Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning (LPDL)

 Join the Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning Program

Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning (LPDL) is a capacity-building program designed to meet the professional learning needs of principals and district leaders as they transition to digital and personalized learning. District leaders are engaged in real-world, value-added activities that are part of a proven cycle of capacity building for their students, teachers, and communities—activities that are essential to the school’s transformation. As a participant in the program you will have face-to-face and online opportunities to work with trained facilitators and other principals.

  • Understand why personalized and digital learning is important for students and explore models to support this learning.
  • Create clear goals for personalized and digital learning in their schools.
  • Establish a culture in their school community that supports personalized and digital learning.
  • Engage stakeholder support for personalized and digital learning.
  • Identify digital tools and curriculum that support personalized and digital learning in their schools.
  • Develop systems that support the transition to personalized and digital learning.
  • Use digital tools and social media for their own professional practice and lifelong learning so that they can model the use of blended and digital learning.
  • Support teachers’ transition to personalized and digital learning with ongoing professional development and evaluation.
  • Understand the infrastructure needs personalized and digital learning programs require.
  • Develop and implement a Personalized and Digital Learning Road Map for their schools.
  • Participate in a network of principals implementing personalized and digital learning.
  • Learn to use data for program evaluation and continuous improvement.
Testimonials from 2018-2019 LPDL Participants



  • Session 1: Knowing Your Why and Developing Your Vision:
    • Topics include personalized learning models (competency-based, blended, etc), Leadership and an introspective look at yourself as a leader, establishing your needs and the needs of your schools, and identifying your allies
  • Session 2: Culture and Change Management
    • Topics include: Understanding culture, considering the culture in your school, leadership & culture interactions, leading change; framework for leading change in your school, engaging stakeholders
  • Session 3: Shifting Teaching & Learning
    • Topics include: personalized learning and teaching, supporting the whole student and all students (learner agency, SEL), the leader’s role in observing and evaluating
  • Session 4: Human Capacity, Professional Learning, Systems for Transformation
    • Topics include: elements of effective professional learning, digital learning competencies, examining your school’s professional learning, distributed leadership & coaching teachers, professional learning models, community partnerships and effective communication, systems (human and technological), devices & approaches, rethinking current structures
Session Structure

  • Online pre­-work component with online readings, videos, activities and facilitated online discussions.
  • Face­-to-­face component with provided presentations for facilitators to use and adapt, small and large group activities and discussions, multi­media, and tech tool options
  • Online follow­-up component with online readings, videos, activities and facilitated online discussions
Program Cost

  • Program: $350. The $350 fee is a one-time payment that includes all program fees, including the four face-to-face meetings, lunches, and online programming. Participants receive 36 PD hours upon completion of the program.
  • Program with Administrator Academy Credit: Participants may choose to recieve Administrator Academy credit for the final session of the program at no additional cost. Participants receive 30 PD hours and 1 AA credit upon completion of the program.
  • Program with Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to receive 2 graduate credit units through Lindenwood University. Lindenwood will charge a fee, payable to them, for issuing the graduate credit.



2019-2020 Schedule

Stay tuned! More dates and locations will be announced soon!

Want LPDL in your area? Contact Brian Bates at bbates@ltcillinois.org and let him know you are interested in having a cohort in your area!


  • Champaign
  • Grayslake
  • Mt. Vernon
  • Pekin
  • Vandalia

November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 14, 2020
February 12, 2020
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Champaign/Ford Regional Office of Education #9
3358 Big Pine Trail
Champaign, Il 61822

October 15, 2019
November 12, 2019
February 5, 2020
April 9, 2020
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Lake County ROE
19525 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030

Dates – Coming Soon

Regional Office of Education #13
1710 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

September 23, 2019
October 21, 2019
November 19, 2019
December 17, 2019
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Pekin Community High School
1903 Court St
Pekin, IL 61554

September 27, 2019
October 9, 2019
November 12, 2019
December 12, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

ROE #3 Professional Development Center
1500 W Jefferson St
Vandalia, IL 62471