Entries by The Learner First

Leading as a Learning Leader

“As a ‘leader of learning and a learning leader’ contribution is the why, the how, and the what of authentic leadership.” By Maree Neilsen, Executive Director at The Learner First Whenever I hold the privilege of working together with educational colleagues in shared learning, I introduce myself as a ‘leader of learning and a learning […]

Joanne McEachen at the World Education Summit

On March 20 and 21, The Learner First Founder and CEO Joanne McEachen will be presenting at the World Education Summit (WES), a virtual event featuring nearly 500 speakers and with representation from over 80 countries across the globe. As a part of its “Global Amphitheatre,” a series of sessions amplifying the voices of educational […]

Graduate Profiles in the World of AI

The rhetoric surrounding the purpose of K-12 education once centered on getting students “college ready.” It’s now more widely recognized that college isn’t the goal for all, and so the phrase “college and career ready” has entered common usage. But whatever language we’ve used throughout the era of standardization and testing, we’ve learned one thing […]

The Learner First is Making Headlines

Check out the recently published headlines for The Learner First. It is time for a Global Education Vision  The Learner First founder and CEO Joanne McEachen, along with international collaborators Vishal Talreja and Dr. Pilvi Torsti, recently published “Why We Need a Global Education Vision,” an urgent article illuminating the need for a global education […]

New Zealand Mathematics Workshops

The Ministry of Education is partnering with New Zealand Principals Federation on a series of workshops aimed at supporting principals to lead mathematics effectively in schools. The workshops will be co-facilitated by Rob Proffitt-White (Math and Numeracy Director, The Learner First) and the NZPF Executive and will take leaders through high-leverage routines using existing resources […]

Going Toward vs. Going Away

By Ellen Perconti, Superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State. The New Year is a time when we typically reflect, set goals, and determine actions. It’s a time in our school year when we recommit to action plans for the current school year while looking ahead into the next school year’s planning, finance, and […]

Assessment: What’s the Fuss All About?

By Mary Coverdale, Executive Director at The Learner First Australia. The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps unwittingly created a sliding doors moment in education. One consequence has been a global awareness of the scale of educational inequality that reflects the broader social issues which have spawned a deep divide in communities across the globe. While equity […]

Goldendale School District Awarded WSSDA Board of the Year

The Learner First has partnered with Goldendale School District (GSD) in Washington State since 2019. This week, GSD’s School Board was awarded Board of the Year in the category of Small School Districts for its extraordinary efforts in supporting GSD’s focus on learning and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to the GSD School Board, […]

Goldendale School District: A Commitment to Connection

By Ellen Perconti, Superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State. The 2021-22 school year is off to a great start, and our staff and students are enjoying being back together daily for learning and growing. Our focus in the Goldendale School District this fall is on connection. Feeling connected increases our ability to learn. This […]

Profile: Murgon State School

Murgon State School in Queensland, Australia partnered with The Learner First to engage students, teachers, staff, and the broader community in a community-wide journey toward deeper learning. The school adopted the lens of its “least-served learners”—those who are underserved by traditional teaching and learning styles—in order to better understand those learners’ needs, and then to […]