Learning transcends location in relevant and valued ways, connected to families, educators, communities and networks
In a Learner Connected environment, learners collaborate with peers, family, educators and others; cultivate meaningful relationships; advance personal opportunities through connections; engage in real-world experiences to develop academic knowledge, community engagement, workplace experience and global citizenship; and earn valued recognition for all demonstrated competencies (regardless of where and when it happens).
increase in high school graduation rate among high school students enrolled in a community-based support program.
How Do Learner Connected Experiences Help Students?
Real-world connections lead to new opportunities and bridges that enable students to grow social capital and develop lifelong skills in personal, social and civic engagement. In an unprecedentedly connected world that is driven by relationships and constant, immediate learning, schools can help students learn to thrive and advance.
The Elements of a Learner Connected Experience
Students collaborate with peers, family, educators and others.
Students cultivate meaningful relationships.
Students advance personal opportunities through connections.
Students engage in real-world experiences to develop academic knowledge, community engagement, workplace experience and global citizenship.
Students earn valued recognition for all demonstrated competencies (regardless of where and when it happens).
“From an equity perspective . . . access matters.”
- Amelia Peterson, Innovation Unit
What Does the Research Say?
When group learning is supported, it can be a powerful way to promote social-emotional skills and improve achievement in academic subjects, with the strongest gains seen in math and science. Cooperative learning relies on effective teamwork and a solid base of
A sense of belonging at school and strong relationships with teachers strongly predicts improved learning outcomes – learners can do more when they have more people whose support, ideas or networks they can rely on.2
There are promising models that help students build social capital by developing mentor relationships and professional connections outside school.3
Learner Connected Element #1
Collaborating with peers, family, educators and others
Learner Connected Element #2
Cultivating meaningful relationships
Learner Connected Element #3
Advancing personal opportunities through connection