Learning Framework

These are ideas ripped from learning frameworks that I have appreciated through the years.  Shout out to Moodle & California Public Schools

Vision and Goals (what we know about ourselves)

  • We are always learning, improving how we learn, and helping those around us to learn and to teach.
  • We strive to be open in our goals, our tools, our processes and our results, as much as is practical.   
  • We embrace the complexity, sensitivity, and deep value of numerous cultures informing our shared experience.
  • We treat everyone in our community with respect, recognising the importance of their contributions.
  • We employ ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in the actions that we take.  
  • Consuming diverse and trusted content for pleasure, information, and inspiration is necessary for life in today’s global society.
  • By understanding the contexts of others, we can teach in a personalized and more transformational way


Guiding Principles (what we know about teaching and learning)

  • In a true collaborative environment, we are both teachers and learners.
  • We learn particularly well from the act of creating or expressing something for others to see.
  • We learn a lot by just observing the activity of our peers.
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  • Our ideas need editing, researching, and adapting.  We strive to become valued editors and allies to other learners.
  • Learners achieve their highest potential when a community encourages, recognizes, and motivates their individual growth.
  • Teachers and learners need to be flexible and adaptable, so that they can quickly respond to the needs of others.
  • Reciprocal exercises require students to coach, teach others, and improve their quality of social interactions
  • Student success requires effective modeling from others: how to approach the unknown, how to nurture curiosity, and how to foster resilience.
  • We encourage a progressive culture of data-driven experimentation and research, where prudent risk-taking is encouraged and rewarded.


Core K12 Competencies (What we know about skills and experiences)

Analytical and Creative Thinking

  1. Identify, manage and address complex problems
  2. Detect bias, and distinguish between reliable and unsound information
  3. Control information overload
  4. Formulate meaningful questions
  5. Analyze and create ideas and knowledge
  6. Use trial and error; devise and test solutions to problems
  7. Imagine alternatives
  8. Develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and perspectives
  9. Engage in sustained reasoning
  10. Synthesize and adapt
  11. Solve new problems that don’t have rule-based solutions
  12. Use knowledge and creativity to solve complex “real-world” problems

Complex Communication—Oral and Written

  1. Understand and express ideas in two or more languages
  2. Communicate clearly to diverse audiences
  3. Listen attentively
  4. Speak effectively
  5. Write clearly and concisely—for a variety of audiences
  6. Explain information and compellingly persuade others of its implications

Leadership and Teamwork:

  1. Initiate new ideas
  2. Lead through influence
  3. Build trust, resolve conflicts, and provide support for others
  4. Facilitate group discussions, forge consensus, and negotiate outcomes
  5. Teach, coach and counsel others
  6. Enlist help
  7. Collaborate tasks, manage groups, and delegate responsibilities
  8. Implement decisions and meet goals
  9. Share the credit


Digital and Quantitative Literacy:

  1. Understand, use, and apply digital technologies
  2. Create digital knowledge and media
  3. Use multimedia resources to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of forms
  4. Master and use higher-level mathematics
  5. Understand traditional and emerging topics in math, science, and technology, environmental sciences, robotics, fractals, cellular automata, nanotechnology, and biotechnology

Global Perspective

  1. Develop open-mindedness, particularly regarding the values, traditions of others
  2. Understand non-western history, politics, religion and culture
  3. Develop facility with one or more international languages
  4. Use technology to connect with people and events globally
  5. Develop social and intellectual skills to navigate effectively across cultures
  6. Use 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
  7. Learn from, and work collaboratively with, individuals from diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue
  8. Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and achieve success

Adaptability, Initiative, and Risk-Taking

  1. Develop flexibility, agility, and adaptability
  2. Bring a sense of courage to unfamiliar situations
  3. Explore and experiment
  4. Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities
  5. View failure as an opportunity to learn, and acknowledge that innovation
    involves small successes and frequent mistakes
  6. Cultivate an independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies
  7. Develop entrepreneurial literacy

Integrity and Ethical Decision-Making

  1. Sustain an empathetic and compassionate outlook
  2. Foster integrity, honesty, fairness and respect
  3. Exhibit moral courage in confronting unjust situations
  4. Act responsibly, with the interests and well-being of the larger community in mind
  5. Develop a fundamental understanding of emerging ethical issues and dilemmas regarding new media and technologies
  6. Make reasoned and ethical decisions in response to complex problems

Habits of Mind

  1. Conscientiousness
  2. Creativity
  3. Love of Learning/Curiosity
  4. Resilience
  5. Persistence
  6. Self-Efficacy
  7. Stress Management
  8. Time Management
  9. Contributions reflect independent and connected thinking
  10. Demands evidence for assertions from peers, authorities, and self
  11. Different audiences, tasks, skills, and purposes require thinking carefully about context


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