Five Critical Questions to Ask Any Provider of School/System Change or Professional Learning and Development.

1. What shifts have you been able to achieve for students so far, and how long does it take to see them? Always ask to see the actual evidence. This is always a relevant question, even if the initiative is targeted primarily at teachers. 2.…

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…

Student Competency

The US education system assumes that a high school diploma means you have met certain standards in universal skills like language, mathematics and reading. Our systems are pretty much aligned with the concept that it takes until 12th grade…

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…

The New Assessment Challenge

Creating a new system to assess learners has its challenges, but it can be done. How? Start by considering what matters most to your learners, within their context. Think about what success means and describe what it looks like. Once…

Engaging Kids Through Our Rich, Modern Media Environment

Many parents are concerned about the effect that modern technologies like video games and social media are having on their children. The Iñupiaq people in Alaska are no exception. Because their language had no writing system for most of…

Learning Programs

Schools and systems  want a better way of teaching and assessing their students, but often don’t know how, or where to begin. The education system has been so focused on test scores and standardization that although we know we need something…

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…

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…

Designing Deep Learning

Learning is deepest when it connects to students’ lives – who they are, what they are interested in learning, and how they can use their learning to make a difference in their own lives, the lives of others, and the world. When thinking…