Learning transcends location in relevant and valued ways, connected to families, educators, communities, and networks.
increase in high school graduation rate among high school students enrolled in a community-based support program.
How Do Learner Connected Experiences Help Students?
The Guidelines of a Learner Connected Experience
- Academic skills and knowledge
- Community and civic engagement
- Workplace experience
What Does the Research Say?
A sense of belonging at school and strong relationships with teachers strongly predicts improved learning outcomes—learners can do more when they have more people whose support, ideas, or networks they can rely on.2
There are promising models that help students build social capital by developing mentor relationships and professional connections outside school.3
1. Learner Connected Guideline #1
Learners collaborate with peers, family, educators, and others
2. Learner Connected Guideline #2
Learners cultivate meaningful relationships
3. Learner Connected Guideline #3
Learners advance opportunities through connections