Learning Cultures

Transforming Education

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    Teach independence

    Independence is a skill that needs to be developed. Show students how to use the Work Time Format to practice independence.

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    Find engaging activities for students

    Help students identify activities that maximize their opportunity to learn during the Work Time.

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    Make every space a learning zone

    See how teachers make the most of classroom space to maximize learning.

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    Grow professionally

    Listen to experienced teachers and administrators describe how Learning Cultures has impacted their practice.

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    Alter your teaching stance

    Minimize teacher-directed lessons and maximize student-directed activity. Hear how teachers used the Formats to transform classrooms into learning cultures.

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    Make students responsible for learning

    Let students use the Writing Share Format to share drafts, solicit comments from peers, and use feedback to make substantive revisions.

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    Foster Reading Achievement

    Teach Cooperative Unison Reading: Show students how to read socially, read texts closely, and learn from the perspectives of others.

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    Show kids how to be helpful and 'promotive'

    Give kids the chance to collaborate and learn together. Use the Formats to support positive social norms in your classroom.

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    Writing Engagement

    Find out how to let students find their own passion to write.

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    Find resources

    Learning Cultures classroom environments are rich with resources students can independently access to pursue their learning goals.

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    Maximize "time on task"

    Double students' opportunity to learn to read by showing them how to independently manage the Unison Reading Format.

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What is Learning Cultures?

The Learning Cultures is a comprehensive systems approach to school reform with a primary goal of helping all students learn how to carry out their own intentions. Based on the ideas that children meet or exceed their potential depending on the resources provided by their culture, the Learning Cultures curriculum provides every teacher with the supports necessary to create classroom cultures that allow all children to take initiative to rise to their fullest potential. Learning Cultures is an educational model developed in a way that ensures all students learn.

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