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Landscape Model of Learning

Designing Student-Centered Experiences for Cognitive and Cultural Inclusion

Implement culturally responsive teaching and improve your school culture. By applying the research-based teaching strategies found in this essential guide, you will learn how to create a more meaningful and inclusive learning ecosystem.


  • Retire the inadequate goal of access and move education toward the higher and more urgent, equitable goal of helping every student reach their highest possible level of individual success.
  • Embrace the concept of inclusive prosperity, which goes beyond diversity to accepting and supporting all students—their experiences, gifts, and challenges—to build communities where all students belong and thrive.
  • Receive practical, research-based strategies for developing agency and engagement so that students become the protagonists of their own journeys through the learning ecosystem.
  • Design systems for student protagonism by implementing student-centered strategies for cognitive and cultural inclusion.
  • Obtain reproducible tools to deepen understanding and implementation of the material.
  • Learn how to successfully implement the model despite common hurdles and potential challenges, such as traditional academic contexts and economically disenfranchised schools.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Are We Here?
Part 1: Understanding the Landscape Model
Chapter 1: The Landscape Model’s Three Elements
Chapter 2: Eight Guiding Principles
Part 2: Implementing the Landscape Model
Chapter 3: The Ecosystem
Chapter 4: The Horizon
Chapter 5: The Pathway
Part 3: Leading the Landscape Model
Chapter 6: Student Growth Assessment on the Landscape
Chapter 7: Challenges of Implementation
Chapter 8: Landscape Model Implementation for Long-Term Success
Chapter 9: Opportunities for the Future
Epilogue: Why This Work Matters


Chapter 2

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 8

Chapter 9



  • Conzemius, A. E., & O’Neill, J. (2014). The handbook for SMART school teams: Revitalizing best practices for collaboration (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Klein, J. D. (2017). The global education guidebook: Humanizing K–12 classrooms worldwide through equitable partnerships. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.


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Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8