Portrait of a Learner

Definition of Learning and Attributes of a
Lincoln Learner


We inspire and challenge all of our learners to be kind and ethical members of a global community. We empower them to develop into self-aware, confident, innovative and collaborative change-agents committed to honoring diversity and enhancing their world.

Definition of Learning:

Learning is the intentional process of making sense of the world through exploration, expression, and reflection. The journey of life-long learning is transformative, inspires action, and opens new pathways.

Attributes of a Lincoln Learner – (ALLs):

  1. Learner as Thinker and Researcher

    1. Inquirer: Asks questions to explore a topic or issue, using prior knowledge, personal experience, and/or cultural frames of reference
    2. Discerning Problem Solver: Determines the roots of the problem to address its complexity and shapes a solution path
    3. Innovative Designer: Crafts imaginative and purposeful solutions, findings, prototypes, performances, and media using design thinking and inquiry processes.
    4. Critical Researcher: Selects and analyzes a range of data sources and viewpoints, while ethically using the research process.
  2. Learner as an Agent of Change

    1. Global and local ambassador: Engages with others to identify and explore authentic contemporary issues in local and global contexts, and proposes solutions that will improve the lives of others
    2. Ethical citizen: Makes ethical choices and demonstrates integrity by anticipating and evaluating the consequences of words and actions to promote positive impacts in the community.
    3. Advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI): Embraces diversity and advocates for inclusive practices that promote equity and justice.
  3. Learner as Communicator

    1. Responsive Listener: Contributes to interactions by respectfully seeking to better understand someone’s point of view, using home or acquired languages.
    2. Critical Reader: Works to comprehend and analyze different texts, in home or acquired languages, across various disciplines, for multiple purposes.
    3. Articulate Speaker: Expresses information and ideas being mindful of purpose and audience in home or acquired languages.
    4. Effective Writer: Generates rich and well crafted texts that show a command of language, and are informed by use of genre and strategic use of evidence in home or acquired languages.
    5. Creative Producer: Expresses complex ideas creatively, in home or acquired languages, for a variety of purposes by producing original work emulating professional techniques using a variety of contemporary media formats.
  4. Learner as Self Navigator

    1. Self-Monitor: Cultivates a growth mindset towards understanding own emotions, thoughts, and behavior and is motivated to develop interests and pursue goals with a sense of purpose and efficacy.
    2. Self-Manager: Prepares for learning, plans for timelines and completion of work, manages own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations, and contributes positively to school culture and climate.
    3. Relationship-Builder: Establishes, maintains, and advocates for healthy and supportive relationships with culturally diverse individuals and groups, collaborates with empathy and works effectively in teams, while resisting negative social pressure, resolving conflicts constructively, and seeking or offering help when needed.