A K-12 education project, committed to making learner-centered education available to every child in the U.S.
Generously Supported by:
American Federation of Teachers
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
Jaquelin Hume Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
National Education Association
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
To enable all children to fulfill their full potential as empowered individuals, constructive members of their communities, productive participants in the economy, and engaged citizens of the US and the world.
At the time of the project, the education system – designed in a different era and structured for a different society – was outdated and out of touch. The economy, society, and polity are increasingly at risk from an educational system that does not consistently prepare all children to succeed as adults and is least effective for the children facing the greatest social and economic challenges. Conversely, the Internet revolution has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity for new approaches to learning. The growing recognition of the importance of skills and dispositions is also sparking a shift toward experiential learning.
Five Elements of Great Learning
The work of education is learning, and this can only be done by and with young learners. Young people learn to own and drive their unique educational experience. This is done in partnership with adults and other young learners.
Rooted in meaningful relationships with family, peers, qualified adults, and community members, socially embedded learning is grounded in community and social interaction. It values face-to-face contact, as well as opportunities to connect virtually, and recognizes the significance of establishing continuity in children’s lives through the development of stable relationships.
Education values the diverse lived experiences of young people, viewing them as assets to be built upon rather than deficiencies to be remediated. A learner’s passions, strengths, needs, family, culture, and community are guiding considerations in developing unique learning pathways.
Revising the membership rules and assigning responsibility to create new expectations for the budget process so that Congress and the public can expect more timely action on budget decisions.
Because each learner’s pathways is unique, learning happens in so many different ways and in so many different places, and each learner is allowed to demonstrate what they know and can do in ways that suit their pathways and strengths; competency-based structures are critical to learner-centered education.
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