ORGANIZE KIDS TO PARTICIPATE IN 'EMOTIONSHIPS' WHERE THEY ACCESS THE MENTAL STATES OF PEERS TO REGULATE EMOTIONS, NEGOTIATE CHALLENGE AND ADVERSITY, LEARN CONTENT, AND HAVE FUN!
Learning Cultures is a way to organize classrooms so that students have more freedom to talk, think, collaborate, and take responsibility for making decisions about what and how they learn. These are ingredients for motivation.
Learning Cultures methods provide a blueprint for student achievement. The curriculum is organized into academic formats that specify concrete procedures and routines that students and teachers can follow to reach high teaching and learning standards.
Cynthia McCallister, NYU professor and long-time teacher and school reformer is the creator of the Learning Cultures model.
The Learning Cultures model has been proven to be highly effective in Pre-K through 12th grade NYC classrooms, in all subjects and languages, where it has resulted in high achievement and happy kids!
STUDENTS HAVE AUTONOMY SO THEY CAN LEARN INDEPENDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY
INDIVIDUALIZED, STANDARDS-ALIGNED 'WORKOUT PLANS' IN EVERY SUBJECT LET KIDS SELF-ORGANIZE, FOLLOW THEIR INTENTIONS, AND PURSUE THEIR OWN ASPIRATIONS
How is Learning Cultures different than other educational methods?
Traditional 'transmission' education models teach kids through a process of 'telling' and 'testing,' following a prescribed curriculum and a set course of instruction through 'units of study.' Kids either stay on course or fall behind and fail. Learning Cultures breaks with the transmission tradition. The curriculum is built around a set of engaging social practices, called 'formats.' The 'formats' are organized to let students collaborate, cooperate, form relationships, take responsibility for learning, and become independent. They let kids learn to take agency for their education and self-organize.
How is Learning Cultures implemented?
Learning Cultures is usually implemented one grade or subject at a time in schools where educators want to phase in the model a little bit at a time. But Learning Cultures has also been used as a comprehensive school turnaround model. In schools where educators want a 'whole school' approach, a school culture and character education component developed by Cynthia, called 'Keepers of the Culture,' is used along with the academic formats in order to build a school culture of cooperation and civility. Cynthia McCallister helps schools determine which approach is most appropriate for the needs of the school. Then teachers and former students trained in the methods can come to your school to help you implement the model.
How much does Learning Cultures cost to implement?
Since the Learning Cultures methods teach students to become independent and to use their relationships with others to access information that is freely available to them in order to pursue their own academic goals, the program is very inexpensive to implement. Online courses are available to teachers and students, which can be accompanied by on-site training. Courses can be purchased on this website. Contact to discuss site-based support for your school.
Why is Learning Cultures effective?
Learning Cultures is effective as an educational approach because it creates multiple pathways for students to organize themselves to become successful academically and to improve their sense of well-being. The academic formats provide routines of social interactions that allow kids to form relationships with all their peers. They learn to work out problems, overcome adversity, self-regulate to the thinking and emotional needs and resources of others in order to regulate their own emotions and thinking. Learning Cultures teaches kids to find a sense of purpose in school, to develop self-competence and dignity, and to chart their own destiny.
How can I learn more?
