What Do You Need to Learn?
We believe educator learning is richest when it is anchored to pressing problems of practice. You could think of it as the “Sunday night problem” — the issue you need to solve to be ready for students the following day. What skills do you need in the next few days, in the coming weeks, in a few months to meet immediately felt needs in your teaching practice?
That’s why we built Learn Next with our partners — we wanted to provide personalized learning pathways that meet the needs of educators implementing next generation learning. This menu of options is designed to guide you to resources addressing common problems of practice. If you want to see what it looks like to use the Learn Next resources to address these problems of practice, follow our Rethink PD grantees on the 2Rev blog. If you have a different problem of practice not represented here, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can identify resources that meet your needs!
How Do I Design Next-Gen Lessons?
If you want to design more engaging, deeper learning experiences for students, there are a number of approaches you could choose.
Maybe you want students to learn through projects. If so, try Designing for Deeper Learning.
If you want to design personalized learning experiences that meet the needs of each learner, try Learner-Centered Design.
Want to design engaging lessons anchored to competencies? Try The 60/40 Rule: Designing Competency Based Curriculum.
Say you want to support 21st century skill building. Use Design Learning for a Changing World.
If you want to integrate project based learning and technology, explore Project-Based Learning in a Blended Classroom.
How Can I Help Students Take the Lead in Their Learning?
A key outcome of next-generation approaches is that students’ experience increased ownership over their learning. That goes beyond voice and choice to making meaningful decisions about their learning goals and how they will meet them.
If you want to help students design their own projects, check out Learner-Designed Assessments.
Think it’s critical students learn from each other? Take a look at Cultivating Collaborative Learning.
Perhaps you want students to be able to present their learning to an authentic audience. If so, take Share Your Learning.
If you want to investigate pedagogical approaches that promote learner agency, explore Pedagogical Approaches.
How Can I Promote Equity?
If you want to learn how competency based learning can be a driver for equity, we recommend The What and Why of Competency Based Learning.
Assessment can be a place where implicit bias is introduced. Explore Assessment Foundations or Performance Assessment Essentials to learn about inclusive and culturally-responsive assessment practices.
How Can We Set a Vision for Graduates?
Much of future-ready learning is backwards designing from a vision for what students will need to know, believe, and be able to do. Learn about how to engage a group of stakeholders in these actions from the following courses.
School districts across the country are engaging in “Portrait of a Graduate” exercises to define what learners need to be success. Try Success in a Changing World for support about how to set that vision.
Once you have a vision for graduates, you need to know how to operationalize it. Use Competency Frameworks: The Blueprint of Your Learning System to develop the infrastructure for competency based learning.
How Can I Use Technology to Support Learning?
In next-gen learning, technology shouldn’t be the end goal, it should be an enabler. Learn more about how to use technology to deepen learning with these resources.
Depending on your familiarity with blended learning, choose a course from this sequence or take the whole sequence: Exploring Blended Learning, Blended Learning - A Deeper Dive, or Leading Blended Learning.
If you want to gamify learning, Digital Game-Based Learning will help you explore how digital games can be used in the classroom as a tool for instruction and assessment.