Next Generation Learning Vision

We believe that the education system needs to help all students develop the academic, professional and entrepreneurial competencies that the modern economy demands. In addition, students should be supported in developing a drive to contribute to society in ways that improve our state, nation and world, as well as challenging themselves, and taking responsibility for maximizing their own talent and potential. We need learning environments designed to maximize these outcomes for students, educators prepared to create these learning environments, and systems that promote and support educators in this effort.

Click on each of the next generation learning environment characteristics below to learn more.

Personal and Personalized learning environments are those in which the delivery of education is not tied to a single method or structure but takes advantage of a variety of media, partners, schedules, and approaches to best meet the needs of each student.

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Competency – Based learning environments are those in which progress through the education system is based on assessed mastery of learning, demonstrated through competencies, rather than measures of seat time. Competencies describe knowledge and skills that can be applied to novel, complex situations, and include explicit, measurable, and transferable learning objectives that empower students.

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Co-Created learning environments are those in which students play an active role in shaping their learning experience, and see themselves as owners of their own educational outcomes. Teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members all play important roles in education.

Resources and Examples:

  • Kunskopskolen operates schools where every student is recognized as a unique individual with the ability, ambition and support to learn and grow beyond what she or he thought was possible (described above).
  • Buck Institute for Education (BIE)’s website has created free materials to assist in project-based learning- such as planning forms, student handouts, rubrics, and articles for educators to download and use to design, assess, and manage projects.
  • This free self-assessment tool from Schoolwires allows districts to see how well they engage parents, and after taking the assessment, to access recommendations and resources to improve
  • To learn more about how Co-Created Learning Environments look in practice, click here.

Safe and Healthy learning environments are those which are safe, welcoming, and free of obstacles to learning. Basic health is not a barrier to learning, physical activity is a valued part of every learning environment, and students are supported in building the skills to handle whatever they may be going through in life.

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Time-, Talent-, and Technology-enabled learning environments are those in which time, talent, and technology are not drivers of – or impediments to – teaching and learning. Instead, their use is designed and redesigned to maximize support for the instructional priorities of the school. Technology enables learners and educators to be flexible with time, place, and pace of learning. Schedules, staffing plans, and technology use plans are designed to align with instructional priorities.

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Public Impacts:

  • Video explaining all of the Public Impact innovative staffing models.
  • Resources for innovative staffing models, including job descriptions, sample schedules, sample budgets, etc.
  • A Better Blend: A Vision for Boosting Student Outcomes with Digital Learning (2013): Makes the case for focusing on the human capital benefits of blended learning – increasing students’ access to excellent teachers; page 11 raises considerations for increasing teacher effectiveness in a blended instructional model.
  • [Time Technology Swaps]: Describes two models for using technology to extend the reach of excellent teachers.

To learn more about how Time-, Talent-, and Technology Enabled Learning Environments look in practice, click here.


Next Generation Learning Exemplars

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