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Student-Directed Learning

Student-directed learning is about the student being the agent - or, person with an active role in learning - rather than the teacher. When the student has clarity in the direction, the student is making, creating, doing, sharing, collaborating, and publishing in ways that are meaningful to them, using real-world tools. Student-directed learning believes students create meaningful schema in their own minds through active engagement with the world.

At its best, students are deciding what to learn (following their passions, interests and goals) and how to learn it (playing to the strengths of their own learning styles). Student-directed learning emphasizes the ability to create the lifelong learning mindset necessary to thrive in an unpredictable future. We have to give students this set of skills during their education now if we want to unlock their potential for the future.

Theory of Action

IF teachers, counselors, school and district leaders cultivate a culture and conditions where students assume leadership roles in their learning, both individually and as a community,
THEN students will be empowered through collaboration to identify, plan, demonstrate, and reflect on their passions, interests, and goals as lifelong learners and contributors of their communities.


  • By 2025 the mean Elementary score for the attendance and engagement indicators on MYVH will be at least 3.5 (4 point scale).  

  • By 2025 the mean Secondary score for the attendance and engagement indicators on MYVH will be at least 3.25 (4 point scale). 

Tactic Team

Cecily Klein (Tactic Lead) - Director, Curriculum and Instruction
Cathy Baune - Assistant Director, Blended Learning
Brenda Carlson - Achievement Director
Addi Cantor - Dropout Prevention
Anne DiCola - Principal, Stober Elementary
Jennifer Estes - Evaluation Coach
Jenny Fredrickson - Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher
Jaime Grimm Rice - Health Education Content Specialist
Stephanie Higley - 5/6 Grade Teacher, Colorow
Ian Hooper - ESL/Dual Language Resource Teacher
Liz Hudd - Science, Warren Tech
Mark Litzau - Assistant Principal, Ralston Valley High School
Julie Malecha - Instructional Coach, Ryan Elementary
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