Devin Vodicka

3 Optimistic Predictions for the Future of Learner-Centered Education

  As we look towards 2024 and beyond, I foresee several exciting developments in learner-centered education. At Learner-Centered Collaborative our focus remains steadfast on advancing learner-centered education. We envision a future where education systems are dynamically aligned with the needs and aspirations of each learner. The potential for transformative impact is immense, and our ongoing initiatives and collaborations will continue to pave the way for this change. In the coming year, we plan to deepen our research, expand our network of partners, and enhance our programs to reach more educators and learners. We're exploring new frontiers aimed at fostering environments ...

By |January 8th, 2024|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on 3 Optimistic Predictions for the Future of Learner-Centered Education

Navigating Our Future: The Revised Big Questions Shaping Our Research Partnership with UCSD

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the need for research and practices that are robust and reflective of contemporary challenges is imperative. Recognizing this need, Learner-Centered Collaborative, in partnership with UC San Diego, has embarked on a journey to foster innovation and advance knowledge in the field of education through collaborative research projects, shared resources, and joint initiatives. The collaboration between LCC and UCSD will leverage the expertise and resources of both organizations to drive impactful research outcomes to influence improvements for learners and for the field of education.   In October 2023, a consortium of educational leaders, teachers, and researchers ...

By |December 13th, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Navigating Our Future: The Revised Big Questions Shaping Our Research Partnership with UCSD

Scorecards: How Might We Measure What Matters In Schools?

Identifying strengths and possible Scorecard metrics with Hawaii Public Charter School Commission. There are many good reasons to have ways to determine if a school or school system is effective. For one, our schools are preparing our young people to be productive contributing citizens and (hopefully) thriving adults, so best to measure efficacy before it is too late. In addition, schools drive a culture of ongoing improvement; there are significant implications for attracting and retaining students, families, and staff; and, policy makers often use determinations to make decisions regarding funding and resource allocations. The problem is that ...

By |October 3rd, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Scorecards: How Might We Measure What Matters In Schools?

5 Tips for Implementing Learner Profiles

As school leaders, one of our most critical tasks is to balance coherence and flexibility in our educational institutions. Coherence refers to a unified vision and shared understanding among stakeholders, while flexibility allows for adaptability and responsiveness to individual student needs. A valuable tool for achieving this balance is the implementation of a learner profile, also known as a portrait of a graduate. This blog post explores the benefits of using learner profiles and offers practical advice for school leaders on how to effectively incorporate them into their educational systems.   The Power of Learner Profiles A learner profile is ...

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How to Get Started Developing a Learner Profile

Learning communities across the country are asking an important question right now: what does success look like for our learners? Educational leaders are recognizing that clarity of desired outcomes is an important element in promoting coherence and connectedness. As a result, there is an increasing interest in the development of learner profiles that define an aspirational vision for learners in a visual, easily-communicated manner. In brief, the learner profile establishes the whole-child outcomes and it provides a catalyst to transform systems, processes, and structures necessary to support students in developing and demonstrating the outcomes. How is a learner profile different ...

By |April 7th, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How to Get Started Developing a Learner Profile

The Power of Networks

  Learning is social. We are all learners and adults need social learning experiences as well. We know that relational trust is foundational for meaningful growth and change in learning communities and that communities with strong connections and social capital are more likely to be effective.  Unfortunately, the prevailing Industrial model of education promotes isolation through specialization. Our assembly models have led us to organize into “self-contained” classrooms and schools that operate with limited interaction with one another. Many teachers have never seen their neighbors down the hall in action and many principals have never seen the schools down the ...

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Catalyst Collection

Catalyst is a monthly newsletter from Devin Vodicka featuring learner-centered insights and resources for educators, leadership teams, and change-makers. In each edition of Catalyst, Devin shares insights, learnings, and resources about the learner-centered education movement. Browse this collection to read past editions of Catalyst and explore what you missed! Join the conversation! Get the latest newsletter and new editions of Catalyst delivered directly your inbox sign up here. February 2024: The Many Benefits of Getting Outside January 2024: Optimistic Predictions for 2024 December 2023: Centering Learners By Design November 2023: Seeing is Believing October 2023: How do we keep ...

By |January 31st, 2023|Categories: Tools|Tags: , |Comments Off on Catalyst Collection

Rethinking College and Career Readiness in a Hybrid World

The shift to more flexible, hybrid models in both college and career is happening at the same time as our education system is reverting back to a rigid, seat-time based system that was designed for a different era. Explore how we can best prepare students to be flexible, self-directed learners and contributors to society.

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The Four Elements of Trust

Research reveals that there are four elements of relational trust: consistency, compassion, competence, and communication. The balance of these four elements leads to relational trust. Every leader has to determine their own mix to develop the trust that is key for success in a community of change.

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Four Elements of Trust
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The connection between anti-racism and learner-centered education

A learner-centered paradigm, which begins with a respect for the jagged intersectionality of our unique identities, is required if we are to achieve our aspirations of reducing systemic inequalities in education and beyond. Explore how learner-centered education empowers learners to develop their unique identity through exercising agency in pursuit of real-world problem-solving.

By |May 4th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: |10 Comments
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