Sharing the Learning

The Learner First founder and CEO Joanne McEachen traveled to Australia and New Zealand in recent weeks to share her leading thinking on deeper learning, educational measurement and assessment, and whole-system change. On October 16, Joanne…
Measuring Human Return

Measuring Human Return

What do we value as humans? Some things are important no matter where or who we are. These universal human values demonstrate what we want for ourselves and others both individually and collectively, along with what it really takes to lead…

Calling All Teachers to Stop the Insanity

Let’s do our part, teachers, to stop the insanity. Let’s not wake up again, like every other day, to hear about the next mass shooting, the shooting of a person because of their color, or other tragedies of politics, famine, war, and hate,…

Humanity

What would happen if: Equity was a right, not a fight? We didn’t need to have money as the means for trading? We all cared for, took responsibility for and loved at least one person each? Everyone had access to health? …

Learning Beyond the Known

Putting the learner first and at the center of the teaching and learning process means evaluating every decision – at every level of the education system – through the lens of how it will impact learners. It requires educators to understand…

Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA)

You know it’s time to stop teaching to the test, but you aren’t sure how else to get trackable, evidence-based assessments. Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA) shows you, in real time, which learners need help the most and why.…

Measuring the why of student success

Standardized tests are supposed to objectively show what a learner knows. The theory goes that if all students answer the same test questions, you will get a clear picture of who knows what. But that isn’t how it works in the real world…

Failure is not an option

Federal Education policy makes targeting the lowest performing schools the priority. It is widely understood that school performance across the US is uneven. While some schools are performing very well, others are in dire need of help. Under…
Interview VI, Molly Jaynes

Cesar Chavez Teacher, Molly Jaynes: Part Two

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part two of our interview with Molly Jaynes, a teacher. Part one…

Cesar Chavez Teacher, Molly Jaynes: Part One

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part one of our interview with Molly Jaynes, an elementary school…