Learner-centered Education

A learner-centered approach to education requires instruction to be strategically designed to meet students’ individual developmental needs and interests. As such, students are active participants in constructing their learning with unlimited potential. Students' growth is guided and accelerated by our teachers - not only through academics supported by social and emotional learning, but through the understanding that people learn in different ways. Grounded in neuroscience, that essential insight makes the highest standards accessible to all.  

As its name suggests, this approach “places every learner at its center, structures the system to build appropriate supports around him or her, and acknowledges the need to adapt and alter to meet the needs of all children… Each child’s interests, passions, dreams, skills, and needs shape his or her learning experience and drive the commitments and actions of the adults and communities supporting him or her.”

- A Transformational Vision for Education in the US (2015). Education Reimagined. Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. P5

 

A commitment to learner-centered education asks us to see learning in a new way.  The following chart outlines this shift.

                                                                                                          Practitioner’s Lexicon. Education Reimagined

                                                                                                          Practitioner’s Lexicon. Education Reimagined


In order to provide this level of personalization, curriculum is developed using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.  

The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meets the needs of all learners from the start.
— National Center on Universal Design for Learning

The Nautilus School is proud to announce that we have joined the  Education Reimagined  Pioneer Lab.  Participation in this network connects us to a nationwide community of schools, practitioners, students, families, organizations, and individuals leading the charge toward educational transformation through learner-centered environments.  

The Nautilus School is proud to announce that we have joined the Education Reimagined Pioneer Lab.  Participation in this network connects us to a nationwide community of schools, practitioners, students, families, organizations, and individuals leading the charge toward educational transformation through learner-centered environments.