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…

What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of Schools?

The impact of COVID-19 on education means schools as we know them will never be the same. All of us––children, educators, parents, and communities globally––have learned a valuable lesson: not everyone’s experience of learning is…

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…

You Help Students Learn How to Add to the World

The contributions teachers make to their students and communities exemplify the human capacity to add––to make people’s lives, and the world, better. Teachers show us what it means to commit to the well-being of others and clear out their…

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…

Cellular Memory and Human Survival

When I was four years old, I asked my mother if we were all just little specks inside a giant’s thumb. I imagined these tiny, glittering specks that covered every inch of the giant’s massive body, and that lived in the same way within every…

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,…

Time to Connect

Connect With Others, Your Environments, Your Learning, and the World. As humans, we can form connections with the people we know and interact with, the animals and environments around us, what we learn in our lives, and the whole of humanity.…

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…

Connections

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…