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Applied Learning Leadership Programming

What is Applied Learning?

Applied Learning inspires students with an innovative, engaging way to approach core and elective subject matter. Using proven programs and approaches, AL serves as the next instructional leap in education.

Through collaboration and iteration, learners apply knowledge to discover the answers to real-world questions – developing lasting comprehension by learning how to solve complex problems and why what they learn is relevant in everyday life.

Features of Quality Applied Learning

  • Shifts the cognitive demand to students by posing meaningful, real-world problems.

  • Pairs content knowledge and soft skills.

  • Requires iteration and persistence, valuing failure and feedback.

  • Enriches student learning through communication and collaboration.

  • Frames problems from the perspective of professionals to help students understand who uses it in the real world (in the upper grades).

Applied Learning Leadership Discovery Program

The Discovery Program allows school leadership teams to explore strong Applied Learning practices and reflect on opportunities to bring these practices back to their own schools. The program is centered around a set of energizing and thought-provoking school visits. These school visits will be dually focused — designed to spur new thinking and provide immediately implementable strategies to improve a school’s Applied Learning programs. Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now closed. 

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Applied Learning Leadership Institute

The Applied Learning Leadership Institute

The Applied Learning Leadership Institute (ALLI) allows cohorts of school leadership teams to collaborate on expanding high-quality Applied Learning in their schools and shifting the cognitive demand to students through a series of facilitated working sessions and school. School leadership teams, led by the Principal, identify a local problem of practice, work through cycles of designing, piloting, and iterating on strategies that respond to the problem, and analyze student impact data. In addition, teams participate in two rounds of school visits designed to spur creativity and new thinking. See more information here. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort are now closed.

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Participating ALLI Schools

Cohort 1 (SY23-24): Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School (Norwood), Henry Lord Community School (Fall River), Memorial Middle School (Fitchburg), Millbury Junior/Senior High, Nipmuc Regional High (Mendon-Upton), O’Bryant School of Math & Science (Boston), Randolph Community Middle, Talbot Innovation School (Fall River), Westfield High School, Worcester Technical High School

Cohort 2 (SY24-25): Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School, Blackstone Millville Regional High School, Cyrus Peirce (Nantucket), Danvers High School, Dedham Middle School, Hoosac Valley High School, Hoosac Valley Middle School, Hopedale Jr Sr High School, Kiley Academy (Springfield), Miscoe Hill School (Mendon-Upton), Robert J. Coelho Middle School (Attleboro), Sandwich Middle High School, Silver Lake Regional Middle School, Stoneham Central Middle School, Westfield Middle School


Have questions? Want more information? Contact Sissela Tucker, the Director for Educator Network Design, at stucker@one8.org

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