Listening to students is at the heart of learner-centered education and is imperative when designing a learner profile. Engaging in this critical step allows district and school leaders to build trust and solicit input from students.
When we foster agency in learners they become adept at setting goals for themselves, initiate action, and persist through challenges. One of the main tenets of whole-learner outcomes is learner agency. Making academic choices and persisting through challenges empowers students to drive their own educational journeys. Once you unleash student agency, many things get better that weren’t part of the original plan.