Learner-Centered Connections

Micro-networks connecting education leaders, districts, schools, and businesses in service of learners and learning

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Our 2023-24 Learner-Centered Connections program is quickly taking shape and there are a few spots left for district teams that would still like to join.

 Participants expressed great interest in seeing exemplar schools to help them implement their plans, ideas, visions, and frameworks for the future. We’re excited to announce the 2-day fall school visit lineup featuring innovative, public schools that are putting their visions into action with learners every day. 


October 9th-10th, San Diego, CA

School visits: 

  • Bostonia Global (Cajon Valley USD) 
    A creative learning environment where strengths and individuality are respected and students are encouraged to apply knowledge learned utilizing innovative methods.
  • Conway Academy of Expeditionary Learning (Escondido USD)
    Classrooms that are alive with inquiry where students discover their unlimited potential by aligning character and scholarly goals to the E.P.I.C norms (Excellence, Perseverance, Integrity, and Compassion)  and the three dimensions of learning: mastery of knowledge of skills, character, and high quality work.
  • Design39Campus (Poway USD)
    Learning experiences are designed with the individual learner in mind. The collaborative community, nurtures creative confidence, practices design thinking, learns through inquiry, connects globally, uses technology and real world tools, and promotes the courage and growth mindset necessary to change the world.
  • Vista Innovation & Design Academy (VIDA, Vista USD)
    VIDA uses the design thinking process to nourish creative thinking skills that will empower students to apply what they learn and create non-traditional solutions to yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s problems.

Industry visit: Illumina, a global company based in San Diego on a mission to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome.

If you’d like to learn more and discuss how your district can get involved with this year’s cohort contact me at marlon@learnercentered.org.

Apply now for our 2023-24 cohort! We are accepting US education and leadership teams of up to 4 people.

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Learner-Centered Connections is an opportunity to join a micro-network of education leaders, districts, schools, and businesses to accelerate learner-centered innovation to benefit all our young learners. This program includes:

  • Fall and spring school and industry visits
  • In-person connections with colleagues nationwide based on shared goals, affinities, and interests.
  • Year-round virtual access to coaching sessions, a mentor district, communities of practice, and cohort colleagues.

We continue to hear how much value partners get from visiting education spaces within their districts and beyond and we can’t wait to bring our 2023-24 Connections Cohort to see some of the nation’s best learner-centered communities and support them to bring back these exemplar practices to their districts.

To join this year’s cohort email our team.


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Connections Facilitators

Devin Vodicka
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Katie Martin
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Marlon Styles
Learner-Centered Collaborative