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Personalized Learning Cohort members gain insight on Luke’s pilot training mission

Maj. Fernando Perez, 61st Fighter Squadron, director of weapons, briefs members of the Personalized Learning Cohort about an F-35A Lightning II helmet during a visit to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. Throughout the tour, members of the cohort were given the opportunity to speak with Airmen and receive a comprehensive review of some of the resources and tools used to train fighter pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

Maj. Fernando Perez, 61st Fighter Squadron, director of weapons, briefs members of the Personalized Learning Cohort about an F-35A Lightning II helmet during a visit to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. Throughout the tour, members of the cohort were given the opportunity to speak with Airmen and receive a comprehensive review of some of the resources and tools used to train fighter pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

An Airman assigned to the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit speaks to members of the Personalized Learning Cohort during a tour at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. Cohort members toured the base to gain insight on the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

An Airman assigned to the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit speaks to members of the Personalized Learning Cohort during a tour at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. Cohort members toured the base to gain insight on the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

A Personalized Learning Cohort member flies a pilot training simulator during a visit to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. Throughout the tour, members of the cohort were given the opportunity to speak with Airmen and receive a comprehensive review of some of the resources and tools used to train fighter pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

A Personalized Learning Cohort member flies a pilot training simulator during a visit to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. Throughout the tour, members of the cohort were given the opportunity to speak with Airmen and receive a comprehensive review of some of the resources and tools used to train fighter pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

Maj. William Andreotta, 56th Training Squadron director of operations, speaks to Personalized Learning Cohort members during their tour at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. The Personalized Learning Cohort consists of educational leaders from around the United States who work to overcome organizational barriers and create a sustainable network supporting ownership of learning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

Maj. William Andreotta, 56th Training Squadron director of operations, speaks to Personalized Learning Cohort members during their tour at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2018. The Personalized Learning Cohort consists of educational leaders from around the United States who work to overcome organizational barriers and create a sustainable network supporting ownership of learning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Members of the School of Superintendents Association Personalized Learning Cohort recently visited Luke Air Force Base to collaboratively research, inspire, empower and amplify educators’ work to transform education.

The Personalized Learning Cohort consists of educational leaders from around the United States who work to overcome organizational barriers and create a sustainable network supporting ownership of learning.

During their visit, cohort members toured the Academic Training Center as well as the 61st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit where they gained insight on the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission.

“We appreciated the opportunity to both observe and hear about the knowledge, skills and dispositions important to the success of the mission and of individuals in their roles as part of the team,” said Dr. Gail Pletnick, co-chair of the Personalized Learning Cohort. “It was clear that collaboration, relationship, communication, grit, and a passion for the work were all critical to the function of the jobs on the base.”

Throughout the tour, the cohort members were given the opportunity to speak with Airmen and receive an interactive experience with some of the resources and tools used to train fighter pilots.

“Knowing and understanding how technology was being applied to personalize learning for pilots was very interesting,” Pletnick said. “Having the opportunity to speak with base personnel about their work provided great insight into how educational leaders can work to better prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities they will have.”

The Personalized Learning Cohort plans to continue to work and ensure relevant and dynamic learning experiences are available for each student.

“This visit reinforced the importance of utilizing technology in an integrated way to enhance learning,” Pletnick said. “Understanding the various career pathways available to students to include the military, helps educators focus on the critical knowledge and skills that will best prepare graduates for the choices they will make in the future.”