Contributive Learning

Contributive Learning helps every student discover who they are, connect with others, and develop the knowledge and competency they need to positively contribute to the world in their way.

Lesson design with the learner in mind.

Our step-by-step workshop series supports K-12 teachers to seamlessly integrate SEL and academic goals in lessons designed for the students in front of them, resulting in increased student agency, engagement, and success.

A proven, integrated academic + wellbeing evidenced based model to help every student to:

  • discover who they are
  • connect with others
  • develop knowledge
  • build competencies

Enabling every child to live a meaningful life and contribute to humanity.

Why it works.

Easy-to-implement delivery to make teachers’ lives easier by lessening workload and increasing professional engagement

Is a practice-based, step-by step process for strategic pedagogical shifts to better support students, build teacher confidence, and enhance lesson design and assessment

Research-proven tools and processes have been used in thousands of schools around the world and are based on 30+ years of education experience 

Looking for more information on how to bring Contributive Learning to your school? Get in touch to connect with one of our experts today.

What schools are saying about Contributive Learning.

“We felt like this training was super helpful and applicable. We appreciated the opportunity and felt like it was a very effective use of our time.”

“By staff getting to know students, learning something about them, and doing something positive with that information, we are gaining momentum for change.”

“Teacher conversations and allowing them to learn from each other has really helped. You can see their eyes just light up… Just having them share those stories of their kids, their faces change, their voices change.”

“I have one student in particular… that for all intents and purposes might as well have been, you know, hiding in her hood, melting into the carpet. [Now,] she occasionally will actually speak up in class. Huge changes, which I just don’t think would have ever happened had we not done that student interview and kind of took that time… I never would have been to the place that I am with her had we not sat down like that.”

“[Teachers] see that, ‘Well, I did this for this kiddo, but everybody really liked it…’ I’ve just seen a whole lot more of the individual student, all throughout the day—in the lesson planning, in the recess interaction, in the assessment, in the interest level.”

A Six-Part Workshop Series

Building teachers’ capacity to design lessons, activities, units, and learning experiences that integrate academic and social-emotional learning to increase student success and well-being.

One two-hour workshop per month for six months with your whole staff or teaching teams that is delivered flexibly with in-person, virtual, or hybrid options.

1. CREATE  the conditions for success.

2. CONNECT with your students

3. DESIGN learning to meet students needs.

4. INTEGRATE  academic content and SEL

5. IMPROVE professional practice

6. SHARE successes and ways forward

Looking for more information on how to bring Contributive Learning to your school? Get in touch to connect with one of our experts today.

The Contributive Learning series is based on the groundbreaking work of global education leader Joanne McEachen and her team of international education experts at The Learner First.

Bringing together decades of experience at all levels of education, our research-proven tools and processes have been used in thousands of schools around the world.

Want to know more?

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools

The Depthvale Detectives uses the power of storytelling to connect readers to the change that is essential in education. Every educator will be able to read this, see themselves and their school, and begin to think about how they can truly contribute to their own school community.”

Patrick Fisher
Principal, Meramec Elementary, United States

“This book marks a true meta-moment for schools­­, a chance to consider what your best school would look like, and to choose the behaviors that bring it to life.”

from the foreword by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Measuring Human Return

Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning

Human return is the human capacity to contribute to other people’s lives and to the world. It’s incredibly important in the lives of every one of us, because when we contribute—when we add to the world—that gives us meaning, fulfillment, and well-being.

Measuring Human Return deeply explores the learning outcomes of self-understanding, connection, knowledge, and competency and how to develop them across schools and school systems. It includes diverse vignettes and case studies from all over the world, strategies and processes for your work with your students, and a comprehensive system of tools to help you develop and measure the outcomes that matter.

Check out the book along with the Measuring Human Return Audio Companion Guide created by The Learner First’s Mary Coverdale.