Minnesota Learner-Centered Network

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All 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.

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.


These schools provide great examples of how

Anytime, Anywhere Learning

can look in different Learner-Centered Environments. These exemplar school environments provide a chance to showcase successful implementations and provide support for discussion, learning, and growth.

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Farmington High School
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Minnesota New Country School
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Spring Grove Public Schools
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Northwest Passage High School
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Flexible Learning Environments - Best Practices and Resources

Practical Article:

Space within a school: Flexible Seating Elevates Student Engagement | Edutopia  

MN Dept of Ed. resources CTE Work-Based Learning


Community Educators - by Patricia Harbour


Place-based Learning elementary level (5:43)  Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

Place-based Learning middle level- (5:42) Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

Internships high school level (5:37) Internships Offer Meaningful Real-World Learning: Is School Enough?

What do students say about choices (3:57) Student perspectives of learning in a flexible space


To read more about how positive identity helps create a more equitable school environment, see the Equity in Student Centered Learning Guide (pages 22-23).

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