Institute for the Redesign of Learning (IRL)

Our Mission

To empower individuals of all abilities to take charge of their own learning and lives, making it possible for them to be competent, caring, and contributing members of society; and to provide learning opportunities for families, professionals, and communities to support those efforts.

The Institute for the Redesign of Learning (IRL) began in 1974 when its founder, Nancy J. Lavelle, Ph.D., created the Almansor Education Center with four students in classroom space located in a church on Almansor Street in Alhambra, California. With a belief that every student has the ability to "take charge" of their own learning process, Dr. Lavelle established a unique environment, individualized curriculum, and created appropriate support and enrichment services designed to turn student and client learning failures into learning successes.

Nearly 50 years later, IRL offers six programs designed to provide a continuum of care for individuals ages infants through adults, many of whom have special needs. IRL annually serves over 2,300 children, students, and clients throughout the greater Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley communities.

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