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A Foundation for Learning Cultures

The philosophy, theory and logic of the Learning Cultures model.
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Last updated 9/2014
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This course presents an innovative, socio-cultural model of education that can be implemented in classrooms at all levels and in all subjects. Learning Cultures practices will help you transform your classroom into a vibrant space for learning by ramping up student motivation, engagement, achievement, independence, self-responsibility, social collaboration and cooperation. In this introductory course, you will explore ideas from philosophy, history and science to understand why our current school system should change and how the Learning Cultures model provides a promising model for school reform. VISIT LEARNINGCULTURES.NET to learn more about the Learning Cultures model.

Who is the target audience?
  • Teachers of students of any age or subject, school administrators, education scholars, teacher educators, parents and education policy analysts.
  • School administrators
  • Teacher educators
  • Parents
  • Policy makers
  • Scholars of literacy, learning sciences, educational philosophy and curriculum theory
  • Education non-profit organizations
  • School counselors and deans
  • International and global education
  • Peace education
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course, you will have a solid base of understanding of the Learning Cultures practices and the ideas they are based upon
In this course you will explore the social, historical and scientific reasons that warrant substantial reforms in educatoin
You will learn how the practices of Learning Cultures reorganize learning contexts to support high levels of student engagement, motivation, independence, personal responsibility, and cooperative abilities
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  • Your learning experience will be enhanced to the degree that you have access to an educational setting where the ideas you learn about can be applied
  • Taking the course with a friend or colleague with whom you can share insights you learn about will make the course more enjoyable and impactful
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"Miss Cynthia," as school kids call her, is a wife, mother, teacher, school reformer, literacy scholar, and university professor.

She is the creator of Learning Cultures, an educational model based on the understanding that people learn best when they are curious, engaged, and attentive. But more importantly, they learn most deeply when they have opportunities to think in the company of others. Underlying the Learning Cultures model is a theory of literacy instruction developed by Cynthia that accounts for the role that social context plays in establishing ground rules for literacy competence and the responsibilities that the student must assume within the context of the learning community. This approach teaches students literacy skills as well as the social competencies and responsibilities required of literate people.

Cynthia McCallister holds the position of Associate Professor of Education at New York University. She has pursued her scholarly career with one foot in the world of academia and the other firmly planted in public school classrooms, merging insights about how schools work and students learn into a synergistic approach to education that is functional, pragmatic, and accountable to principles of learning theory and developmental psychology. As a scholar, Cynthia’s primary commitment is to translate cutting-edge theory into forms of knowledge that are functional at the classroom level.

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