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Our VISION

All New England learners prepared for success—educationally, economically, and as engaged citizens.







 

Codman Academy

Student-Centered Approaches

Today, we know more than ever about how students learn—but traditional school systems aren’t providing the best environments to prepare students for success.

Students engage with learning in different ways, so public schools need student-centered strategies—rather than a top-down, one-size-fits all approach.

Student-centered learning engages students in their own success—and incorporates their interests and skills into the learning process. Rather than having educators hand down information, students can engage with teachers and their peers in real-time—preparing them to participate in a skilled workforce later in life.

For more information on student-centered approaches to learning, download Putting Students at the Center: A Reference Guide and our Student-Centered Learning BrochurePlease also take a few minutes to visit the Students at the Center Hub.

Our Mission

To stimulate transformative change of public education systems across New England by growing a greater variety of higher quality educational opportunities that enable all learners—especially and essentially underserved learners—to obtain the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to become civically engaged, economically self-sufficient life-long learners.

Our Vision

All New England learners prepared for success—educationally, economically, and as engaged citizens.

What are Student-Centered Approaches?

Students engage with learning in different ways, so public schools need student-centered strategies—rather than a top-down, one-size-fits all approach.

Student-centered approaches to learning highlight four key tenets, drawn from the mind/brain sciences, learning theory, and research on youth development that are essential to students’ full engagement in achieving deeper learning outcomes:

Learning is Personalized: Personalized learning recognizes that students engage in different ways and in different places. Students benefit from individually-paced, targeted learning tasks that start from where the student is, formatively assess existing skills and knowledge, and address the student’s needs and interests.

Learning is Competency-Based: Students move ahead when they have demonstrated mastery of content, not when they’ve reached a certain birthday or endured the required hours in a classroom.
 
Learning Happens Anytime, Anywhere: Learning takes place beyond the traditional school day, and even the school year. The school’s walls are permeable--learning is not restricted to the classroom.
 
Students Take Ownership Over Their Learning: Student-centered learning engages students in their own success—and incorporates their interests and skills into the learning process. Students support each others progress and celebrate success.