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This digital program is for all things DL2023! Sched is open! You may select your sessions starting March 14th at 11am PST.

Be sure to select one Workshop Round 1 or Den Talk series [for Day 1], one Deep Dive session [for Day 2], and one Workshop Round 2 or Den Talk series [for Day 3]. These sessions have capacity limits and will fill up.

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Tuesday, March 28 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
The Landscape Model of Learning: Designing Student-Centered Experiences for Cognitive and Cultural Inclusion

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Most schools still function with age-level groupings and an industrial-era mentality about students, where we presume a common starting and ending point for all. While such systems may have helped us standardize education and make it more efficient, they make some students feel perpetually behind, hold back our most talented, and ignore the "middle." Rather than shooting for access for all students, authors Jennifer D. Klein and Kapono Ciotti have developed The Landscape Model to help teachers and leaders ensure the highest levels of success possible for all students. Recognizing that students are positioned across a landscape when it comes to their learning and growth, our model seeks to provide strategies for developing an asset-based understanding of what each student brings into the learning ecosystem (previous learning and educational access, cultural and other identity orientations, cognitive abilities, etc.), for co-constructing each child's horizon with students and their families (goals and aspirations, as well as their Zone of Proximal Development), and for constructing a personal pathway appropriate for that student (a culturally- and cognitively-responsive personal learning plan to reach those goals). The entire model hinges on student protagonism, and the goal is a level of "inclusive prosperity" which leverages talents and passions to ensure all students reach the horizon they and their families are working toward.

This session will provide an overview of the three elements of the Landscape Model, as well as the Eight Principles upon which it is based. Participants will have an opportunity to experience inclusive strategies, and to begin envisioning how they might use the model to build more inclusive prosperity in their schools.

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Jennifer D. Klein

CEO, Principled Learning Strategies
Jennifer D. Klein is a product of experiential project-based education herself, and she lives and breathes the student-centered pedagogies used to educate her. She became a teacher during graduate school in 1990, quickly finding the intersection between her love of writing and her... Read More →
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Kapono Ciotti

International School Leader and Executive Director, What School Could Be
Kapono Ciotti attributes his educational philosophy to his own schooling experience in a progressive, social-constructivist school during his early years in Honolulu, Hawaii. He taught in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Dakar, Senegal, for over a decade before moving into school leadership... Read More →

Tuesday March 28, 2023 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
HTe 114