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THE KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE® PROGRAM
LETS STUDENTS LEARN 'RESPON-CIVILITY' ® THROUGH PROTOCOLS THAT TEACH NTERDEPENDENCE AND COOPERATION
Learning is a self-initiating, self-organizing process, and the classroom environment is learning’s medium. In Learning Cultures classrooms, students enjoy maximal freedom in order to take... View full product details
Relationships pave a course for self-awareness and provide opportunities to develop higher order thinking, to regulate emotions and to self-regulate behavior. Through ‘emotionships’ with peers,... View full product details
The Content Share is a format that strengthens memory of new learning by recounting the Learning Conference experience. It develops public speaking competencies and confidence.... View full product details
Cooperative Unison Reading and Mindful Reading allow students to experience participation in group dialogue about a text, to practice sharing perspectives and reasoning cooperatively, to... View full product details
The Learning Conference develops cognitive control and strengthens a growth mindset by allowing students an opportunity to dissect a challenge, resolve it, and retell the... View full product details
The Lesson format provides an efficient opportunity for all students to access information or instruction that is collectively beneficial. Lessons provide a ritual opportunity to... View full product details
When young children take part in imaginative or pretend play activities, which support cognitive development, optimism, creativity, and a sense of imagination about possibilities for... View full product details
Responsibility Teams, or 'Game the Test' championships, teach students to plan and complete long-term projects; independently, meet the objectives of the formal curriculum and learning standards; gain... View full product details
The Small-Group Instruction format provides opportunities for directed/didactic instruction on pre-determined content. Dialogue facilitates students’ understanding of concepts/content that might not have been achieved by... View full product details
The Table Share provides the writer feedback to inform writing and revision processes. To provide participants critical insights into the dynamics of writing genres and... View full product details
Work Time provides opportunities for students to practice autonomy, agency, and independence in meeting learning goals. It helps support motivation and engagement through maximal freedom... View full product details
The Writing Conference informs the processes of writing and revision by providing the author with an opportunity to receive feedback on written work, aiding their... View full product details
The Writing Share helps students develop competencies necessary to compose texts that achieve an intended purpose. Develops critical understanding of the behavior of written genres.... View full product details
Most curricula are organized into discrete units and specify a prescribed sequence of instruction to be taught by teachers and then mastered by students. Learning... View full product details
Learning Cultures are student-directed social environments. Some classrooms depend on a teacher authority to maintain order. And once the teacher is no longer in control,... View full product details
The Activity Block is the large chunk of time devoted to a class or subject. Within the Learning Cultures model, most of the Activity Block... View full product details
Lessons are not the main focus of the Learning Cultures curriculum. Unlike the traditional linear transmission curriculum—where teacher-led lessons are considered to be the primary... View full product details
The writing program within Learning Cultures is the place where students have the widest possible freedom to organize their sense of purpose and exercise their... View full product details
Responsibility Teams (R-Teams) provide the opportunity for a small group of diversely-abled students to work cooperatively together to access curriculum content independently and without the... View full product details
The Learning Conference and Content Share go hand-in-hand to help students learn to develop a growth mindset about themselves as thinkers and learners and a... View full product details
Cynthia McCallister, the creator of Learning Cultures, welcomes you to the Learning Cultures Community. Cynthia is the Creator of Learning Cultures, is also the moderator... View full product details
OUR CURRICULUM HONORS FREEDOM OF CHOICE, BEAUTY OF HUMAN CREATIVITY, AND HIGH LEARNING STANDARDS
SO STUDENTS EXPERIENCE EMOTIONS OF JOY, HAPPINESS, SELF-COMPETENCE AND PLEASURE IN SCHOOL
In a new e-book, by Cynthia McCallister, is a brief guide to the Cooperative Unison Reading approach. It provides an innovative angle on reading instruction by looking at the reading process as a cooperative human process and applying theories from science that explain cooperation.
McCallister also looks at the reading process as a form of action, as opposed to the accumulation of discrete skills that are accumulated through linearly transmitted instruction.
The book is packed with practical applications of the method to real classroom situations, and comes alive with media assets such as audio and slideshows.
Even if you don't buy the book, you can access a free chapter that provides a training guide to the Cooperative Unison Reading method, led by an expert teacher in the method, Tara Silva.
The book is a companion to the online course, Cooperative Unison Reading/Mindful Reading, found on www.LearningCultures.net.
Visit the book's url and get yourself a copy today!
Summer 2016. A new instructional procedure, developed by Cynthia McCallister, called Integrative Math©, combines elements of Cooperative Unison Reading®: and modes of representation Jerome Bruner presented in his book, Toward A Theory of Instruction (1974). Students use the rules of Unison to read story problems. Then, using manipulatives, crayons, markers, and stories, they integrate enactive, iconic, and symbolic modes of representation, strengthening their mathematical thinking.
GENRE PRACTICE® METHODS LET STUDENTS PUT THEIR MINDS ON THE PAGE
AND BECOME AGENTS OF THEIR FUTURES AND AUTHORS THE CORE NARRATIVES OF THEIR LIVES