Our Learner-Centered Framework

When we start with learners, we start from a place of possibility. With learners at the center, we define the desired outcomes, design meaningful learning experiences, and create the enabling conditions to bring our vision for learners to life. Our framework is designed to align with the world we live in and develop learners who will become engaged and productive citizens.

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This model guides our work at Learner-Centered Collaborative and serves as a blueprint for all our partners as they build out their unique learning models.

Whole-Learner Outcomes
Learning Experiences
Enabling Conditions

Whole-Learner Outcomes:

The system is centered on attending to the social, emotional, cognitive, and mental health needs of learners.

Learners set goals, initiate action, and persist through challenges by pursuing interests, building on strengths, and working purposefully to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions critical for a changing world.
By building empathy, respect, understanding and connection with communities near and far, learners express comfort working with people similar to and different from themselves, can be relied upon, and engage productively with all.
Respectfully expressing curiosity about the past, present, and future, learners plan, apply skills and knowledge, and reflect often to carry out individual and collective action to solve problems that matter to them and their world.

Learning Experiences:

The experiences that are co-designed and facilitated with learners to ensure they can demonstrate mastery of desired learner outcomes.

An evidence-based instruction, assessment, and feedback cycle that drives learning based on progress toward desired knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Meaningful, relevant learning grounded in real-world challenges and applications for authentic audiences.

Learning is co-constructed based on each learner’s unique strengths, skills, interests, and needs.
Collaborative and culturally relevant learning communities where every learner feels they belong and can tap into their full academic and social potential, contributing to the collective success of their community.

Enabling Conditions:

The conditions that are critical to support the learning experiences that lead to desired learner-centered outcomes.


Coherence that includes a vision, ideal learner profile, learning model, and aligned resources working toward shared aspirations.

The policies, such as grading and reporting, homework, evaluation, and attendance, that support a learner-centered paradigm and empower all learners to demonstrate mastery in flexible times and spaces.

Whole-learner outcomes are prioritized and transparent learning progressions provide clarity for all stakeholders on what students should know and be able to do at set grade bands.
Learner-centered curricula, programs, and tools support educators to effectively meet the needs of learners. Resources are allocated to prioritize initiatives that are aligned with the vision and support the shift to a learner-centered paradigm.


This culture is characterized by beliefs that reflect high expectations for student success, utilizing a shared language that represents a focus on student learning as opposed to instructional compliance. Teachers and leaders believe that it is their fundamental task to evaluate the effect of their practice on students’ progress and achievement. They place value in solving problems of practice together with students and other practitioners.

Consistency, compassion, communication, and competency result in high levels of relational trust and collaboration among educators, administrators, teachers, and the community. Network systems move away from an externally oriented, compliance-driven focus to one that embraces agency and empowerment from individuals and teams. Improving relationships and connectivity improves the conditions for teaching, learning, and student achievement.

Systems are set up for continuous improvement, professional learning, and talent development, beginning at recruitment and continuing through each individual’s career. Expectations, alignment, and personalized professional learning opportunities exist for employees to self-assess, set goals, and engage in learning cycles and action research with feedback and support to improve their practice.


Tools, resources, data, and supportive systems are in place to empower impactful teaching and learning opportunities. Learning environments with robust infrastructure are designed to support anytime, anywhere learning. The system provides equity in access and opportunity for each student.

Schedules and experiences in and out of school support the learning model to make learning more personalized, authentic, and competency-based. The use of time and space aligns with individual learner needs, pace, interests, and preferences.
Learning happens in learners and therefore access points beyond the walls of the school support students and empower families. To address barriers and expand access to real-world learning, a variety of community, industry, and family partnerships allow for students to explore passions and expand experiences and opportunities.

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If you’re ready to put learners at the center, you’ve come to the right place.