Ready for the Challenge: Ideas and Evidence from Student-Centered Learning in a Pandemic

Ready for the Challenge: Ideas and Evidence from Student-Centered Learning in a Pandemic

Presenting a new, year-long blog series

The last year has been deeply challenging. As schools have shifted to distance learning, some have embraced that, now more than ever, student-centered learning approaches are needed—to enable students to learn at their own pace and place, according to plans personalized to their needs.

In this blog series, we’ll hold up stories of these student-centered innovators. We hope their lessons learned will help other educators wanting to use this period of disruption to pivot their schools toward a more student-centered future. We’ll place particular focus on a question we get often: what measures, data, and other forms of evidence are student-centered schools using to gauge their success, and to adapt learning as needed?

Our goal is both to share practical lessons for educators, and also to develop the broader argument and evidence base that student-centered approaches are critical not just in the grips of Covid-19—but to, finally, equitably serve all students as we pull ourselves beyond it.

Read more in the kickoff blog post or browse all posts below. You can also sign up for posts by email. We are grateful to the Leon Lowenstein Foundation for their generous financial support for this series.

Blog Posts:

Kickoff post announcing a new year-long series highlighting student-centered innovators in a pandemic—in particular the practices and success indicators they've used.

Acknowledging and celebrating our shared humanity matters just as much as attending to individual differences—especially in a global pandemic.

For a program already built around students mastering learning outcomes at their own pace, the pandemic was a bump in the road—not a seismic shift.

A culture of care, trust, and persistent checking-in means students stay plugged in—whether in-person or over distance.

For a school that centers hands-on learning among sharks and coral, the pandemic required reimagining the spaces and schedules of learning

In a district used to exploring different ways of personalizing learning, Covid-19 accelerated new approaches to keeping students at the center

Relationships of grace and trust carried this student-centered high school community through a most difficult year

Why schools see engagement as a critical ingredient for student-centered learning—and how they measure it with integrity

How student-centered schools made wellness a priority—both before and during the pandemic

How student-centered schools looked to narrative data to document student learning during the pandemic.

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