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Centering Learners By Design

We are educators, administrators, and change-makers committed to supporting educators, schools, districts, and states realize their vision for learner-centered education.

Why learner-centered education?

In a learner-centered paradigm young people are prepared to embrace challenges, navigate complex situations, leverage technology to solve problems, create efficiencies, and learn how to learn as the world and workplace evolve.

How do we get there?

✔️ Define whole-learner outcomes that take into account skills, habits, knowledge to thrive in a modern world.

✔️ Design meaningful learning experiences to achieve your desired outcomes.

✔️ Create enabling conditions and systems that support the desired outcomes and learning experiences.

Our learner-centered footprint

150+ Partners  •  30 States  •  2 million students  •  150,000 educators

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“Learner-Centered Collaborative has created a learning environment for site leaders and their teams to plan with intent, focus keenly on how improvement efforts align and support instructional areas of focus, and find common points of interest with other sites to ensure quality collaboration.” 

– Rachel Gil, Instructional Coach, Santa Ana Unified School District

“Having a clear and aligned Framework for the Future has been so positive for our district—and the true payoff is walking through classes and seeing our learning model in action with students and teachers as we reimagine learning.” 

– Kim Kuklensi, Principal, Mesa Union School District

“I used to think I had to design all of the instruction, but if it’s learner centered, there’s no reason why students cannot be part of that process as well.” 

– Teacher, Middlesboro Independent Schools, Kentucky

“Learner-Centered Collaborative has been instrumental in the transformative journey that we are on in Santa Ana Unified School District….We’ve taken a multi-pronged approach to the work, with Learner-Centered Collaborative serving as thought partners for district leadership, supporting and facilitating principals meetings as well as instructional learning walks at school sites across the district.” 

– Dr. Lorraine Perez, Deputy Superintendent Educational Services, Santa Ana Unified School District

“Materials provided were very engaging and relevant, and there were plenty of opportunities given to engage in meaningful ways, both alone and in small groups, to brainstorm and explore how they can be used in our own classroom environments.” 

– Teacher, Colorado Springs School District, Colorado

“I am really enjoying our sessions! You do a nice job of breaking things up so it moves quickly enough to keep everyone’s attention. You seem to be genuinely excited about the work, which is infectious.” 

– District participant, Learner-Centered Leadership Pathway, Laguna Beach Unified School District

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Learner-centered is taking hold across the country. See who’s leading the way and how they’re doing it.

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💪 Another week, another stellar example of what we can do when we center learners by design!

In South San Francisco Unified School District, we wrapped up our final session of the year with the Guiding Coalition. The group, energy, and alignment keeps on growing!

@lamont_district's Innovation Cohort celebrated their learning for the year with some touching reflections on their experience. These educators are paving the way and bringing the district's Learner Profile to life!

@MentorPublicSchools showed off their commitment to centering learners by design with 12 of their 44 Guiding Coalition participants consisting of young people. Elementary-aged learners were dropping absolute gems about what "school" could be.

During our Competency-Based Reporting Convening, a student panel shared powerful insights about the challenges of traditional grading and the power of a competency-based model. Then, leaders from six different schools and systems shared how they are currently assessing, grading, and reporting in a competency-based way. We ended the day with discussions about what’s needed to continue this work!

And to wrap up the week, we had our latest UCSD LCC Research Convening where we came together to explore how professional collaborations and highlighting bright spots can lead to impactful discoveries and solutions.

🔥 Ready to take your learner-centered work to the next level? Give us a shout at collaborate@learnercentered.org
🤝 We're excited to welcome Del Mar Union School District to our partner network! We can't wait to collaborate with the team and the broader Del Mar community to realize their learner-centered vision. Let's get to work!
Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday's Competency-Based Reporting Convening!

It was amazing to be in company with so many educators committed to creating assessment and reporting structures that center learners by design and integrate equitable practices into their daily work.

If you'd like to get in on this conversation, be sure to join us next Tuesday for our webinar --> The Future of Assessment and Reporting: Examples of Competency-Based Approaches
What do you know about your learners and how does it impact the type of learning experiences you design with them?

In his latest blog post, Devin Vodicka (@learnercenteredleadership) shares about the power of developing and deploying comprehensive learner surveys. 

In our own work at Learner-Centered Collaborative, we’ve aimed to capture a multi-faceted view of student learning outcomes and experiences. Here’s a glimpse into what we learned:

🗣️ Student Voices as Catalysts: Student self-evaluation data has proven to be a powerful tool in fostering conversations about educational improvement with our school and district partners.

⚖️ The Need for a Balanced Approach: Starting with an examination of learning experiences provides a more actionable foundation than beginning with outcomes.

📊 Managing Data Overload: The wealth of data from the Learning Experience survey underscores the need for efficient processes to distill and communicate insights effectively.

Have you deployed learner surveys in your school or district? What were the results?
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