INNOVATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

The learning sciences are enriching our understanding of how people learn best. Schools that are designed to leverage knowledge about learning will empower tomorrow's generation to become powerful learners, skilled workers and engaged citizens.  Educators across our district are sharing their curiosity about how we might use research about The Nature of Learning to explore the creation of innovative learning environments. 

 

Innovative Learning Environments are based on the OECD's

7 Principles of Learning

What is ILE? A Visual Created by the ILT 

 
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Emerging Themes for Learning

 
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BEGINNING WITH OUR BELIEFS

It is very important that educators think about their deeply held beliefs about teaching and learning. These beliefs act as our internal compass when making day to day decisions.  Once these beliefs are made visible, educators might also consider writing letters of intention that will guide learning throughout the year.

CREATING COMMUNITY

Fostering a sense of community and belonging is crucial in creating innovative learning environments. All learners need to feel connected to others and need to feel safe to take risks, make mistakes, be vulnerable, and stretch themselves as learners.

CROSS-CURRICULAR PLANNING

 

Cross-curricular planning creates opportunities to design learning that is holistic, relevant and intellectually engaging for students. 

PLACE-CONSCIOUS LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

 

Place-conscious learning environments create opportunities for students to connect deeply with the land, the natural environment, and develop a sense of belonging in the place in which they live.

INQUIRY BASED LEARNING

 

Inquiry-based learning approaches allow students to deepen their learning around areas in which they are interested and connected.

LEARNING THAT MATTERS

 

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Learning that matters for each child is learning that is good in quality, good for the heart, the mind and the world.  When we do work that matters we feel valued and valuable.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES

 

Flexible learning spaces are intentionally designed to provoke student curiosity, provide students more choice, and to amplify learning. 

SUPPORTING SELF-NAVIGATING LEARNERS

 

 

Self-navigating learners have the ability to set learning goals, take action, and monitor & gather evidence of their own learning.  Developing self-navigating learners involves aligning our assessment principles & practices to empower our modern learners.

Innovative Learning Environments Videos

 

Learn from educators who are creating innovative learning environments