Diverse approaches ranging from Montessori and Reggio Emilia to Project Based Learning and International Baccalaureate share a common commitment to respecting the inherent potential of each learner and recognizing that the primary power and responsibility for learning lies within learners themselves. Our work identifies opportunities to expand such practices equitably to improve outcomes specifically for historically underserved communities. We conduct research and evaluation in environments already fostering learner agency and look for opportunities to expand practices inspired by these educational approaches into more conventional educational settings.
The center is housed within the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas, which offers resources and expertise in psychometrics, curriculum and instruction, test development, editing, web design, software development, computer science, and event planning. AAI also provides access to countless resources available through the university, including libraries and conference facilities.