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?
The Elements of Learner Focused
“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?
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