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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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Competency-based reporting structures not only empower learners, but also have been shown to support families in better understanding their learners’ strengths and growth areas. 

One parent at @EmbarkEducation reflected on how receiving their child’s first “report card” helped them see how unique teaching, learning, and assessment is at Embark: 

"When we received our daughter's first ‘report card,’ it really hit us how unique and powerful Embark's competencies genuinely are! Reading the educator's feedback, observations, and reflections on how the competencies show up in our daughter made us realize how much they KNOW our daughter!

"My partner and I had to read and re-read the competencies, and it was a lightbulb moment for how learning is different, individualized, and growth-oriented at Embark.  After that point, I switched to asking about the competencies instead of asking our daughter the typical "How was your day?" (garnering the typical adolescent response). 

""Which competency did you shine in today? Which one are you trying to grow? How do you see others (friends, educators, family, community members) demonstrating Embark competencies?" So they became a language that far exceeded our expectations and a new way for all of us to think about learning!"

As this parent reflected, the structure of assessment, grading, and feedback in a competency-based paradigm supports conversations about not only what learners are learning, but how they are doing and facilitates meaningful conversations between families, learners, and educators. 

If we shift our language from grades and ranking and sorting as success metrics to questions about learning and growth, it communicates the process is valued—not just the score.

For more stories and insights like these, download our Competency-Based Reporting playbook!
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Thinking about all the things YOU have to do in the classroom this coming year?

What might you delegate to your learners?

Creating learner jobs is a great opportunity to cultivate leadership and create a sense of collective ownership around how your classroom functions on a daily basis.

Learners can take on jobs like classroom photographer, greeter (for guests), birthday celebrator, historian, paper collector, botanist, and more. There are so many ways that students can help, just think about the many little tasks you tackle on a daily basis and consider the possibilities if you brought your students into the fold!

Learn more strategies on creating learner jobs on our website!
We've reached that time in the summer where schools' marquee boards are reminding us the first day of school is just around the corner 🤓

Although we still await the return of learners, the work to center them by design continues!

This week in Hampton Township School District, Design Teams hit the ground running by making meaning of district goals, aligning them to their initial thinking about school-level goals, and ideating how design teams could work to bring it all to life. Teams left with a clear understanding of both the process and what will happen next in their work together!

In North Dakota, Northern Cass School District came together for a focused and deliberate two days to create their 24/25 scorecard! They have a clear set of outcomes and success metrics to guide the year ahead. Paired with a collective sense of ownership, the team's energy around using the scorecard to be transparent with the community, internally and externally, is amazing to see!

What a great opportunity it has been to take a step back, look at the big picture, and ensure our partners are getting the most from themselves, each other, and their communities heading into the fall. Let's keep it going!
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