Teachers trained in Learner-Centered Teaching engage their students in new ways so their students take responsibility for their own learning. These teachers implement high-quality instruction, producing highly engaging and meaningful learning. These teachers also hold high expectations for all students and develop positive and supportive relationships with and among all students.

Learner-Centered Teaching helps educators use research-based classroom practices such as formative assessment, personal conferencing, and targeted academic learning supports and interventions. With these practices, teachers create classroom cultures where students are engaged cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally.

After implementing Learner-Centered Teaching, schools report improved attendance, course completion rates, and GPAs; increased self-management, better relationship skills, and improved decision-making; and stronger academic perseverance. They also report lower rates of course failure, dropouts, late arrivals, absenteeism, disciplinary referrals, and suspensions.

For Learner-Centered Teaching, Engaging Schools offers:

  • Customized plans for individual schools or districts. We work with district leaders, principals, and leadership teams to customize plans that include professional development, coaching, and consulting.
  • A four-day Learner-Centered Teaching institute for schools and districts.

Through training in Learner-Centered Teaching, teachers learn:

  • The role of academic engagement and its impact on student learning and achievement.
  • A range of research-based instructional strategies, core practices, protocols, and procedures for engaging learners.
  • Universal instructional supports and interventions to ensure students’ completion of high-quality work.
  • How to model, teach, practice, and assess habits of learning and metacognitive (learning-to-learn) skills that will improve students’ capacity to meet the Common Core State Standards.
  • Culturally responsive practice.

Students whose teachers use Learner-Centered Teaching:

  • Master key habits of learning, academic mindsets, and learning strategies.
  • Develop strategies to master complex academic content, including the heightened demands of the Common Core State Standards.
  • Set goals, assess their progress, persist in difficult tasks, and develop strategies to navigate complex academic content.
  • Complete high-quality products and presentations.
  • Take more responsibility for their own learning.
  • Make connections between effort and achievement.
  • Feel a sense of pride, competence, satisfaction, and enjoyment related to academic achievement and social interactions.

When schools implement Learner-Centered Teaching, they gain:

  • Faculty and staff members who understand and are committed to Learner-Centered Teaching — and who have the skills to implement and sustain its strategies and practices.
  • Leaders able to focus resources on supporting engaging instruction.
  • Leaders with skills to develop and fine-tune coaching, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Leaders and teachers who use assessment to continuously improve instructional practice

“Developing a warmer socio-emotional climate in the classroom … requires teachers … to believe that their role is that of a change agent — that all students can learn and progress, that achievement for all is changeable and not fixed, and that demonstrating to all students that they care about their learning is both powerful and effective.”

John Hattie, Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement

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