November 20, 2014
By Ramon Cavazos, AIA, NCARB, CCCA, Associate, HKS, Inc.

Growing student achievement by tailoring learning for student strengths, needs and interests is the goal of the Dallas Independent School District’s (DISD) personalized learning initiative. Since no two students are exactly alike, no two student learning experiences should be exactly alike, either.

In the fall of 2013, DISD was among 20 districts across the nation selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to receive a $100,000 grant to develop a strategic vision for the development and implementation of personalized learning models in local schools. Following a successful central planning phase, Dallas ISD was awarded a second planning grant of $841,000 to distribute directly to eight school teams committed to transforming their learning environment.

As part of the school teams’ current planning effort, HKS is engaging with Dallas ISD – on a pro-bono basis – through its 2014 HKS Design Fellowship program to help re-imagine space to reflect the unique needs of a personalized learning environment and inspire schools of the future. Designers are brought together from across the firm’s 27 worldwide offices to brainstorm, research, design and present their ideas to a community partner, who then transforms the ideas into reality. The Fellows – including nine HKS employees and three university students – presented space design ideas for three of the eight school teams, including a high school, middle school and an elementary school.

To view the video presentation:

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A 2014 calendar, located on the HKS website, shares additional JOIN US talks: Please register to attend these live streaming video events or view past events.

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at

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Tagged Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dallas Independent School District, HKS Design Fellowship, personalized learning models