Empower learners to understand their needs, strengths, interests and approaches to learning
In a Learner Focused environment, learners develop a deep understanding of their needs, interests and strengths around academics, health and wellness, social-emotional development, culture, language, living situations and cognitive skills. They experience learning that is relevant, contextualized and built just for them.
point higher GPA among ninth-grade students provided with a culturally relevant curriculum (4.0 scale)
How Do Learner Focused Experiences Help Students?
Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. What occurs inside children and outside their classrooms has an enormous impact on their academic success. Students thrive when their learning is relevant to their lives and shaped by their individual needs, interests and
strengths. Understanding all the factors at play—even the ones that teachers can’t control—makes those factors into sources of strength, rather than barriers to progress.
The Elements of Learner Focused
Students develop a deep understanding of needs, interests and strengths around: academics, health and wellness, social/emotional development, culture and language, living situation and cognitive skills.
Students experience learning that is relevant, contextualized and designed for their individual needs, interests and strengths.
“One way to build on prior knowledge is to connect with a learner’s interests.”
Reis, S. M., McCoach, D. B., Little, C. A., Muller, L. M., & Kaniskan, R. B. (2011)
What Does the Research Say?
When learners choose their own reading material based on their interests, their reading skills improve, in both the elementary and middle grades.1
Integrating social-emotional development into academic lessons improves student behavior, which leads to greater content knowledge and motivation to learn.2
Culturally responsive teaching includes: high academic expectations and using student strengths; cultural competence, where teachers reshape lessons based on the culture of the students; and critical consciousness, where teachers share power, engage in social justice and encourage students to challenge the status quo.3
1. Learner Focused Element #1
2. Learner Focused Element #3
3. Learner Focused Element #4
Culture and language