The Learner First has partnered with Federal Way Public Schools (Washington state) and Oklahoma City Public Schools to analyze system conditions through the eyes of the learners who have been historically least well served. We worked together to create a culture where all learners thrive.
The Learner First conducted a baseline system assessment to identify the learners who were struggling the most, using a rubric-guided inquiry process to create an environment where all learners thrive and teachers are enabled and supported to design deep, meaningful learning experiences that connect to learners lives and interests.
Learner First Change Catalysts facilitated Change Teams at the school and district level that included and empowered teachers, administrators, parents/families, and community leaders to identify the areas of greatest need and come up with solutions. Change Teams solved problems in real time and, by creating channels of communication between teams, created alignment between the district office and the schools so that everyone was on the same page; the district understood the needs at the school level; and educators in each school knew they had meaningful, responsive support from the district.
Measured and informed by Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA), we were able to show student achievement and growth.
For ten years, we’ve been struggling with this issue of trying to figure out how in the world do we help these students who are traditionally not achieving their full potential. And that’s the key to Learner First: thinking of the real solutions behind the problems and looking at the real data, and having the change teams helps us with identifying and overcoming those barriers. We’ve seen some amazing results.
– A Learner First Principal