Students at the Center Newsletter
 
In this special edition newsletter, Students at the Center is proud to present Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers, along with a series of related tools and resources designed to help educators convert the Students at the Center research into daily practice.
 
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Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers

Educators have argued that students should be at the center of learning, constructing new knowledge based on what is interesting to them, and receiving guidance in classrooms—or anywhere they may happen to be—from adults with whom they have positive relationships. According to a growing body of research, student-centered approaches to learning provide guidance to teachers aiming to provide this type of customized support to large numbers of students.

Anytime, AnywhereStudent-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers highlights teaching practices that apply what we know about how the brain learns, how to motivate and engage all students, and how to use digital tools to help them learn, assess, and express what they’ve learned in powerful new ways. Anytime, Anywhere makes available current research and adapts for practice key components of student-centered approaches to learning.   
 
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Tools and Resources

Students at the Center has developedin consultation with educatorsa collection of tools and resources to help make the research papers and collected volume come alive and be more applicable to those wishing to implement student-centered approaches to learning. In conjunction with Anytime, Anywhere, we're excited to announce the release of the following: 
Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice Toolkit
This professional development series is designed to accompany and help put into practice the ideas in Toshalis and Nakkula’s Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice and "Prioritizing Motivation and Engagement" chapter in Anytime, Anywhere. The activities and materials in this toolkit will help educators understand and apply the concepts explained in the research. The activities are designed to facilitate the development of a mindset that encourages a critical analysis of what participants believe, what they do, and what might need to be changed to fully realize the potential of student-centered teaching.
 
Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age:
Universal Design for Learning Edition
Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age (Rose & Gravel) emphasizes the limiting nature of print and the need to embrace technology to create more student-centered opportunities for learning. To illustrate this point, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) created a digital version of the article for Students at the Center. The UDL version is an accessible format that applies the UDL principles to transform the static, print article into an interactive learning experience. As you read in this UDL environment, you experience exactly the kind of "student-centered learning in the digital age" that the paper promotes and learn more about how each tool connects to UDL principles and pedagogy.
 
Teaching High-Level Mathematics
to English Language Learners in the Middle Grades
The Students at the Center paper Latino/a and Black Students and Mathematics (Gutiérrez & Irving) asks readers to rethink the problem of mathematical achievement for all students, and for Latino/a and black students in particular. Teaching High-Level Mathematics to English Language Learners, a two-day professional development curriculum, reflects the principles espoused in this paper while extending the scope to include English Language Learners.
Student-Centered Assessment Toolkit
Student-centered assessment is a vital underpinning to tracking, measuring, and supporting student-centered learning approaches. In these new Students at the Center tools, Assessing Learning authors Georgia Brooke and Heidi Andrade present practical guides for implementing student-centered assessment in the classroom. Each guide (linked below) contains a definition, strategies for effective implementation, examples, and resources.
               Self-assessment

Peer Assessment
       
        


 
Process Portfolios

Exhibitions
Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic
We know that each student is unique, but what about each student's brain? This Students at the Center infographic draws on the research from Mind, Brain, and Education (Hinton, Fischer & Glennon) to depict the brain science behind student-centered approaches to learning.
The Neuroscience Behind Ned's Gr8 8
In this Students at the Center tool, Mind Brain and Education author Christina Hinton provides the science behind Ned's Gr8 8the funny and fast-paced "NED talk," from What Kids Can Do, which features teenage brain Ned and his eight powerful conditions of learning that can change everything for students.
 
Stay tuned for a student-centered assessment video, an annotated bibliography on personalization, and more to come in the following months.

 

 

Project Overview
Students at the Center explores the role that student-centered approaches can play in deepening learning and preparing young people to meet the demands of the 21st century. Students at the Center is a Jobs for the Future project, generously supported by funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation
To learn more about the project, visit studentsatthecenter.org.

 


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Upcoming:

BDEA REAL Institute, July 8-11. Boston Day and Evening Academy’s Responsive Education Alternatives Lab (REAL) ran a sold-out REAL Institute last summer. This year’s Institute will share BDEA’s work in competency-based education and assessment, and broaden the discussion about personalized learning with colleagues both locally and nationally. Interested educators are encouraged to attend. View the brochure or click for more information.

 


 

   
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