The National Center for Innovation in Education and the Educational Policy Improvement Center (now known as Inflexion) recognized this need in 2015 and co-developed their Essential Skills & Dispositions Framework: Developmental Frameworks for Collaboration, Communications, Creativity, and Self-Direction. This tool is for learner-centered educators looking to assess “the elements of postsecondary readiness already integrated into student learning opportunities and where there is a need to enhance educational practices and environments.” This framework acknowledges two key points when it comes to providing an holistic, learner-centered experience. One, the skills and dispositions developed during the learning journey are just as important as the knowledge obtained. Two, learning is a journey with no final destination. As you explore the framework’s perspective on developing an environment focused on collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction, take note of how measuring these qualities goes from Beginner to Emerging Expert—always leaving room for growth.
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