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SEL and Social Justice Series

“When we’re talking about equity, we have to redefine success. Because meaning and fulfillment is the new wealth, and contribution is the only way to earn it.” —Joanne McEachen, CEO, The Learner First The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of educating the whole child and ensuring that their social and emotional needs are met […]

Joanne McEachen on Contributive Learning

In support of the Getting Smart Podcast’s “difference-making” focus, The Learner First’s Joanne McEachen sat down with Getting Smart CEO Tom Vander Ark for a conversation on her new book, The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis: A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools. Contributive learning means “learning to add to the world.” As […]

Profile of a Principal in Liminal Times

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. It’s becoming common to use the anthropological term “liminal” to describe the period of time we are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It means the space and time between things, the state between a past and future state, where our flow of life is disrupted and […]

Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Thoughts and Responses from Education’s Frontline During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), in support of Qatar Foundation’s UNGA Global Goals week platform, is hosting a virtual session launching a WISE Special Edition eBook titled Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Thoughts and Responses from Education’s Frontline During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. Throughout the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic, education […]

SEL Signature Leadership Series

“My advice for senior leaders is to do some work on yourself first. For me, learning about who I am and really being true to myself… has allowed me to be the best leader I can be. If I try to be somebody else, I’m a terrible leader…. The very best leader you can be […]

New Book Out Now! The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

Available as a paperback and eBook on Amazon here. “The very best outcome we can hope for—from anything—is to make people’s lives, and the world, better.” — from The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis, by Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane “This book marks a true meta-moment for schools­­, a chance to consider what […]

Turning the Lock on the Assessment Vault

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. By questioning and so challenging the assumption that an exam or test gives us the truth of what a child knows and understands, we dislodge belief systems and practices of 100 or so years. In dislodging these we challenge deeply held values and so enter the […]

Driving in the Dark

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. When you drive at night your vision is limited by the scope and quality of the car headlights. You can see an arc in front of you that guides you along the road. At the edges of the light, shapes are hard to discern. Sometimes, they […]

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

Click here to be notified when the book is available. Education is in crisis, but there is a way out. Schools can commit to contributive learning, so that all students learn how to add to the world. The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis: A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools is a story […]

Measuring Human Return Audio Companion Guide

Mary Coverdale, Executive Director of The Learner First, Australia, has written and recorded an Audio Companion Guide to Measuring Human Return: Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning (Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane, 2018), out now and available for listening and download from The Learner First. The Audio Companion Guide is a free […]