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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. 


Leaning Principles

Educational research suggests that there are principles that we can use to guide us as we innovate the ways that we design learning experiences with and for our students. 

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Shifting the Pedagogical Core
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In our district, we want all students and educators to have the opportunity to engage in learning that is valuable to them, and we want them to feel valued and valuable as they learn.

To that end, educators are shifting their role as educators, the way they are approaching curriculum design, and the way they are using resources and interacting with the environment, in order to empower learners to be at the center of their learning.  They are 'dialing up' the role of their learners

The OECD has called this 'shifting the pedagogical core.' 

Where can you find more resources and information to help you dial up the role of the learners in your care?

There is no specific recipe for doing this. Instead, educators in our district are seeking learning in a variety of areas to create innovative learning environments in their own context.  


How Educators are Innovating

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international initiative aimed at transforming education through innovation.  Their research suggests that in order to innovate learning environments and shift the elements of the pedagogical core, there are four things we need to consider. These include:

Modern Office

Regrouping Educators

to create increased opportunities to network and co-learn,
co-plan, co-teach, and co-reflect 
Learning Pod

Regrouping Learners

in different ways throughout the day to create a variety of opportunities for students to learn and collaborate with all students

Rethinking How Time is Allocated

so learning can be connected and integrated
and can follow student curiosities
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Seeking to Learn New Pedagogies 

to learn teaching and learning strategies with and from others that put students at the center of their learning

Similar to a thriving ecosystem in nature, an innovative learning environment requires many interconnected elements.  Every learning environment has its own 'beating heart,' the thing that makes it unique in order to allow the learners in that context to thrive. This means that no two innovative learning environments will look the same. and the learning and teaching strategies that are practiced are diverse.


You will find some of these teaching and learning strategies in the visual below.  It is difficult to explore one these strategies in isolation of the others, as they are very much linked together. 


Teaching and Learning Strategies
Click the circles below to learn more about these teaching and learning resources and strategies. 
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Learn from educators who are researching teaching and learning and are working to create innovative learning environments to put students at the center of their learning and prepare them to be life long learners in the 21st century. 

'What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?' Pasi Sahlberg - WISE 2013 Focus

'What if Finland's Great Teachers Taught in Your Schools?' Pasi Sahlberg - WISE 2013 Focus

Many governments are under political and economic pressure to turn their school systems around for higher rankings in the international league tables. Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Finland are commonly used models for the nations that hope to improve teaching and learning in their schools. In search of a silver bullet, reformers now turn their attention to teachers, believing that if only they could attract "the best and the brightest" into the teaching profession the quality of education would improve. This presentation argued that just having better teachers in schools will not automatically improve students' learning outcomes. Lessons from Finland and other high-performing school systems suggest that we should also protect schools from prescribed teaching, toxic accountability, and unhealthy competition, so that all teachers can use their professional knowledge and skills in the best interests of their pupils. SUBSCRIBE to get more videos from WISE: World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international, multi-sectoral and action-oriented platform for innovation in education that connects innovators, nurtures new ideas, and recognizes and supports successful initiatives that are helping revitalize education. For more information about WISE: Follow WISE on Twitter: Like WISE on Facebook:
Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests | Ted Dintersmith | TEDxFargo

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized Tests | Ted Dintersmith | TEDxFargo

As a leading venture capitalist, Ted Dintersmith lived and breathed the world of innovation. He has seen first-hand how quickly automation is eliminating the structured jobs in our economy, as well as the opportunities for young adults who are bold, creative, and entrepreneurial. As Ted shifted his focus to the future of our schools, he realized that the core purpose of our schools has been lost in a wave of testing, data, and accountability. In this talk, Ted underscores the potential for our kids and our country if we educate to our innovative and creative strengths, and trust our schools and teachers to prepare our kids for life, instead of for standardized tests. After a twenty-five year career in venture capital, Ted Dintersmith is now focused on issues at the intersection of innovation and education. In the fall of 2012, Ted served as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship. The first two films he executive produced – Most Likely To Succeed and The Hunting Ground – premiered at Sundance, 2015. His website describes his initiatives and he can be followed @dintersmith. Ted is a Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. Independent industry analysts ranked Ted as the top-performing venture capitalist in the United States for the 1995-99 period. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where he earned High Honors in Physics and English. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
"What is an Innovative Learning Environment?" 25 OECD ILE project collaborators share their thoughts

"What is an Innovative Learning Environment?" 25 OECD ILE project collaborators share their thoughts

Collection of all the interviews with the speakers at the "Barcelona International Conference on Learning Leadership" (December 2013) about what is an Innovative Learning Environment in different countries and situations. The OECD Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) project analyses how young people learn. It studies which conditions and dynamics allow them to be able to learn better. By identifying concrete cases of innovative learning environments from all over the world, ILE aims to inform practice, leadership and reform through generating analysis of innovative and inspiring configurations of learning for children and young people. The distinctive contribution of the ILE project is to analyse, with numerous international examples, innovative ways of organising learning at the micro level (learning environment) and how this connects to the meso level (networks and communities of practice) and strategies to implement learning change at the macro, system level. For further information: OECD report on Leadership for 21st Century Learning This book clarifies the concepts and the dimensions of "learning leadership", relating it to extensive international research and identifying promising strategies to promote it: Barcelona International Conference on Learning Leadership (December 2013)
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