About All Learners Network

The All Learners Network uses five key components to help math leaders and, ultimately, teachers, support all students to be successful in mathematics. These components include:

1. High Leverage Concepts

High Leverage Concepts (HLCs) are key mathematical understandings that students will need to be successful in the following year of school. For example, all students need to demonstrate understanding of the HLC in first grade – adding and subtracting numbers to 120 – to be successful in second grade where they will be adding and subtracting numbers within 1,000. HLCs are the focus of most/all remedial efforts at a particular grade level.

2. All Learners Lesson Structure 

The All Learners Network makes use of a workshop-style approach to lessons in order to leverage both inclusion and differentiation for student learning. Instruction in the All Learners Network is focused on the use of conceptual models to facilitate individual student understanding. Multiple ways to solve (and understand) problems are encouraged. The elements of the All Learners Lessons include: 

  • Launch (often a Number Talk or short problem)

  • Main Lesson (focused on heterogeneous problem solving and student discourse)

  • Menu (a differentiated part of the lesson used for remediation and the presentation of “just right” practice and reflection)

  • Closure (a time for sharing, reflection, and formative assessment)

3. Use of Instructional Leaders to Facilitate Instruction Growth 

Instructional coaches and teacher-leaders are the key participants in the All Learners Network. Through tools made available in All Learners Network instructional leaders support teachers to develop their pedagogical skill, interpret and use assessment data, and support learners who struggle with math.

4. A Rapid Cycle of Inquiry

The instructional leaders who have participated in the All Learners Network for the last two years are concerned primarily with what works. That is, they are focused on instructional practices that support all learners to demonstrate understanding of High Leverage Concepts before the end of the year. All Learners coaches are constantly trying new practices, revising instruments (like the High Leverage Assessments), learning and revising techniques (like clinical interviews). As teachers and coaches in the field find success, their results are reported throughout the All Learners Network so others can validate or revise these new practices.

5. Formative Assessment Informs Instruction

The All Learners Network is focused on the success of every child. We believe that children can only be successful at mathematics if they construct their own understanding from experience. Since each learner has unique qualities, a big focus of our work is on understanding how students think in order to provide them with the kinds of experiences that will deepen their conceptual understanding or make it more efficient. We use Formative Probes, Clinical Interviews, Collaborative Studies – specific coaching tools to help teachers and leaders get good information on student understanding and plan accordingly.