Modeling a learner-centered approach in faculty meetings provides examples and inspiration that can be leveraged with students. Develop the structure and content of your team meetings with this free template.
A protocol for leadership and teaching teams that supports making intentional choices to prioritize, integrate, and do things differently, based on your vision and values, to help achieve desired goals.
Building on its work with nearly 150 partners and guided by a new distinguished Board of Directors, the mission-driven organization is among the learner-centered movement leaders empowering all students to know themselves, thrive in community, and actively engage in the world as their best selves.
The principles and prompts contained in this handout are designed to support school and district leaders in cultivating learning ecosystems that empower all learners to know who they are, thrive in community, and actively engage in the world as their best selves. Please complete the form below to access the resource. Thank you!
Researchers and practitioners alike have long advocated for the need to change traditional “stand-and-deliver” and “episodic” professional development models, yet little has changed in practice. There is wide agreement that professional learning should be job-embedded, collaborative, and involve ongoing opportunities for coaching and feedback, yet many teachers are still required to attend sessions on the latest programs or initiatives, often without a clear connection to helping students attain the desired learning outcomes. TNTP published a report in 2015, The Mirage, which found that districts spent an average of $18,000 per teacher on professional development. Despite this investment, most teachers ...
Education Leaders and Practitioners Announce New Organization, Learner-Centered Collaborative, a comprehensive professional learning organization with decades of experience supporting schools, districts, and states in their shift to learner-centered models of education.
Educators can use this handout to review the differences between ladder and knot learning, as well as brainstorm ways to incorporate both types of learning experiences into their school or district's learning model. Please complete the form below to access the resource. Thank you!
Educators and instructional leaders can use this table as a reflection tool to identify specific opportunities to shift from an industrial paradigm to a learner-centered paradigm. Please complete the form below to access the resource. Thank you!
As we shift to learner-centered education, we will need to also expand our view of success to include new measures of success. As a result, we have developed a Framework that emphasizes critical learner outcomes of Agency, Collaboration, and Real-World Problem Solving. Over time, we will be providing updates on these measures to evaluate and inform our efforts. This brief includes highlights of evidence we have seen to date.
What does a post-industrial educational system need to measure in order to better prepare all learners for an era of accelerating change? How can we leverage a wider range of inputs for more holistic and actionable measurements of success? Schools are increasingly adopting learner-centered assessment approaches to measure academic and social-emotional competencies alongside new inputs that capture the skills necessary for success today. Competency-based learning practices honor that all learners are unique, they progress at varying paces, and can demonstrate aptitude in different ways.
As the world continues to evolve and change, there is an increasingly urgent call to create schools that equip learners with the academic and social skills that are critical for success in work, life, and citizenship in our world today. Many educators recognize the diverse strengths and challenges that children come to school with and understand that to truly develop and grow unique individuals we cannot teach in a standardized way. Transitioning from a teacher-centered to a learner-centric model is very challenging. The shift in practices can have profound effects in every corner of a district, from the facilities office to the classroom. The key to collective success in a school community is the learner voice, and embracing learner agency leads to a stronger, more cohesive learning community.
Transforming education to best prepare learners for success in today’s world requires an intentional, coordinated approach throughout a learning community. Leadership sets the stage to create the enabling conditions for change, teams collaborate to develop educator capacity, and everyone—from the district office to the classroom—contributes to scale and sustain practices. Learning happens through life experiences—not just in the classroom. An authentic approach to learning enables students to use their strengths and interests so they can solve problems that matter to them, creating both strong problem solvers and creative innovators.