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Student-Directed Learning

Student-directed learning is about the student being the agent - or, person with an active role in learning - rather than the teacher. When the student has clarity in the direction, the student is making, creating, doing, sharing, collaborating, and publishing in ways that are meaningful to them, using real-world tools. Student-directed learning believes students create meaningful schema in their own minds through active engagement with the world.

At its best, students are deciding what to learn (following their passions, interests and goals) and how to learn it (playing to the strengths of their own learning styles). Student-directed learning emphasizes the ability to create the lifelong learning mindset necessary to thrive in an unpredictable future. We have to give students this set of skills during their education now if we want to unlock their potential for the future.

Theory of Action

IF school and district leaders cultivate a culture and conditions where students are empowered to drive their learning THEN students will own, lead, and demonstrate deeper learning experiences.

SMART Goal

  • By 2025 grades 4-10 students will demonstrate high levels of “Learner Focused” learning as demonstrated by a score of at least 266 on the LEAP Survey


  • By 2025 grades 4-10 students will show high levels of “Learner Led” learning as demonstrated by a score of at least 259 on the LEAP Survey


  • By 2025 grades 4-10 students will show high levels of “Learner Demonstrated” learning as demonstrated by a score of at least 265 on the LEAP Survey * 2018-2019 will be the baseline data collected in three schools

Tactic Team

Cecily Klein (Tactic Lead) - Director, Curriculum and Instruction
Cathy Baune - Assistant Director, Blended Learning
Brenda Carlson - Achievement Director
Addi Cantor - Dropout Prevention
Anne DiCola - Principal, Stober Elementary
Jennifer Estes - Evaluation Coach
Jenny Fredrickson - Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher
Jaime Grimm Rice - Health Education Content Specialist
Stephanie Higley - 5/6 Grade Teacher, Colorow
Ian Hooper - ESL/Dual Language Resource Teacher
Liz Hudd - Science, Warren Tech
Mark Litzau - Assistant Principal, Ralston Valley High School
Julie Malecha - Instructional Coach, Ryan Elementary

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