The science of the individual is clear that there is no average student. Teaching to the middle actually teaches no one. Learning sciences, instead, leads us to better understand the factors that matter in learning, a combination of academic, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and student background. At the Learner Variability Project (LVP) we translate this ever-growing research into easily accessible factors and strategies that can inform both product design and classroom practice. The research-based factors and strategies together comprise our Learner Models, which include preK through high school in reading, math, and literacy. These Models are free, open-source, and based on a whole-child framework. Teachers and edtech developers can:
Independently walk through LVN to infuse their practice and product with research-driven learner factors and strategies designed to reach each learner.
Seek LVP-provided professional development and training opportunities.
Explore learner variability micro-credentials that build educators’ capacity for addressing different factors, like attention and self-regulation.
LVP also provides access to free reports, case studies, videos, and webinars focused on learner variability and learning sciences research in numerous areas, including SEL, culturally responsive teaching, and adolescent literacy.