Learner-Centered Collaborative

Ladder and Knot Outcomes

The first step in designing learner-centered experiences, assessment systems, and structures that are competency-based is to define the desired learning outcomes—what we want students to know and be able to do.  There are two types of learning outcomes and, ideally, we are tending to both. We often think of them as Ladder and Knot outcomes. This tool provides an overview of each type of outcome and will guide you to identify and reflect on the outcomes in your current practices.  Please complete the form below to access the resource.

By |February 15th, 2024|Categories: Tools|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ladder and Knot Outcomes

These Pennsylvania Educators are Ready to Make Change Happen

Co-authored by Brittany Griffin and Jesse Ross Collaborative, learner-centered innovation has taken off in Western Pennsylvania. Throughout the 2023-24 school year, 23 educators from four Western Pennsylvania school districts—Hampton Township, Shaler Area, Deer Lakes, and Avonworth—are participating in a Learner-Centered Collaborative Innovation Cohort. Get an inside view into the experience in this 3-part series (updated after each in-person learning day).   Fall Cohort Convening Launch. Self-assess. Set goals. Celebrate. This particular regional Innovation Cohort is designed to enhance and deepen the learner-centered practices each educator is implementing in their classrooms and across their districts. Throughout the academic year, educators will ...

By |February 7th, 2024|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on These Pennsylvania Educators are Ready to Make Change Happen

Webinar Recording: Beyond Standards: Innovations in Competency Based Assessment

Tired of standardized tests and letter grades that fall short of capturing deeper learning? Explore the possibilities of competency-based assessment with school leaders at Embark Education as they: Explain the core principles and benefits of competency-based assessment. Share real-world examples and applications of competency frameworks in action. Provide valuable insights and lessons learned from designing and implementing competency-based models. You'll come away with examples of competency-based assessment frameworks to help you reimagine assessment and grading in your specific context.   View recording Keep the learning going! Check out our Use Assessment as a Tool for Learning online course.

By |February 1st, 2024|Categories: Blog, Events|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Webinar Recording: Beyond Standards: Innovations in Competency Based Assessment

Scorecard Template

  To achieve our desired outcomes in education, it is important to have clear success metrics, monitor progress in real-time, and implement a dashboard system that focuses on organizational goals. A scorecard is a helpful instrument to accomplish all this. Complete the information below to access the tool:

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Goal-Setting and Reflection Template

Goal-setting and reflecting is a part of a learner-centered practice and it can and should take place with our youngest of learners all the way through to our most senior administrators. This tool is intended to support educators and leaders to set meaningful and relevant goals that will support a growth mindset and continuous improvement. Complete the information below to access the tool:

By |December 19th, 2023|Categories: Tools|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Goal-Setting and Reflection Template

Elevating Learner Voices: Deer Lakes Students Share Their Vision in Video

At Learner-Centered Collaborative, we know centering student voice is key for meaningful change in education. We recently witnessed the power of learner voice in an impressive video produced by high school students at our partner district, Deer Lakes School District. To showcase Deer Lakes’ work with Learner-Centered Collaborative to redesign learning, high school students created a video highlighting their school’s Portrait of a Learner. This framework, developed through an extensive process engaging all stakeholders, defines 5 key competencies Deer Lakes graduates need to thrive: creativity, communication, collaboration, empowered citizenship, and wellness. While the video summarizes the collaborative process the district ...

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Leadership Forum: Igniting Limitless Potential for All Learners with Encinitas Union School District

Our Learner-Centered Leadership Forum series is an opportunity to gain timely, first-hand insights, examples, ideas, and lessons learned from learner-centered district leaders doing the work in the field with their teams, community, and learners. In this second event in the series in December 2023, Encinitas Superintendent Andrée Grey and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Amy Illingworth shared about their vibrant approach to communicating the district’s common vision and how educators play an important role in how the stories of all learners unfold. Gain valuable insights and creative examples of how the district is rallying behind its learner profile and making ...

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Strategy: Provide goal setting frameworks and tools

Personalized Learning Strategy: Provide goal-setting frameworks and tools NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Develop Learner Agency Course Goal-setting is an important life skill and leads to better learning outcomes when done right. Providing tools and frameworks, such as SMART Goals and WOOP Goals, to learners to scaffold their goal-setting and reflecting process has proven to be an effective strategy that leads to long-term goal-setting Bright Spots Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners. Creating your own Bright Spots? Let's get them out into ...

