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Learning Principles

The ACE Learning protocol encompasses two distinct parts: six Foundation Standards and ten Learning Principles. The Learning Principles embrace a transformative approach designed to change schools into reflective learning communities, while the Foundation Standards represent the transactional relationships, structures, policies, and systems without which a learning community cannot exist. As schools chart their journey from transactional structures and organizations to communities focused on learning and designing their future, they transform from places into learning communities

1. Learning Goals

Learners demonstrate understandings, competencies, knowledge, dispositions, and values that will allow them to become responsible and successful citizens.

2. Dimensions of Learning

Learning encompasses creative, moral, social, experiential and entrepreneurial dimensions.

3. Assessment for, of, and as Learning

Assessment measures the effect of learning on the learner. Assessment for, of and as learning includes qualitative as well as quantitative criteria.

4. Learning Perspectives

Meaningful learning is extended when learners explore the unfamiliar, consider a range of perspectives, and take informed risks. Mistakes are seen as opportunities for learning.

5. Learner Engagement and Autonomy

Learners are engaged with and inspired by their learning. They have autonomy over their learning and make informed choices, supported by teachers acting as coaches and mentors.

6. Research and Reflection on Learning

Research, reflection, and future design-oriented thinking are valued and acted upon by the community of learners.

7. Inclusiveness of Learning

The learning community embraces a culture of inclusiveness.

8. Governance and Leadership for Learning

Governance, leadership, and management support, embody, and promote the organization’s intended Learning Impacts, norms and values.

9. Learning Space and Time

The design of learning spaces and the structuring of learning time are driven and shaped by the learning community’s intended Learning Impacts.

10. Learning Community

Respectful, healthy, ethical relationships and interactions create a true sense of community. Communication is honest and transparent. Community values are clearly stated, actively lived, and define a distinct, sustained identity.