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Learners Without Borders

Learners Without Borders
New Learning Pathways for All Students

September 2021 | 152 pages | Corwin

The future of education centers empowered students in a global learning ecosystem.

Despite decades of reform, the traditional borders of education—graduation, curriculum, classrooms, schools—have failed to deliver on the goals of excellence and equity.

Despite massive societal changes, education remains controlled by an old mindset. It is time to change that limiting mindset and, more importantly, the ineffective practices in education. To truly serve all learners, future classrooms must remove the boundaries of learning and become student-centered, culturally responsive, and personalized—supportive and equitable environments where each student can direct their own learning and seek multiple pathways to skills and knowledge in a global learning ecosystem. This compelling call for transformative change offers all involved in education

  • Evidence-based arguments that reveal the need to break the traditional borders that limit learning.
  • Strategies to personalize learning and remove the confinement of traditional pathways.
  • Examples from around the world to create equitable and student-centric learning environments.
  • Resources for creating a school learning environment that expands opportunities for personalized learning into the global learning ecosystem.>
It is time to now imagine a different kind of learning, without borders, and to begin the shifts in practice that will result in personalized learning for all students.
1. Introduction
The Failure of Education Reforms

Our Changing World

Hope for the Future

2. The School Pathway
The Borders of Schooling

The Dysfunctional One-to-Many Model


3. New Learning Opportunities
The Impact of Technology

What Matters: The Pressure on Education

New Students and Their Interactions With Technology

How to Improve: The Opportunities


4. Changing the School Pathway
The School Pathway

Rethinking the School Pathway

Breaking Out of the School Pathway

Dropping Out of the School Pathway

Changing the School Pathway

New Personalized Pathways

5. Breaking the Curriculum Border
Futile Efforts

The Owners of Curriculum

The Missing Actor

Students as Co-Owners


6. Breaking the Classroom Border
The Classroom Is Not the Only Play for Learning

The Human Teacher

New Forms of Teaching and Learning

Technology and Teachers' Roles


7. Self-Directed Learners
Natural Born Learners

Diverser Learners

Self-Determined Learners

The Loss of Learning

Teaching Self-Determination

Cultivating Future Creators


8. Making the Change: Learners Without Borders
Advocating for the Right Outcomes

Making the Changes

Learners Without Borders

Conclusion: Can Change Happen?


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