participating schools have increased to all schools in the district. This means that all of the schools in the District are taking on the challenge to initiate the transition to a more personal learning system that takes into account the individual strengths, interests and values of each student. Please see below for a list of the participating schools. The Personal Learning Challenge Steering Committee is designed to be used as a venue to promote, to dialogue, to provide feedback and to make recommendations related to the transformation to a personal learning system.  


The progress of the Personalized Learning Challenge Steering Committee will be archived below.



Steering Committee Dates 


PL Challenge Steering Committee Structure 


  1. Gain a Shared Understand of Progress
  2. Discuss and Resolve Challenges
  3. Provide Feedback and Recommendations
  4. Ensure Alignment to the Personal Learning Pathway
  5. Identify Success Criteria 


  • Personal Learning Path Progress
  • Adaptability
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Technology Implementation
  • Communication
  • Success Criteria 

Monthly PL Committee Agenda Structure

  • Status of PL Challenge Schools (Lightning Round)
  • Topic Focus
    • Learning Environment
    • Professional Development
    • Student Profile
    • Personal Learning Path
    • Technology Infrastructure
    • Competency-Based
  • Feedback
  • Talking Points 


  • How can we help?
  • Centered on VUSD Framework for the Future
  • Focus on student, not technology
  • Mutual commitment to outcomes
  • Actively participate in person
  • Seek first to understand
  • Work collaboratively to identify solution options 



PL Challenge Summer Session PD

Over 100 teachers participated in the PL Challenge Summer Session PD focusing on personal learning, habits of mind, contemporary learning environments and contemporary curriculum. Check out the links below for an archive of the agenda and resources provided.