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How We Help

Realizing the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student.

We help education leaders engage their community to re-envision and transform their school systems. We take a systems approach to promote enduring transformation of the system and equitable, deeper learning outcomes for every student.

Building on the locally developed Portrait of a Graduate, this systems approach—Portrait of a Graduate, Portrait of an Educator, Portrait of a Leader, and Portrait of a System—provides the cohesive alignment, necessary to bring the vision to life.  This interconnected systems framework illustrates the dependency of each component of the system for enduring transformation. 

Learn how aligning the whole educational system is key to enduring transformation. 


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Our Theory of Action for School System Transformation




Portrait of a Graduate: A first step in system transformation

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Strategic alignment of the system, anchored by the vision

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Relevant professional learning and resources to bring the vision to life

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Professional Learning Networks: Taking collective action to accelerate 21st century learning and system transformation


Locally developed and globally positioned, a school system’s Portrait of a Graduate is developed with the community to identify the 21st century skills, mindsets, and competencies students need to be lifelong learners and contributors. We help school systems engage their communities to develop a collective vision, which serves as the North Star for system transformation. 


What is 21st century learning?

Deeper learning equips students with not only rigorous academic content, but also the ability to transfer their knowledge while using essential skills and mindsets in new, even unexpected, situations. 21st century learning experiences empower students to be lifelong learners and contributors in this uncertain, ever-changing world.

Want to learn more about developing a Portrait of a Graduate, your school system's vision for 21st century learning?

For enduring transformation, all aspects of the system—including the strategic plan—must be aligned and anchored in the vision of 21st century learning, the Portrait of a Graduate. This systems approach is essential to producing equitable, deeper learning outcomes for every student.

We provide education leaders these strategic offerings to establish conditions that advance 21st century learning throughout the system:


Our strategic planning process begins with establishing the system's vision—the design of the Portrait of a Graduate—and results in identifying the bold moves that bring this vision to life for all students.

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Every school system is unique and complex with interdependent parts. Intentionally aligning each part of the system establishes conditions of readiness to bring your vision to life for every student.

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Human Capital

Anchored in a comprehensive human capital assessment tool, this suite of offerings helps school system leaders re-imagine, implement, and scale human capital management systems to advance 21st century education.

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In this experience, school system leadership teams identify potential onramps, detours, and roadblocks along their journey in leading system transformation and develop an action plan—their road map—to bring their system’s Portrait of a Graduate to life.

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Interested in learning more about developing the strategies necessary to bring your vision to life?

To bring the vision—Portrait of a Graduate—to life, educators must be empowered and supported.

We offer online and in-person professional learning to equip educators in the design and implementation of 21st century, deeper learning experiences for every student:

Assessment 21

This online, professional learning experience is for teams of teachers, principals, and central office leaders to explore key practices in assessing deeper learning.

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The Student Experience

This online suite of tools ​helps educators respond to student voice around the themes of hope, engagement, and belonging in 21st century learning experiences.

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Deeper Learning

In this virtual experience, educators actively engage in reimagining learning and teaching in the 21st century. Through practice, reflection, collaboration, and iteration, participants explore the design and facilitation of deeper learning experiences.

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Rounds 21

Rounds21 provides school systems with structured processes and protocols to observe student learning. This repeatable improvement cycle is customized to correspond with specific competencies defined in the district’s Portrait of a Graduate.

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Leader21 Principle

This capacity-building experience for school leaders and those responsible for supporting principals, develops and builds a shared understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the implementation of 21st century, deeper learning in their schools.

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Portrait to Practice

We offer customized professional learning services to design and implement 21st century, deeper learning frameworks, experiences, assessment strategies, and more.

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Consider these four bold moves your school system can make in response to interruptions in learning.

In our networks, visionary leaders work together to transform education and advance 21st century learning for all students.


EdLeader21 is our national network of innovative school systems committed to the transformation of education anchored in a vision for 21st century learning—the Portrait of a Graduate.

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SOAR is our state and regional network model for innovative school districts who are leading the transformation and redesign of 21st century educational systems. Participating districts experience full membership benefits of the EdLeader21 Network.

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urban district cohort

Our Urban District Cohort is for large districts serving predominantly Black and brown students, and students living in lower-income communities, to equitably advance deeper learning. Participating districts experience full membership benefits of the EdLeader21 Network.

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Learn more about customized consulting and other ways we help.