Entries by The Team

Don’t Let the Past Block Your Path to the Future

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. At the moment, I’m reminded of the way the city of Troy was invaded by the Trojan Horse. The invasion succeeded because of subterfuge and deceit––tactics that preyed on the misplaced trust that the leaders of Troy placed in prior experience. We see something similar with […]

Episode 1 – Maintaining Personal Wellbeing

“The minute we separate learning and wellbeing, we lose.” – Joanne McEachen On episode one of her new series on QELi TV, The Learner First Founder and CEO Joanne McEachen was interviewed by Dominic Regester (Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar) for a conversation on “Maintaining Personal Wellbeing” during the coronavirus crisis. Joanne talks about what […]

Thanks for All You Do

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. As we celebrate Anzac Day here in Australia, I pay tribute to the army of educators who have become first responders in this time of COVID-19. Their ability to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances stoically and rapidly has been vital in creating some stability in […]

The Learner First on TLTalkRadio

“For me, the purpose of education is for every child to learn who they are, how they fit into the world, and how they can contribute…. If we allow that to come through, then we can make the world a better place.” –– Joanne McEachen, Founder and CEO, The Learner First The Learner First’s Joanne […]

The Contribution Kit

Contributive learning develops self-understanding, connection, knowledge, and competency. When these come together, we add to the world. And that leads to well-being, meaning, and fulfillment. This is the heart of the Contribution Kit––10 modules from The Learner First that guide teachers and students to contributive learning. Each module has ideas and strategies you can use […]


What happens when leaders ask educators to connect with students? Turns out, it’s a lot like asking students to do work they haven’t learned––to expect deeper connections without new learning is futile. I honestly don’t believe that educators are withholding a capacity to build deeper connections. I believe that we are all doing our best […]