Research indicates that having a sense of purpose is positively correlated to one’s mental and emotional well-being. It generates the feeling that individuals can contribute to something larger than themselves by integrating their gifts, passions and values into whatever they choose to pursue.
Whatever community you are in, you are bound to find something parallel and worth digging into.
Learner-centered is a mindset, not a model. There is no designation—public, private, charter, or independent—a learning environment can bear that necessarily means they are operating with this mindset. If their work fits the distinction of what it means to operate within the learner-centered paradigm, we pin them to our map and explore opportunities to write profiles, conduct interviews, amplify the voices of their learners, and more.
As the Norris School District entered the 2015-2016 school year, the board of education made a bold move to achieve its mission of “changing lives through the power of learning” by embracing a learner-centered educational delivery system and building a culture of innovation with leadership at all levels.
Susan Freeman, PhD visited Norris Academy as part of Education Reimagined’s Immersive Learning Exchange (ILX).