Learners are empowered to holistically understand their needs, strengths, and interests.
points higher GPA among ninth-grade students provided with a culturally relevant curriculum (4.0 scale)
How Do Learner Focused Experiences Help Students?
The Guidelines of Learner Focused
- academic needs, strengths, and interests
- physical and mental health
- social and emotional learning
- cognitive skills (i.e. focus, working memory)
- identity and culture
- social and community context
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 Guideline #1
Learners deepen their understanding of their academic needs, strengths, and interests
2. Learner Focused Guideline #1
Learners deepen their understanding of their social and emotional learning
3. Learner Focused Guideline #1
Learners deepen their understanding of their identity and culture