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Foreword by Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation The greatest opportunity facing our country today is that of sustaining and growing a flourishing society in the context of a fast-changing world. The days are gone when basic schooling coupled with ingenuity and hard work was sufficient for America to maintain a strong global economic position. The acceleration of technology, hyperconnectivity, and knowledge development requires a similar update to the skills individuals will need to support their families and build successful communities—and for the progress of our nation. Our adequate preparation as a society for a fruitful future depends on increasing the skill and knowledge levels of each and every young person, which in turn depends on a lifetime of access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate and equitable learning opportunities. Yet instead, in the United States, we currently find ourselves in conditions of growing inequality, stagnant educational outcomes, and tightening school budgets.More
This ebook is a collection of the nine paper summaries. Please view this ebook using you iPad, iPhone, or Nook, or you can view the eBook version on your computer through the free program Adobe Digital Editions. Kindle version available here.More
This ebook is a collection of the nine paper summaries. Please view this ebook using your Kindle, or using the Kindle app on you iPad or iPhone. If you do not have a Kindle/Kindle app, click here.More
A compiled printable document of the nine executive summaries of the Students at the Center research papers.More
At a time when every student must acquire the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for 21st-century college and career success, the moment is right for a fresh and cross-disciplinary look at the possibilities offered by student-centered approaches to learning. As an educational reform, student-centered learning has much in common with other efforts to close achievement gaps and provide equitable access to a high-quality education, especially for underserved youth. Furthermore, student-centered approaches draw upon an evidence base amassed from a long tradition of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.More
Taking the reader inside six high schools widely regarded as exemplars of deep student learning, the authors unpack teaching practices and school structures at the heart of student-centered learning.More
This paper examines the connections between strong adult-youth relationships in school and increased student engagement and academic performance, particularly for low-income and underserved students.More
This synthesis of research on achievement motivation, school engagement, and student voice, concludes that the more educators use student-centered approaches to reinforce student agency, the more motivation and engagement are likely to rise.More
Recent brain and cognitive science research makes it possible to study the learning brain in action and track the development of learning pathways. This paper considers student-centered approaches in light of this research.More
Providing a socio-historical perspective on African-American literacy, this paper discusses student-centered learning in the context of race and gender and proposes an improved approach to literacy instruction for African-American males.More