Faces of Learning is a national grassroots engagement initiative that aims to help everyone — young and old, educator and non-educator, Democrat and Republican — see more clearly what powerful learning actually looks like (and requires).

Convened by the Q.E.D. Foundation, we are a decentralized, collaborative, story-driven, nonpartisan, solution-oriented network of individuals and organizations.

We envision a world where all people understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners, and where everyone expects and demands high quality learning environments throughout their lives.

Our mission is to help build the capacity needed to support those high-quality learning environments. We do this by creating virtual and physical spaces for people to reflect on four essential questions that are, alarmingly, almost completely absent from the current national conversation about school improvement:

1. How do people learn?
2. How do I learn?
3. What does the ideal learning environment look like?
4. How can we create more of them?

Underlining our commitment to this work is a shared commitment to four guiding principles:

1. We are all learners with aspirations and passions which deserve to be supported in every way possible.
2. Learning changes lives by helping us develop the will, knowledge, skill, and capacity to achieve our aspirations.
3. Learning needs to happen in different ways, so we use various strengths and resources to engage with the world around us.
4. Learning empowers us to co-create our public world and to shape the decisions that impact our lives.

To ensure the broadest and most thoughtful consideration of these questions, Faces of Learning engages people in a variety of ways:

- On the radio, where new learning stories are featured each week, and listeners can submit their own for consideration.
- In print, via serialized “Story Series” in major newspapers of record, articles in national magazines, and advertisements in publications that can help expand our community of participants.
— Online, where visitors will receive information about events, contribute stories, access free tools to assess their individual strengths and weaknesses as a learner, and find resources that help improve the overall learning conditions for children.

Tired of the polarizing rhetoric? Interested in shifting the national conversation about public education? Let’s stop asking what is broken or who is to blame. Join us in asking how to create places for children and adults that are more challenging, engaging, relevant, supportive, and experiential.

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