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.


What does the MLCN do?

Connect Educators  |  Equip and Encourage  |  Elevate and Accelerate 

MLCN is a grassroots network that is a catalyst to promote equity within education and to accelerate the learner-centered movement in Minnesota.  MLCN elevates the quality work of the members who are moving towards an anti-racist, student centered educational system.

The MLCN will bring fidelity, resilience and sustainability to learner-centered environments within schools, communities and districts across MN.

Who Leads the Network?

Leadership Team

Julene Oxton
Cari-Ana Luna
Joey Cienian
Gina Mienertz
Renee Swanson
Tim Quealy

Who are the MLCN members?

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What are MLCN members committed to?

  • Members reflect, acknowledge, and examine practices, policies, and curriculum to disrupt the current system and to build an equitable student centered education system.

  • Members honor the humanity of student-centered learning; recognizing and valuing the uniqueness of each person and school they represent; inclusive of public district, public charter and private sectors.

  • Members contribute to the network and utilize the network to actively dismantle the hierarchical power of the current system and distribute the power to the student and teacher leaders

  • Members lift stories of students and teachers to create the narrative of the student-centered learning, equity movement in MN.

How Do Members Get Involved?

  • There are lots of great ways to get involved with the Minnesota Learner-Centered Network. 

  • First, become a member to stay in-the-know with monthly newsletter updates and timely information about upcoming learner-centered events and opportunities.

  • Second, continue your journey with us - learn from network members, connect with our outstanding partners, and get support for your learner-centered environment.

  • Third, engage!  Come alone or with a team and be inspired by a site visit tour, partner with another school and share solutions, collaborate with network member schools with support from our School Collaboration Grants, or join the Critical Friends Group with like-minded peers as you reflect and iterate on issues in your own environments.

  • Lastly, we are always looking for more voices on our leadership teams and advisory board.  Contact Julene ( for more information.  

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