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.

Welcome Mary Coverdale!

We warmly welcome Mary Coverdale as our new Executive Director of The Learner First, Australia.

Mary deeply believes in honouring every child by ensuring that who they are and what they bring to our world is embraced and enabled. Reducing inequity drives her work.

Welcome to the Team, Mary – we are honoured to have you to learn from and with.

New Book Release

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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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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