QELi is delighted to partner with Joanne McEachen, CEO/Founder of The Learner First (USA/Australia), Executive Committee for Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills and Co-Founder of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (Global) to bring The Learner First professional learning programs to Australia. 


“Putting the learner first means focusing all activity within our schools and systems on the development of deeper learning outcomes. By measuring these outcomes and what enables their development, we support learners to contribute to others’ lives and their communities in meaningful and fulfilling ways – we support them to succeed now and in their futures.” – Joanne McEachen

The Learner First’s Human Return Framework 

Human Return is the human capacity to contribute to the lives of others and to the world, fully realized at the intersection of deeper learning outcomes – self-understanding, knowledge, competency, and connection. The Learner First offers a series of customisable capacity building sessions to bring these outcomes to realisation in your school or education system, all of which can be formatted into single or multiple day workshops and mixed and matched to meet your needs. Set your students up for lifelong success through a shared commitment to Human Return.

The Learner First Learning Programs in 2020

QELi is offering The Learner First professional learning programs for teams, school and whole-system development in 2020. Programs will be facilitated by Australian-based members of The Learner First team, under the direction of Joanne McEachen.

QELi and The Learner First would be delighted to collaborate with you to choose from The Learner First capacity building sessions to develop programs to suit the needs of your school or system. Designing programs together ensures we’re delivering to your needs, whether that be supporting small team or whole-school initiatives, aligning programs content to school improvement plans and priorities, delivering programs on campus or at QELi and working with budgetary constraints.

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To collaborate with QELi, Joanne McEachen and The Learner First in 2020, please complete an enquiry form.

The Learner First Customisable Capacity Building Sessions

School Conditions for Deeper Learning:
Unpacking the Five Capabilities

There are five capabilities that enable deeper learning:

  • Understanding Your System
  • Engaging Learners, Parents, and Communities as Real Partners
  • Identifying and Measuring What’s Important,
  • Leading for Deep and Sustainable Change, and
  • Creating a Culture of Learning, Belonging, and High Expectations for All.

Using The Learner First’s Capability Rubrics and Learning Development Rubric, learn what it takes to develop and measure each capability.

Deep Learning Australia

Deep Learning is the development of the six deep learning competencies (or, the ‘6Cs’): character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. The 6Cs are the competencies every student needs to succeed throughout school and the rest of their lives. The Learner First Team will take a deep dive into the Deep Learning Modules, which focus on deep learning conditions, design, and the measurement and development of the 6Cs in schools. With measures and other key tools to support Deep Learning leaders at each stage of implementation, your schools will be ready to take a purposeful, meaningful, and intentional approach to
developing the competencies your learners really need.

Wellbeing First:
Helping teachers and leaders discover how to put wellbeing first

What good is it if students are achieving high grades in school but don’t feel connection, belonging, or meaning in their lives? Why should teachers have to deprioritise personal connections with students, and their own sense of purpose and wellbeing, just to get through the curriculum? With the help of The Learner First tools and processes, learn how to put your own and your students’ wellbeing at the forefront of education.

Architects of Learning:
Tools and Processes for Deeper Learning Design

The Learner First’s Authentic Inquiry Guides support teachers and other professionals through each stage of the inquiry process (assess, design, implement, measure, and reflect and change). Using these tools, alongside a Learning Experience Rubric that measures the effectiveness of implemented assessments, helps teachers design powerful learning experiences in partnership with their students and others.

Learner Outcomes:
Diving into Deeper Learning Outcomes

Self-understanding, knowledge, competency, and connection are immensely important and universally valued. They’re the outcomes that help us contribute to other people’s lives and to the world, and that’s what gives us meaning and fulfillment. Develop a deeper understanding of these outcomes, how to measure them, and how to help every learner achieve them.

Measurement and Assessment:
A Deep Dive into Deeper Learning Measurement and Authentic Mixed-Method Assessment 

Authentic mixed-method assessment (AMMA) is the process of gathering the full range of evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, that’s needed to determine levels of success. Learn how to measure what actually matters for your learners with the help of a wide range of The Learner First tools.

Developing World Changing Leaders:
Organising and Managing Change Teams in Schools or Across Regions

A Change Team is a connected community of learning partners at school, district/regional, and/or school-system levels designed to most effectively share and spread learning and best practices, communicate challenges and respond to identified needs, and lead the deeper learning change process in your unique environment. Work with The Learner First to set up and facilitate your change team process within your school or wider school system.

Exemplar Moderation:
Setting Up and Facilitating Exemplar Moderation in Schools or Across Clusters of Schools

Exemplar Moderation is a professional learning experience designed to connect educators around describing, sharing, and discussing both student learning and professional practice, along with the design and implementation of deeper learning experiences. The process is driven by “learning exemplars” – a website, PowerPoint presentation, or other means of description designed by teachers to capture student learning. Engaging in the process in your own school or school system will take student and professional learning to new heights.

Collaborate with QELi, Joanne McEachen and The Learner First in 2020

To collaborate with QELi, Joanne McEachen and The Learner First in 2020, please complete an enquiry form. Alternatively, please contact QELi on +61 7 3007 5222 or email info@qeli.qld.edu.au

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