By |December 9th, 2023|Categories: Learner-Centered Strategies|Tags: , |Comments Off on Strategy: Provide goal setting frameworks and tools

2023 Impact Report

Mobilizing Toward Learner-Centered Education As a non-profit in pursuit of a vision for education ecosystems where all learners know who they are, thrive in community, and actively engage in the world as their best selves we are pleased to present our 2023 Impact Report. This report speaks to our continued progress supporting schools, districts, and states; convening networks of leaders, practitioners, and change-makers; and leveraging research to guide and inform the path forward. Enclosed you will find: A letter from our executives Partner network overview Impact stories from partner schools and districts Impact to date in: Research and Development Convenings ...

By |December 8th, 2023|Categories: Impact Reports|Tags: |Comments Off on 2023 Impact Report

Strategy: Create Learner Jobs

Personalized Learning Strategy: Create Learner Jobs NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Develop Learner Agency Course Learners identify classroom leadership roles, creating a sense of accountability for their classroom community. Learners can take on jobs like classroom photographer, greeter (for guests), birthday celebrator, historian, etc. There are so many ways that students can help! Learner jobs create a sense of ownership for the students and empower them to take on responsibilities that make the learning community function. Bright Spots Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with ...

What It Means to Center Learners By Design

What does learner-centered education have to do with design? A lot, actually. At the core, both design and learner-centered education are human-centered. Contrary to what one might think, they don’t require a blank canvas or a sleek modern building, but rather a story, assets to build upon, challenges to address, and a deep understanding about ourselves, each other, and our needs and aspirations. Similarly, design and learner-centered education are not free-for-alls, but rather an intentional focus on what matters most for those at the center of impact. When it comes to design and learner-centered education the ultimate test is: ...

By |November 29th, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What It Means to Center Learners By Design

When to Leverage AI

AI is here. With its arrival also comes a renewed tension often felt around technology: striking the balance of efficiency and valuable human interaction. This tool guides education practitioners and leaders to evaluate which tasks can best harness the power of AI, which are best left to be done by humans, and everything in between.  Once you’ve determined which tasks would benefit from AI, this tool also contains additional resources to help find the right tool for the job.   Complete the information below to access the tool:

By |November 17th, 2023|Categories: Tools|Tags: , , |Comments Off on When to Leverage AI

Webinar Recording: Supercharge Learning: Unlocking the Learner-Centered Power of AI

Join host Marlon Styles and guests Sophia Mendoza (Los Angeles Unified School District) and Brittany Griffin as they discuss strategies for leveraging AI to supercharge learner-centered education. In this engaging webinar, they explore topics including: Creative ways educators are currently using AI like summarizing text and generating feedback Ideas for how school leaders, teachers, and students can enhance learning experiences with AI tools A live demonstration of how the AI tool Gamma can quickly generate educational resources An inside look at how LAUSD is laying the groundwork for responsible use of AI through professional development and digital citizenship Guidance on ...

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Feedback Protocol

Here’s the scene: You provided really thoughtful comments on a completed assignment and your feedback was never even read! Say goodbye to spending hours on “dead-end” feedback.  Reclaim the power of feedback with a flip in practice and timing that makes feedback an actionable part of the learning process that is aligned to learning goals and driven by the learner. Download our free feedback protocol tool to set your learners up for giving and receiving meaningful, actionable feedback from peers, teachers, and experts.    Complete the information below to access the tool:

By |October 19th, 2023|Categories: Tools|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Feedback Protocol

Leadership Forum: Reimagining the Learner Experience with Santa Ana Unified School District

Our Learner-Centered Leadership Forum series is an opportunity to gain timely, first-hand insights, examples, ideas, and lessons learned from learner-centered district leaders doing the work in the field with their teams, community, and learners. In this first event in the series in September 2023, Santa Ana Unified School District leaders, Superintendent Jerry Almendarez and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Perez, opened up about their transformative journey in reimagining the learner experience across their district. The urban/suburban public school district is the second largest in Orange County, CA serving 45,000 students from early childhood through high school. Hear about their big moves ...

By |October 5th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Events|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Leadership Forum: Reimagining the Learner Experience with Santa Ana Unified School District

Equity of Voice Audit

Research shows that those doing most of the "talking" in the classroom are also doing most of the learning. Are all learner voices, verbal and non-verbal, being heard in your classroom? Not sure? Use this tool to audit equity of voice and identify areas of opportunity for further personalizing the learning experience for each learner by amplifying learner voice. Complete the form to access the tool:

By |September 21st, 2023|Categories: Tools|Tags: , |Comments Off on Equity of Voice Audit

Strategy: Explore Identity with Learners

Inclusive & Equitable Learning Strategy: Explore Identities with Learners NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Cultivate a Sense of Belonging Course Exploring and sharing about our identity helps us become more aware of our own backgrounds and how they influence how we show up in the world. It also helps us get to know those in community with us to better create inclusive environments where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Identity is made up of many elements including social and personal identity. Social identities define the social groups that you belong to and can be ...

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