Institute Description
The Rebuilding for Learning Online Leadership Institute orients school leaders to the need for student learning supports, the full continuum of essential school-community interventions, and the core principles and tenets of comprehensive learning support systems. Leadership teams that successfully complete the online institute have an emerging "blueprint" that enables them to more deeply investigate student learning supports and the feasibility of instituting change in their states and districts.

Who is the institute for?

The institute has been designed for
  • State Level Leaders, State Departments of Education
    • Learn about a comprehensive framework for learning support systems that works to improve student learning outcomes.
    • Learn about the policies and processes necessary for framework implementation.
    • Build state department capacity to address learning supports at the state level and aid local districts in designing and implementing learning support systems.
  • Local Leaders-Superintendents, etc.
    • Guidance and access to resources for designing a comprehensive system of learning supports that works to remove barriers to learning and teaching and re-engage students in learning.
  • Practitioners in Schools-Teachers, Counselors, School Administrators
The institute consists of six sessions. Here are the key questions and topics covered by each.

Session 1: What is the Rebuilding for Learning Initiative and Why is it Needed?
Key topics explored:
  • What is the aim of the initiative and why is it needed?
  • Objectives and overview
  • Why is a system of learning supports imperative for school success?
  • What is currently being done and why isn't it working?
  • What lenses need to be used to see what's missing in school improvement planning?
Session 2: What is a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports? Part A: Intervention Framework
Key topics explored:
  • What are learning supports?
  • Blueprints for reframing intervention
    • Levels of intervention
    • Content arenas
Session 3: What is a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports? Part B: Reworking the Operational and Organizational Infrastructure Part C: Policy Implications
Key topics explored:
  • Part B: Reworking the operational and organizational infrastructure
    • Blueprints for designing operational and organizational infrastructure
      • At school and school complex levels
      • At the district level
      • For school-community collaboration
  • Part C: Policy implications
    • Ending the marginalization of an enabling or learning supports component
      • Expanding school improvement policy
      • Expanding school accountability
Session 4: Intrinsic Motivation
Key topics explored:
  • About the third lens: Engaging and re-engaging students in classroom instruction
  • Motivation: beyond reinforcement theory
  • Understanding the motivational bases for disengagement
  • Re-engaging students
Session 5: School Transformation is About Systemic Change
Key topics explored:
  • The challenge of getting from here to there
  • Phases, steps, and linked logic models
  • System change infrastructure and strategies
  • The importance of expanding the accountability framework
Session 6: Designing a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports and Strategically Planning its Implementation
Key topics explored:
  • Developing a prototype design document for a comprehensive system of learning supports
  • Initial strategic and action planning for transformation
  • Institute concluding comments
What will participants gain from the institute?
This online course will help participants
  • Build understanding about comprehensive systems of learning supports and how such systems transform public education;
  • Create policy and practice framework documents that can be shared among critical stakeholder groups;
  • Work to design and implement learning support systems for their schools and districts.
What is expected from participants of the institute?

The institute can be taken by a team of leaders or by an individual who wants to deepen their understanding of a comprehensive learning support system. It is our hope that the course will help to catalyze the movement toward system reform across the country. For that reason, the institute and the technical assistance support offered as part of the institute, is being made available by Scholastic and the UCLA Center, at no charge.

It is expected that each participant will embark on the course with the intent to seriously examine the subject matter with an eye toward considering how their school, district, or state department can be transformed by designing and implementing a learning support system.

Institute participants are asked to:
  • Follow the syllabus, the required readings should be completed before each session.
  • Participate in forums and dialogue
  • Complete assignments
  • Complete the institute
  • Report on your/your team's progress
  • If you are the facilitator of the institute for your school or district leadership team, please review the Facilitator's Guide section of this web site.
Via this site you can access everything you need (or your team needs) to successfully complete the institute, including
  • Facilitator's Guide
  • Rebuilding for Learning™: Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching, and Re-engaging Students, Adelman, H., Taylor, L., Scholastic 2008
  • Institute Syllabus
  • Adelman and Taylor PowerPoint Presentations
  • Case study interviews
  • Web content (links to readings, resources)
  • Activities for deeper level of study