Putting the learner first means focusing all activity within our schools and districts on the development of deeper learning outcomes. By measuring these outcomes and what enables their development, we support learners to contribute to others’ lives and their communities in meaningful and fulfilling ways – we support them to succeed now and in their futures.

Meet Joanne McEachen

Joanne is CEO/Founder of The Learner First (USA/Australia), on the Executive Committee for Karanga The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills, a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar (Austria) and Co-Founder of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (Global).

She has spent 30 plus years working within and across school systems in multiple countries and can offer insights and strategies to re-connect the lives of students, teachers, families and communities to what matters most. She provides ways to redefine what success looks like, recognizes that we learn best through contributing and has developed the Human Return Framework; a meaningful and relevant way to make the important measurable and not the measurable important.

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Measuring Human Return

Measuring Human Return

Measuring Human Return explores how to put learners first by measuring and developing the outcomes that matter.

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Learn about, improve, and expand your world of learning. This books provides an essential roadmap for building capacity in teachers, schools, districts, and systems to design deep learning, measure progress, and assess conditions needed to activate and sustain innovation.

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Continuing the Well-Being Journey: You Can't Give What You Don't Have

  Ellen Perconti is the Superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State. For an introduction to Goldendale, see the first post in this series here.   "You can't give what you don't have." I've heard this quote multiple…

Setting out on the Journey to System-Wide Wellbeing

Goldendale School District is a district of three schools (one primary, one middle, and one high school) and 920 students located in Washington State. To help kick off the 2019-20 school year, teachers and other school- and district-level staff…

HOW MUCH MORE ARROGANT COULD WE BE?: Changing Education's Adult-Centered Narrative

While traveling across the globe for a recent event and meeting with diverse groups of education leaders, I was struck with the long-reoccurring awareness that we, as adults in education systems globally, have been incredibly arrogant in our…

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