Explore Examples of Student-Centered Learning in Action in New England
One of our goals at Students at the Center Hub is to amplify and track the implementation, progress, and impact of student-centered, personalized approaches to learning. New England schools and districts have been at the forefront of creating learning environments that elevate learners while supporting educators.
We’ve curated place-based examples and resources of student-centered learning in districts across New England and organized them by Students at the Center Framework Principles. These resources, which include on-the-ground video and multimedia, showcase and illustrate understanding, visions of, and approaches to student-centered learning and implementation.
How do schools/districts create equitable opportunities to learn outside of the typical school day and year, and even outside of the classroom or school? These examples includes strategies like utilizing digital technology, community engagement, and creative scheduling.
How do schools/districts move from counting the number of hours learners spend in the classroom to measuring learning and mastery? These examples provide strategies from the field including first-person accounts of specific instructional approaches as well as approaches to systems change.
How do schools/districts create opportunities for more student ownership over learning? These examples include strategies around building agency and engagement, research supporting integrating student voice, and stories of students using their voice to enact change in their school and communities.
How do schools/districts create a culture where a student is treated as an individual both academically and socially? These examples include strategies for relating academics to student-interests and building school-community ties to boost student social capital.
How do schools/districts gain and nurture community support around student-centered approaches to learning? These examples include toolkits, strategies, and voices from community members on what works, and what doesn’t.
How do schools/districts grapple with and engage in the tough work of systems change? These examples include ideas, practical steps, and strategies for working through the opportunities and challenges of moving towards student-centered learning.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation sits down with Hal Colston, Executive Director of the Burlington/Winooski Partnership for Change to discuss student-centered learning in the two districts.