Student-Centered Learning: A Review of the Research


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The future of learning and innovative policy options that enable student-centered learning to thrive were at the center of a national dialogue among state legislators participating in the NCSL Student-Centered Learning Commission, a bipartisan group of state legislators and legislative staff that studied personalized and student-centered learning environments and policy options from 2017 to 2019. The commission learned about policy options including competency-based learning and mastery-based progressions, personalized learning and expanded learning opportunities, along with new approaches to classroom and school building design and staffing.

During this one-hour webinar, legislators and legislative staff will hear from Eve Goldberg, director of research for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, about the body of research that supports student-centered learning. What are the lessons learned, to date, about school environments that enable student-centered learning? How might the research inform state policy going forward?

This webinar is the sixth in a series sponsored by the NCSL Student-Centered Learning Commission, with generous support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Other webinars include An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education, ESSA and Personalized Learning, Performance-Based Assessments for Teaching and Learning, Support for Teachers and Leaders in Student-Centered Learning Environments, and Student-Centered Learning for All Learners, all available for viewing at any time.



  • Sunny Deye, program director, NCSL 


  • Eve Goldberg, director of research, Nellie Mae Education Foundation 
  • Charlie Toulmin, director of policy, Nellie Mae Education Foundation