The Center for Learning in Practice

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Our mission is to improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil society organizations through Sustainable Learning programming, research, and services.

We serve learning providers across disciplines and contexts

Facilitating the development of practice mastery is complex, and often frustrating, particularly in crisis contexts, but only practice mastery as opposed to content knowledge alone will have a real and lasting impact.

Whether you are a teacher, farmer, healthcare worker, journalist, or any other kind of professional, many types of knowledge are necessary for you to be successful in meeting the needs of your community and achieving your goals. Success requires the ability to effectively use the tools of your trade or create new ones as the need arises this is what we call practice mastery.

Practice mastery results from knowledge and skills that enable you to adapt your practice to highly specific contextual factors; navigate institutional, local, state, national and international policy; master codified technical knowledge; create effective program design and generate and analyze data.

Watch video to learn more about the vision of The Center for Learning in Practice

Vision

Every organization and every individual who works for global good will have access to high-value, high-impact, sustainably designed learning.

Mission

To improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil society organizations through Sustainable Learning programming, research, and services.



Refugee Educator Academy

Launched in the spring of 2017, the Refugee Educator Academy is the flagship project of the Center for Learning in Practice. The Refugee Educator Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified refugee educators and service providers in the United States and around the world.

Why a Refugee Educator Academy?

With more than 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world, the well-being of refugees has taken on crisis proportions. Failure to offer refugees opportunities to learn and develop not only poses an immediate threat to their well-being and health; it also threatens personal, national, and international security in the long term. We are called upon as a global community to attend to the basic human rights of each person and to offer the promise of a better tomorrow and a brighter future to each of our children, neighbors, and colleagues. Yet, there is a staggering shortage of people qualified to teach and support the complex needs of the 65 million displaced people worldwide. Sustained professional learning opportunities and supportive communities are essential to build the dynamic, informed, skilled teaching workforce required to meet current teaching and learning demands.

Supporting practice mastery and developing teacher leaders

There is an abundance of quality content, including for example on minimum standards for child protection, teacher training packs, social-emotional learning, and other critical content areas. We seek to build upon this knowledge base, making existing content more widely available in measured, digestible chunks which educators can instantly make use of in their unique contexts. By placing participants at the center and building out from their goals, we aim to develop foundational skills, shared language, immediately useful lessons and materials, and learning design (or instructional) practice mastery. We cultivate teacher leadership and lift educator's voices to advocate for joyful and sustainable learning environments for all teachers and students.

Mission & Objectives

The Refugee Educator Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified refugee educators and service providers in the United States and around the world with the goal of reaching 10,000 teachers/service providers by 2025.

The Refugee Educator Academy seeks to build upon the excellent work in existence through vibrant partnerships, the open exchange of ideas and content, and the movement of refugee educator and service provider learning into a virtual community space. The academy will provide an integrated system that includes courses, certifications, practice communities, and a general online support system marked by excellent facilitation and strong relationships among participants.



Sustainable Learning Framework

The Sustainable Learning Framework is grounded in established learning and change models, drawing on elements empirically proven to improve outcomes. Thus, its elements are not new. What is new is the weaving and integration of these proven strategies into a new fabric, one that might be reliably used to accomplish critical objectives at scale.

Principles of the Sustainable Learning Framework

  • Sustainability and Scale are two sides of the same coin
  • Practice Mastery matters most
  • Deep Learning Reflection on Practice and on Actionable Data is essential to informed action

Elements of the Sustainable Learning Framework


Features of the Sustainable Learning Framework

Processes: Sustainable Learning Loops drive activities that serve to keep the learning environment viable and adaptive. They are the feedback system of Sustainable Learning and involve the distinct stages of a feedback loop.

Building Blocks: The Design Elements necessary to create productive learning spaces.

Discovery: The application of new algorithms that enhance the speed, scale, depth, distance, and complexity of work. Discovery leverages Digital Affordances, opportunities created by working online that amplify and enhance all aspects of the Sustainable Learning Framework.


Learn more: Sustainable Learning Framework Webinar (1 hour)

Our mission is to improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil society organizations through Sustainable Learning programming, research, and services.

