What’s different about our approach?
The Learner First approach is not about pull-out programs; it’s about deeper system shift. We interrogate the entire system through the eyes of the learners who have been least served. When we create a system and culture where these learners thrive, everyone else does too.
“A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS”
We start with specific groups of the learners who have not ever been or felt successful–we support them to them figure out who they are, and what’s stopping them from succeeding.
We work out the needs of these learners to identify specific capability that teachers, leaders, schools and the region need to lead this work.. We prioritize such that the most important needs are addressed first and fast.
We use the frame of whole system change, targeting policies, behaviors, attitudes, and practices. And we leave the people in the community with the capability to do their own strengths and needs assessments, enact the change, and self-review the impact.
We simultaneously apply this breakthrough thinking at the regional and system levels. This helps ensure a crystal-clear shared understanding about what really matters and what it’s going to take to achieve it right across the system.