The Learning Collaborative in Kansas City supports teachers across the greater KC region in delivering place-based, experiential learning experiences in partnership with cultural and community institutions.
Our goal is to ensure that all students grow up with the sense of belonging, connection, community and agency that they need to succeed and thrive.
Kansas City is the pioneer model of a Civic Learning Collaborative, bringing museums and schools together to deliver the kind of learning that will help young people thrive as citizens and participants in their community.
The Learning Collaborative launched in 2020 after years of successful work by the Kansas City Social Studies Consortium and the Museum Educator Roundtable in response to the historic challenges we face as a community.
In partnership with THE HISTORY CO:LAB we launched this Collaborative to increase our impact on student learning experiences in our region and to strengthen the social fabric of our community.
We host co-creation workshops, learning (PD) sessions and community building events between teachers, museum educators and students.
We are focused on transforming the practice of social studies and history teaching, because the methods used at present are not only preventing many young people from feeling included and empowered, they are not building the skills we so urgently need, such as civil discourse, the ability to detect fake news and creative problem-solving.
We are spreading the model of place-based, inquiry-based, experiential learning, because:
We do not prescribe one interpretation of the past:
our system for real world history teaching encourages careful research, the construction of thoughtful arguments, respectful listening, civil disagreement and reflected action. This--more than a canned helping of civic trivia and historical knowledge-- is learning that enables young people to succeed and will strengthen our democracy.
Activating the full ecosystem of community institutions as active partners in preparing young people to succeed not only supports the psychological growth of youth, but engages the adults in these institutions in learning, and in playing a new role as changemakers.