The Key Elements of a Learner-Centered Practice

We began with the end in mind. Our driving question was: “How do we help spread what is working for master teachers and early adopters making shifts to their practice?” We asked our expert educators to decode the common elements that exist in the best learner-centered classrooms around the world. We’ve defined them and created our coaching curriculum around them.

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C
Collaborative Classroom Culture
26.61019
2
Cr
Culturally Responsive Teaching
23.50306
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S
Student Agency and Ownership
21.35148
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R
Real World, Relevant Tasks
16.75433
5
Cf
Continuous Feedback Loops
11.78094

The BetterLesson Formula

With the core competencies defined, we created a formula that provides the resources and motivation required to create real practice change.
A Learn-By-Doing Process Promises Impact

Whether your educators will be working with us for a few weeks, a semester, or a full school year, our classroom-embedded approach utilizes data-driven decision making to ensure that you’ll get the most out of your investment in building instructional capacity.

Teachers select meaningful goals to implement instructional strategies that are relevant to their classrooms. From there, they practice new skills and track the impact of each new strategy on student success.

Teachers change their beliefs and mindsets as they see their students grow, which leads to permanent shifts in their teaching practice.

An Expert Coach to Guide and Encourage

We have found and trained the best instructional coaches in the industry to support your educators every step of the way. Focus, motivation, and guidance leads to real changes in teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Each educator gets one-on-one attention via ongoing video conferences with their BetterLesson instructional coach. BetterLesson coaches help teachers develop a growth mindset, set attainable goals, and implement high quality instructional strategies. They provide regular feedback on progress, and in this way, become a critical part of each teacher’s growth.

In addition, district leaders get matched with a Partner Success Manager. Each PSM is an expert in helping administrators and instructional leaders get the most out of their investment in developing effective educators.

A Learning Lab to Embed PD in the Classroom

Each teacher in a Coaching Program gets a license to the BetterLesson Learning Lab. The Lab is an app teachers will use to plan, experience, and reflect on their professional learning goals. 

The Lab allows teachers to:

  • Select from hundreds of curated strategies that align with the specific elements of practice they are focused on improving.
  • Gain insights on the ways other educators have implemented a strategy to determine how to best adapt it for their students.
  • Collect and share proof points of the strategy in action and the growth students made to create a cycle of data-driven decision making.
  • Reflect on progress and track professional growth.

How might BetterLesson Coaching Work in Your District?

BetterLesson is the leader in personalized professional development. We work with partners across the country to understand their instructional priorities and create customized programs to improve teacher practice and positively impact student growth.