Entries by The Team

Cesar Chavez Librarian, Heidi Tuers-Jackson: Part Two

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part two of our interview with Heidi Tuers-Jackson, an elementary school librarian. Part one can be read here. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Have […]

Cesar Chavez Librarian, Heidi Tuers-Jackson: Part One

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part one of our interview with Heidi Tuers-Jackson, an elementary school librarian. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. I wanted to ask you a few […]

The Deep Learning Lab 2017

The Learner First team was in Toronto for the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) Global Deep Learning Lab, which brought NPDL participants and other education leaders from around the world together to push our thinking and deepen our collective learning. The event offered a chance for a range of education and thought leaders to […]

Our webinar in top three of 2016!

The American Evaluation Association picked its top three eStudies from 2016, and we are honored and delighted that Joanne’s presentation with Jane Davidson, “Evaluation-Driven Deep Whole-System Change,” in June was selected. So, if you missed it, you’ll have another chance to see it because AEA are making it, and the other two top presentations, available […]

Singing in Spanish

Both a recent episode of Morning Edition from NPR and a story that played on 89.3 KPCC visit a dual-language school called Stone Avenue in Riverside, California. Ron Morris, a kindergarten teacher, takes his students through the same subjects that all kids learn (math, spelling, etc.), but teaches them in Spanish, tapping into his learners’ […]

Putting a Face on Graduation Rates

The Tampa Bay Times recently interviewed Jeff Eakins, superintendent of Hillsborough Schools, about his efforts to improve graduation rates. Eakins had some insightful things to say about his role and what works when you’re trying to help students make it to the finish line. First, Eakins credits the gains in graduation rates that his district […]

Learners Are Not Failing the System —The System is Failing Learners

Joanne is featured in the latest issue of Pioneering, Education Reimagined: “Learners Are Not Failing the System —The System is Failing Learners.” Read about how the education system is not just in need of an overhaul but a full transformation, and how to do it through The Learner First systems and processes!

Blazing Trails in Oklahoma City Public Schools

Sparked by their work with The Learner First, Oklahoma City Public Schools have ditched test driven teaching tools in favor of a bold, new direction: project-based learning. The exciting new teaching methods have drawn the attention of the Oklahoma Gazette. Check out their awesome article about what this means for the learners in their district.