Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA

Policymakers and practitioners who face a deluge of important decisions affecting thousands of schools can find advice from some of the top education thinkers in the country in JFF’s new brief, Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities. The piece recommends ways that supporters of deeper learning can make the most of the rapidly changing Read more about Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA[…]

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Getting Smart: 6 Entry Points for Deeper Learning

In a recent Getting Smart article, Bonnie Lathram and Tyler Nakatsu explore how educators can get started with Deeper Learning. They suggest six entry points: Be a maker As an educator, what artifacts are there that can showcase the “makers” that you and your students are? Bring your own talents to the work you are Read more about Getting Smart: 6 Entry Points for Deeper Learning[…]

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The Paradox of Education: Learning Over Knowing

Heather McGowan has published an intriguing new article examining the need for a focus on learning, rather than knowing, in order to prepare students for the 21st century. A portion of her article is excerpted below: Students will have to be prepared to adapt and be more adept at critical thinking and problem-solving rather than Read more about The Paradox of Education: Learning Over Knowing[…]

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Deeper Teaching: Students at the Center of Learning

Most high school students are accustomed to learning in two ways: by listening to the teacher and by reading books and other texts. These familiar ways of learning work for them so long as their teachers demand only that they grasp and remember the given content. However, if the goal is to help students learn Read more about Deeper Teaching: Students at the Center of Learning[…]

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Darling-Hammond Launches New Research Think Tank

Well-known Stanford education reformer Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond has recently launched a new think tank to help reform American education, with a focus on deeper learning to equip students for the 21st century economy. The Learning Policy Institute has the backing of many large donors and has other notable education leaders on board, including Dr. Henry Read more about Darling-Hammond Launches New Research Think Tank[…]

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Overlooked Educators Key to Deeper Learning

In the world of ed-tech, STEM, and international comparisons, it can be easy to overlook art, music, and drama teachers; career and technical education instructors; and athletic coaches. Yet, as Peter Hofman argues persuasively, these are the very teachers who the most adept at “stimulating student performance and the complex tasks of evaluating substantive demonstrations Read more about Overlooked Educators Key to Deeper Learning[…]

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Deeper Learning: A Primer for State Legislators

Deeper learning is a term being used more and more across the country, and state education leaders are being asked to create and implement aligned policies. A new report from Education Commission of the States serves as a primer for state policymakers seeking to modify instruction and assessment policies to better engage today’s students. The Read more about Deeper Learning: A Primer for State Legislators[…]

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Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) explores key elements of policies that support deeper learning in schools – including policies that state boards of education must seriously consider to ensure their state’s students are prepared for college, career and civic life. In Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education, NASBE’s Ace Read more about Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education[…]

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Big Picture Learning report highlights value of Deeper Learning

American Institutes for Research (AIR) has released a comprehensive study evaluating Deeper Learning opportunities and outcomes in high school. The combination of (1) a deeper understanding of core academic content, (2) the ability to apply that understanding to novel problems and situations, and (3) the development of a range of competencies, including people skills and Read more about Big Picture Learning report highlights value of Deeper Learning[…]

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PISA results: American Students as Creative Problem Solvers

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently released the PISA 2012 Results, entitled Creative Problem Solving: Students’ Skills in Tackling Real-Life Problems. It is the OECD’s first assessment of problem-solving skills and its first attempt to measure the creative skills that today’s economy demands from its workers. Some are surprised to see an Read more about PISA results: American Students as Creative Problem Solvers[…]

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Risk and Rigor in the Classroom

TNTP, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all students get excellent teachers, recently released the latest in its one-of-a-kind series of essays on effective teaching written by and for practicing teachers. Titled “Going Deep: Empowering Students to Take Risks, Make Mistakes and Master Difficult Material,” the new paper was written by some of the Read more about Risk and Rigor in the Classroom[…]

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New Spotlights from Education Week

Education Week Spotlights contain essential news and commentary on the big issues. These Spotlights provide the information you need to understand the most talked-about topics.  Each spotlight contains seven articles. Download the Latest Spotlights for Free!  Deeper Learning: Applying brain studies to teaching students with disabilities Dual-language classes offering instruction in English and a second Read more about New Spotlights from Education Week[…]

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