4 Shifts to Move From Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered

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Dr. Katie Martin  
The future of education requires new school models, new approaches and innovative educators who can create the conditions for meaningful change. Learn about four key shifts to move from teacher-centered to learner-centered to develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets that are critical to thrive in our evolving world.

Audience: Teachers, Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Reimagining learning
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The future of education will require new school models, new approaches for teaching and learning, and innovative leaders who can create the conditions for meaningful change. Shifting from a teacher-centered to a learner-centric model is incredibly challenging. Learner-centric environments require everyone in the school community to embrace a paradigm shift. Catalyzing this shift requires a clear vision for learning, collaboration to support the work, and intentionally using resources and tools to tackle the change process.

The paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered emphasizes students’ critical role in their own learning. Educators must implement a learner-centric framework for planning and teaching that helps students become more aware of their thinking and take agency of their learning. Technology is used to support this framework explicitly and implicitly. Students use tools to dive more deeply into their learning; educators use tools to facilitate an interdisciplinary, multi-modal approach to learning.

In this session attendees will examples and advice from panelists working within existing systems to shift practices and create learner-centered environments, and who are leveraging technology to address the needs of all their learners.



10 min- Intro + Why Learner Centered Education matters
40 min Share Examples and Table Discussion:
What does learner-centered mean and how does it different from a standardized model of education?
What has been the most significant shift that you have seen in education in the last 5 years?
How has technology helped to catalyze your shift to learner centered practices?
What conditions are necessary to make these shifts?
What are your hopes and dreams for education? Where are we headed?
10 min Call to Action + Share Next Steps

Supporting research

Katie Martin - Learner Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius.
Katie Martin- What if we were obsessively learner-centered?
Education Reimagined -
Transcend Education -
Digital Promise -
Innovate Inside the Box-George Couros + Katie Novak

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Dr. Katie Martin, Learner-Centered Collaborative

Katie Martin, Ph.D., is the author of Learner-Centered Innovation and the chief impact officer at Altitude Learning. She also teaches in the graduate school of education at High Tech High, and is on the board of Real World Scholars. Martin has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research and support deeper learning for all students. She has worked as a middle school English language arts teacher and instructional coach, and led a districtwide new teacher mentoring program. As a mom, she wants her kids to have learning experiences in school that build on their strengths and interests. As an educator, she’s passionate about making sure we do the same for all kids.

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