Minnesota Learner-Centered Network

LEARN | Principles of Learner-Centered

Seven Principles

The Minnesota Learner-Centered Network has adopted these seven principles - researched and defined by our partners at Education Evolving - to help describe, identify, and support practices we believe are core tenets of Student-Centered Learning Environments.

While the principles provide a common language, we believe none are prescriptive - all environments must be designed to meet the needs of the community it serves.  

To learn more and read the full report, please visit Education Evolving's Learning Page.​

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LEARN | Explore the Principles

Positive Relationships

Students have relationships with adults and peers who care about, believe in, and hold them to high expectations.


Foundational Needs Met

Students’ physical, psychological, and safety needs are met.


Positive Identity

Students are fully embraced for who they are and develop a sense of positive identity and belonging.


Student Ownership & Agency

Students have freedom to exercise choice in pursuing interests, with teachers serving as guides and facilitators.


Real-World Relevant

Students solve real-world problems and learn skills they will use in their own lives.



Students advance by mastering clearly defined learning objectives, and receive support as needed.


Anytime, Anywhere Learning

Students learn in the community, at internships, on weekends, during extracurriculars - student-centered schools find way to capture and credential this essential element.