Student-Centered and Classroom-Based Learning

Our approach grounds teacher learning in the teacher’s classroom. The work of improving teaching centers on better understanding who our students are and how they are thinking and learning.

Our teacher scholars pursue the following questions to understand student learning:

  • What is happening for students?

How are students thinking and what are they wondering? What are the social emotional learning competencies that are assumed in the instructional routines and how can students be supported to build these skills?

  • What are we hoping happens?
  • What shifts can be made to move reality closer to the vision for students’ learning?

Instead of standardizing implementation of best practices, a student-centered approach to improvement requires giving attention to the specific needs of the classroom and connecting teaching practices to what we know about individual students.

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