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Overview of Resources and Opportunities

The Learner Variability Project makes learning sciences research accessible to support a deeper understanding of whole child practices. Our professional learning is designed to:

  • Empower educators to leverage learning sciences research to design for the whole learner
  • Equip educators with an understanding of learner variability that enables them to implement student centered and equitable practices effectively.
  • Design powerful learning experiences that equips each learner for 21st century.

Whole Learner Topics

The topic pages below highlight factors and strategies related to an instructional approach or specific group of learners. Each topic page provides more context from the research, resources from the field, and explains the intersection with learner variability.

Topic Pages

Culturally Responsive Practice

Culturally responsive practice considers how to engage students in the learning process, both...

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Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and ADHD

Specific learning disabilities can include dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, while attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) centers on an individual's challenge with focus

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Multilingual Learners

Coming soon!

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Courses and Microcredentials

Our free courses offer the chance to take your learning deeper at your own pace. Our micro-credential stacks are great ways to showcase what you’ve learned.

Courses

Courses are currently in development and will be added to this section soon! Complete the form at the bottom of the page if you want to be notified when a new course is available.

Micro-credentials

Implementation Resources

Below are a collection of resources intended to help you leverage the Learner Variability Navigator as you work to address learner variability within your context.

Classroom strategies are at the heart of making learning personal. The key to effectively implementing any strategy is first to have a deep understanding of your context including your environment, yourself and others who are a part of your learning community be they adults or students. Second, it is important to understand the combination of strategies, nuances and conditions that must be present to make this strategy effective in your context. Lastly, it is important to understand that implementation is a process involving some trial and error and that you and your students will likely need more than one opportunity or exposure to a strategy to be able to yield the desired results. The resources below share examples of this in case studies, guides for this in Field guides and tools to help in templates.

Case Studies

Counselor Using the Literacy 7-12 Model

A middle school counselor supports learners with identity development and belonging..

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Middle School Teacher Supports Literacy 4-6

A literacy teacher in a hybrid setting implements book clubs with multilingual learners.

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Math Teacher Moves from K to 4th Grade

A math teacher uses Learner Variability factors and strategies to ease the transition to 4th grade math.

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Learner Variability Field Guides

Culturally Responsive Practice Guide

This guide provides educators and teams with protocols for applying culturally responsive instruction as they support learner variability.

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Student Activity Guide

Identify and design activities that help students understand their own learner variability.

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Learner Variability Teacher Guide

Support professional learning for yourself and other educators with ideas and resources on Learner Variability.

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Templates and Tools

Action Research Template

Use this template to capture findings using an action research approach.

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MTSS Template

A great resource for considering the strengths and needs of your student and identifying learner ...

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Teacher Self-Reflection Tool

Guides teachers through considering their own learner variability and how it may impact their...

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Opportunities

We offer different ways for educators to get involved and learn more about learner variability. For schools, districts and education organizations we offer lots of options to support professional learning within your organization. Use the form at the bottom of this page to sign up!

Edtech product developers can work toward earning our Learner Variability Product Certification.

Opportunities for Educators

Meet our Practitioner Advisory Board
Our Practitioner Advisory Board members provide context expertise around the application of our tools in various education related settings. Their knowledge and experience helps improve our strategies on the LVN and many of the tools you find on this page. Meet our current 2022 board.

Join Our EdWeb Webinars and Community
Through our Edweb community: Personalized Learning for Learner Variability we offer free webinars that educators can receive continuing education credit for. Our webinars cover a range of topics and feature a variety of experts from the field. Once you create a log in you’ll have access to our archives. To find out about upcoming webinars be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Professional Learning for Schools and Districts

Research shows that even brief professional learning on the science of learning can increase educators’ confidence and understanding of student centered approaches.

Online Courses About Learner Variability and Related Topics
Our online courses build upon a foundational understanding of learner variability and leverage learning sciences research to deepen educators' understanding of the topic through a whole child lens. Courses emphasize the application of research based practices. They can be customized to support district initiatives and integrated into your learning management system. Sample courses include:

  • Designing for Learner Variability
  • Building Equitable and Trauma Informed Schools
  • A Whole Child Approach to MTSS
  • Building Strengths Based IEP’s

Workshops & Webinars For Educators, Coaches, and Administrators
Whether in person or virtual, our workshops provide participants the opportunity to build a solid foundation on the science behind learner variability, reflect on their own learning experiences, and leverage the LVN with guidance and support to address different scenarios. Workshops can cover a variety of topics to support existing initiatives and can be customized for your context and audience.

Professional Learning Communities for Your School or District
We will train and support professional learning community leaders to use the LVN to support their colleagues. This is a great option for supporting MTSS, lesson planning and micro-credentials. Training includes one workshop and three planning sessions per semester.

Consultation and Customized Professional Development
We provide consultations on ways to integrate the LVN into your existing professional learning.

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If you're interested in the opportunities above, complete this form and we will follow up with you soon! Or email lvppartners at digitalpromise dot org.