Target 20 Explained: Adaptive support network for all learners

This post is part of a series designed to help parents, teachers, students, and the global community understand the Targets associated with WAB's journey to achieve the Future of Learning.

Target 20: Adaptive support network for all learners
The development of the whole child means every learner receives personalized and ongoing support for academic, social, and emotional wellbeing.

This is one of the boldest, most important, and all-encompassing FLoW21 targets.

It implies the entire school ecosystem becomes an adaptive support network: Resources, systems, people, structures and beyond are flexible and work together to support every individual learner's specific needs (Target 13).

Too often when teachers or counselors identify a student who is struggling to focus, engage, or connect with their learning or environment, we blame the student. But what we need to be doing is challenging the system by asking questions such as, "How can our school adapt to better meet this student's needs?"

It begins from the baseline assessment, which helps the teachers, assistants, counselors, and everyone at the school get to know each child. From there, faculty can utilize the resources and expertise of their colleagues to serve each student academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. This is where specialized support, resources, and systems are allocated in unique ways for each individual. Personalized feedback will contribute to the ongoing success of that student (Target 16).

This does not mean that the school is now a paradise of learning that equates to automatic success for every student. Of course, learners need to learn to be flexible, resilient, and adaptive to circumstances and environments (Target 6). It is about being a flexible system, which can support students in their development of these skills and academic knowledge.

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