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Minnesota Learner-Centered Network

The mission of Minnesota Learner-Centered Network is to connect and empower educators and students to disrupt systemic racism and to transform learning environments to be student-centered; equitable, relevant, engaging and designed with and for all students.


The Minnesota Learner-Centered Network envisions an anti-racist society and a just world through an equitable, anti-racist education.


MLCN | Guiding Values

Acknowledge systemic

The MLCN members recognize the current educational system is based on the values of white culture that perpetuates oppression through racist policy, practices and bias.

Promote belonging

The MLCN members honor the humanity of student-centered learning; recognizing and valuing the uniqueness of each person and school they represent.

Celebrate storytelling

The MLCN members lift stories of students and teachers creating the narrative of the student-centered learning movement.

Bridge people, schools, organizations

The MLCN members align the supporting work of partner organizations to the needs of the school practitioners; collaborating around new ideas and learning together.

Why Become a Member?

  • Find other educators committed to equity and student centered learning

  • Connect with district and charter schools, individuals, organizations across MN to share ideas, resources, courage and inspiration

  • Engage in school visits, on-line workshops, storytelling and informal ‘Network Night Out’ events

  • Apply for grants to support a collaboration effort you design with colleagues or schools across the network

  • Contribute to the network AND be financially compensated for the value you or your school brings to the movement

  • Receive reduced registration costs for regional events hosted by MLCN’s partner organizations

  • Tap into vetted regional and national non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the mission and vision of MLCN.

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How can I get involved?


Explore the Principles

These principles help describe, identify, and support practices we believe are core tenets of Student-Centered Learning Environments.

Explore the seven Principles of Learner-Centered Design

MLCN Cohorts

Create solutions together

Build strong relationships this year with like-minded people across the state to learn, exchange ideas, listen, and get feedback on dilemmas and challenges of innovation you are facing in order to move from problem to opportunity.  

Join like-minded educators for monthly meetings around set topics.


Be inspired!

Reimagine what school can look like and get inspiration from visiting a learner-centered  environment.  Guided tour dates showcase the school's strengths, while leaving time for reflection, discussion, and questions with school leaders and students.

Are you wondering what a learner-centered  environment 

can look like?


Reflect - Design - Do

Two teams from two different schools work through an action research design cycle together.


Grant funds available - up to $2,000/school!

Apply today!

Are you seeking other like-minded colleagues to think with, to design with, to celebrate with? was created through a collaboration with students from Avalon School.  Our logo was designed by Avalon students Emma Goff and Clare Jordan.

MLCN is proud to partner with the following organizations:

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