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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

It’s Your Journey

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Regional & national networks


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2024-25 Learner-Centered Connections applications are open. Apply now!     

“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

Explore our growing partner network and impact.

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

Check out our learner-centered framework.

From whole-learner outcomes to the learning experiences that support them to the enabling conditions for success.

Learner-Centered Collaborative Framework

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What does a classroom where everyone knows they belong look, sound, and feel like? And, how do you create that type of learning space?

✅ We must be able to describe what inclusive & equitable learning is, why it is important, and how to cultivate a sense of belonging to create more inclusive & equitable learning environments.

✅ We must honor learner cultures and practice culturally responsive teaching to center learners’ cultural diversity as an asset,

✅ We must address systemic inequities by auditing our policies and routines and revising them.

✅ We must curate inclusive curriculum intentionally by auditing our current curriculum & instructional resources and revise as needed.

✅ Last but not least, we must reflect on our practices on a regular basis to maintain alignment with our commitment to inclusion and equity.

🤝 If this feels like a lot, why not start with a step-by-step guide that shows you how to tackle each of these actions with confidence? Check out our course on Cultivating a Sense of Belonging.
California ✅ | Washington ✅ | Colorado ✅ | Ohio ✅

☕️ Our cups are full this week after a whirlwind of learner-centered action in seven different cities across the country.

📈 @encinitas_usd, the Report Card Committee dug into their long term vision and drafted next steps for making their report better demonstrate student progress and growth. It was truly inspiring to watch this team work and see them showcase so much gratitude and excitement for the future!

🏅 At Nuview USD, design teams prepared for their "peak moments" (think: their championship game when it comes to their year of learning) by prototyping, testing, reflecting, and revising their presentations of learning. They've done amazing work this year developing Learner Progressions informed by the district's Framework for the Future and Learner Profile.

🎉 Teachers and Instructional Coaches in @eusd_learns reflected on their year of advancing learner centered practices by synthesizing their thinking in a Celebration of Learning. It was a day filled with creativity, reflection, and acknowledgment of tremendous growth.

🚶‍♂️Educators @mentorpublicschools sought community input through focus groups, classroom visits, and forums. We saw innovative spaces, team teaching models, trusting relationships between students and teachers, and tons of alignment across diverse stakeholder groups.

💪 160+ educators from @ocdeptofed came together to imagine their ideal ecosystem for supporting learner-centered learning throughout the county and across Local Education Agencies.

🎤 All of that AND we found ourselves leading sessions @asugsvsummit and District Administration Superintendents Summit.

The amazing work of our learner-centered partners fuel our fire. Educators are amazing and their drive to create learning communities where young people thrive should be celebrated every single day.
Thank you to everyone in attendance at this week's DA Superintendents Summit in Colorado Springs.

@learnercenteredleadership and @marlon_stylesjr had the opportunity to speak with district leaders about leading learner-centered transformation in their communities.

If you're looking for resources on learner-centered leadership, check out our Learner-Centered Leadership Pathway of online courses facilitated by Devin, himself! http://learner-centered.org/courses.
When we prioritize engaging learners in authentic learning experiences and tasks, the entire world becomes our oyster for learning, exploration and reflection! 

Learning outside the four walls of the classroom can be as simple as stepping outside onto the playground to take measurements for learners’ proposed redesign plans, or going on an ethnographic walk through the neighborhood to learn about the history of people, businesses, and organizations, or going on a learning expedition to a local museum or community center to deepen learning within a lesson, unit, or project.

Learn more about how you can creating authentic, real-world learning experiences by visiting our strategies page.
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