We serve learning providers across disciplines and contexts

Facilitating the development of practice mastery is complex, and often frustrating, particularly in crisis contexts, but only practice mastery as opposed to content knowledge alone will have a real and lasting impact.

Whether you are a teacher, farmer, healthcare worker, journalist, or any other kind of professional, many types of knowledge are necessary for you to be successful in meeting the needs of your community and achieving your goals. Success requires the ability to effectively use the tools of your trade or create new ones as the need arises this is what we call practice mastery.

Practice mastery results from knowledge and skills that enable you to adapt your practice to highly specific contextual factors; navigate institutional, local, state, national and international policy; master codified technical knowledge; create effective program design and generate and analyze data.

Watch video to learn more about the vision of The Center for Learning in Practice

Vision

Every organization and every individual who works for global good will have access to high-value, high-impact, sustainably designed learning.

Mission

To improve professional learning and knowledge sharing in and across civil society organizations through Sustainable Learning programming, research, and services.



Refugee Educator Academy

Launched in the spring of 2017, the Refugee Educator Academy is the flagship project of the Center for Learning in Practice. The Refugee Educator Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified refugee educators and service providers in the United States and around the world.

Why a Refugee Educator Academy?

With more than 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world, the well-being of refugees has taken on crisis proportions. Failure to offer refugees opportunities to learn and develop not only poses an immediate threat to their well-being and health; it also threatens personal, national, and international security in the long term. We are called upon as a global community to attend to the basic human rights of each person and to offer the promise of a better tomorrow and a brighter future to each of our children, neighbors, and colleagues. Yet, there is a staggering shortage of people qualified to teach and support the complex needs of the 65 million displaced people worldwide. Sustained professional learning opportunities and supportive communities are essential to build the dynamic, informed, skilled teaching workforce required to meet current teaching and learning demands.

Supporting practice mastery and developing teacher leaders

There is an abundance of quality content, including for example on minimum standards for child protection, teacher training packs, social-emotional learning, and other critical content areas. We seek to build upon this knowledge base, making existing content more widely available in measured, digestible chunks which educators can instantly make use of in their unique contexts. By placing participants at the center and building out from their goals, we aim to develop foundational skills, shared language, immediately useful lessons and materials, and learning design (or instructional) practice mastery. We cultivate teacher leadership and lift educator's voices to advocate for joyful and sustainable learning environments for all teachers and students.

Mission & Objectives

The Refugee Educator Academy strives to increase the number and accelerate the preparation of qualified refugee educators and service providers in the United States and around the world with the goal of reaching 10,000 teachers/service providers by 2025.

The Refugee Educator Academy seeks to build upon the excellent work in existence through vibrant partnerships, the open exchange of ideas and content, and the movement of refugee educator and service provider learning into a virtual community space. The academy will provide an integrated system that includes courses, certifications, practice communities, and a general online support system marked by excellent facilitation and strong relationships among participants.



Sustainable Learning Framework

The Sustainable Learning Framework is grounded in established learning and change models, drawing on elements empirically proven to improve outcomes. Thus, its elements are not new. What is new is the weaving and integration of these proven strategies into a new fabric, one that might be reliably used to accomplish critical objectives at scale.

Principles of the Sustainable Learning Framework

  • Sustainability and Scale are two sides of the same coin
  • Practice Mastery matters most
  • Deep Learning Reflection on Practice and on Actionable Data is essential to informed action

Elements of the Sustainable Learning Framework


Features of the Sustainable Learning Framework

Processes: Sustainable Learning Loops drive activities that serve to keep the learning environment viable and adaptive. They are the feedback system of Sustainable Learning and involve the distinct stages of a feedback loop.

Building Blocks: The Design Elements necessary to create productive learning spaces.

Discovery: The application of new algorithms that enhance the speed, scale, depth, distance, and complexity of work. Discovery leverages Digital Affordances, opportunities created by working online that amplify and enhance all aspects of the Sustainable Learning Framework.


Learn more: Sustainable Learning Framework Webinar (1 hour)