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Goldendale School District, Washington State, USA


Design curricular learning experiences that help students develop academic and social, emotional and well-being outcomes simultaneously.

Goldendale School District (GSD) is a district of three schools—Goldendale Primary School, Goldendale Middle School, and Goldendale High School—and 800 students. The district partnered with The Learner First (TLF) beginning in 2019 to support its vision of meeting the academic and social and emotional learning needs of all students through an implementation framework rooted in three core areas: (1) cultural conditions, (2) learning design, and (3) teaching and learning outcomes.

New Zealand Ministry of Education


A national initiative that puts well-being first.

We partnered with the New Zealand Ministry of Education to design a national initiative aimed at supporting teachers to design better learning.

Designed as a national resource that is regionally based, the Curriculum Lead roles strengthen the Ministry’s frontline curriculum resources and engage schools, kura, early learning services, and kōhanga reo to create curriculum that is right for today and tomorrow, supporting the cultures, identities, languages, and well-being of all ākonga.

Queensland, Australia


Creating a positive school narrative and establishing a culture that affirms the talents and diversity of every learner depends on the collective mindsets of everyone.

At the heart of the learning journeys of those engaged with The Learner First is a deeper understanding of who learners really are, not just as students, but as diverse individuals. By developing relationships built on trust and belonging, embedding new knowledge of their students in learning, and embracing the development of learners’ wellbeing as the true and real purpose of teaching and learning, schools are successfully guiding their students to improved academic and lifelong success.

Queensland schools partnering with The Learner First have reported and provided evidence that they experienced tremendous shifts in culture, mindset, practice and outcomes, supporting the progression not only of students but also of teachers and other school staff.

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