We are working with communities, policymakers, and school districts with the goal of implementing learner-centered education in Washington State elementary schools.
Join the campaign to replace the 100-year-old Whole Classroom Instructional Model.
This obsolete way of teaching is a significant root cause of chronically low test scores, the youth mental health crisis, teacher burnout, and other negative outcomes in US public education.
For over a century, children have been sorted by age and randomly placed into groups of 20 to 30, then taught the SAME material, at the SAME time, at the SAME pace, by the SAME teacher.
We refer to this as the Whole Classroom Instructional Model, or WCIM. Policymakers have spent decades trying to improve WCIM with reformsthat have proven to be mostly ineffective.
We must stop tinkering around the edges of this outdated model. It is obsolete, harmful, and structurally flawed.
A Better Way
There is now an international movement to replace WCIM with a new model that naturally inspires ALL students to be curious learners, good people, and responsible global citizens.
Extensiveresearchshows that by switching to alearner-centered* model, we can significantly increase test scores and other student outcomes while simultaneously addressing inequity and the mental health crisis faced by youth and teachers. (*Note; "learner-centered" and "student-centered" are often used interchangeably.)
A 2015 reportencapsulates the striking conclusions of 28 widely respected and group of educators, scholars, business leaders, parents, and advocates. Their findings reinforce research that has unambiguously shown that public education in its current structure does not prepare children to succeed as adults. This diverse group concluded that it should be replaced by a learner-centered environment.
Prompted by this report and after further research, members of the group of 28 formed Education Reimagined. This cutting-edge nonprofit's mission is to make learner-centered education available to every child in the U.S. regardless of race, background, or circumstance.
The call has been heeded across the United States. Educators, policy makers, non-profits, and citizens from Kentucky to Minnesota to Washington State and elsewhere are working to implement learner-centered education in public schools.
Whole Classroom Instructional Model (WCIM) - The century-old structure of sorting children by age and randomly placing them in groups of 20 to 30, then teaching them the SAME material, at the SAME time, at the SAME pace, by the SAME teacher. Children are seen as passive recipients of information and knowledge and rarely, if ever, take ownership of their learning. Students move between classrooms during the day, move “up” through grade levels over the years, and eventually leave school for the workforce, likely to never step foot again in the place where they spent so much of their childhood. Assessments in this rigid system are done primarily via test-taking. The teacher is at the center of the learning process. Synonyms:
One-Size-Fits-All Instructional Model
Factory (Assembly Line) Education Model
Learner-Centered Model(LCM)- The impetus for learning comes from a child's innate curiosity. This structure gives students control over the content of lessons and the learning method and promotes autonomy and active learning. The learner is at the center of the learning process. The teacher is seen as a facilitator of the learning process rather than "the sage on the stage." Synonyms:
Inspired Learner Model (ILM)- A learner-centered education model developed by the Center for Inspired Learning that is designed to work in US public elementary schools using existing school infrastructure, budgets, and staffing. Its components include project and activity-based learning (PABL), peer mentoring, enhanced learning through technology, student choice, parental involvement, community engagement, and other mechanisms to support and encourage children to become lifelong curious learners. Besides traditional elementary school curriculum, ILM may include an emphasis on self-care, financial literacy, media and digital literacy, communication skills, conflict resolution, global citizenship, the arts, and learning at least one foreign language.