A Revolutionary Approach
The Learner First’s proven, whole-system approach addresses these issues through an inquiry-based process that identifies why learners are struggling in the system and facilitates the necessary change.
We begin with a baseline qualitative and quantitative assessment of student performance and the learning ecosystem. Districts then establish a change plan and begin meeting regularly in Change Teams, which are formed at the district and school level and made up of teachers, parents/families, a Learner First Change Catalyst, administrators and community leaders.
Learning conditions improve with a deepening knowledge of students. Truly understanding your learners means knowing and celebrating who they are as individuals, figuring out what interests and excites them, and identifying their strengths and areas for improvement. This knowledge will allow you to develop a plan for supporting learners, whose awareness of teachers’ care and appreciation gives them hope and belief in their capacity to thrive.
In order to support that process, we work with teachers and leaders to identify barriers and remove them, learn what works and what doesn’t, and build the capacity of leaders to create a fertile environment for teachers to innovate, design and learn.
Finally, we support schools and districts through the process of Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA) in order to provide a rich picture of student progress. AMMA involves the synthesis of tests, work products, grades, interviews, surveys and other relevant assessment evidence to get a complete picture of how each student is doing. Informed by AMMA ratings, schools and districts establish regular cycles of inquiry for continuous improvement.