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Guidebook to Equitable, Community-Based, Learner-Centered Ecosystems

This is a guide for those leaning in, striving for, and working to invent a new system of education that can equitably and powerfully enable thriving learner-centered experiences for all children.

Chapter One

The Vision of Equitable, Community-Based, Learner-Centered Ecosystems

Framing for how to approach this guidebook and illuminate the learner-centered vision it is built upon.


Chapter Two

Governance, Accountability, and Resource Allocation

Reframing for the structures of governance, accountability, and resource allocation that prioritize the wellness of the ecosystem based on mutual commitments shared by all participants.


Chapter Three

Assessing and Credentialing of Learning

A reframing of the structures of assessment and credentialing of learning that prioritize the growth and development of each child and their ability to communicate their learning to themselves and the greater community.


Chapter Four

People and People Systems

A reframing of the structures often labeled as “human capital” to prioritize the people within an ecosystem, their unique talents and needs, and the reimagined roles they might play to powerfully and equitably support youth and the ecosystem’s wellbeing.



Emergence of Ecosystems

In this concluding chapter, we offer a path forward to realize the full possibility of thriving equitable, community-based, learner-centered ecosystems.



Opportunities for Deeper Insight

We invite you to explore different ways to apply the ideas and frameworks offered in this guidebook. From considering how the current education system operates to imagining how different people might contribute within an ecosystem, these are offered as starting points with which to play.


Appendix A

An Exercise: Investigating the Principles of our Conventional Education System


Appendix B

Vignette: Harperstown Governance System


Appendix C

An Exercise: Imagining Infrastructure Solutions


Appendix D

An Exercise: Visualizing Key Functions