Learner-Centered Professional Learning Culture

By Kim Carter

Learner-Centered Professional Learning Culture maps the transitions and transformations from “School Centered” to “Learner-Centered.” As the professional learning culture deepens. schools transition to practices that ensure every learner is equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to realize their potential.

With an intentional focus on educational equity—defined as:

  • Academic achievement
  • Positive socio-cultural and linguistic identity
  • Equity Literacy (the ability to recognize, respond to, and redress inequity)

The tool delineates essential elements for building and sustaining professional learning cultures that operationalize the guiding principles for learner-centered teaching.

Kim Carter, Executive Director of the Q.E.D. Foundation and Students at the Center Distinguished Fellow alum, developed this tool for educational leaders responsible for and/or interested in building and supporting professional development systems, Learner-Centered Professional Learning Cultures is designed to accompany the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and the Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education created by Council of Chief State School Officers and JFF.

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