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Deeper Learning

Deeper learning is simply what highly effective educators have always provided: the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned. Rigorous core content is at the heart of the learning process; true deeper learning is developing competencies that enable graduating high school students to be college and career ready and then make maximum use of their knowledge in life and work.

Deeper Learning

Home Topics Deeper Learning
Deeper learning is simply what highly effective educators have always provided: the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned. Rigorous core content is at the heart of the learning process; true deeper learning is developing competencies that enable graduating high school students to be college and career ready and then make maximum use of their knowledge in life and work.

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Deeper Learning: What We Know So Far

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Teaching that focuses on the development of the six deeper learning competencies yields increased graduation rates, more engaged thinkers, and increased equitability in opportunities to access high-quality learning experiences. Learn more here.

Getting Smart Podcast | Improving Learner Experience: Agency, Community, Challenge

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Nate McClennen of Teton Science Schools and Neva Geisler of student-led One Stone school take you on a walking tour of downtown Boise while discussing place-based education, learner experience and the power of community connections.

Integrated Curriculum: Why it Matters, and Where to Find It

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Why do 95% of high schools retain discipline-based structure and staffing decades after the cost has been shown to significantly outweigh the benefit? Here, I look at a number of schools that provide good examples of ways to break the mold.

Measuring What Matters: A Framework Review

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This post reviews several whole-student outcome frameworks, particularly those that attempt to describe and measure productive dispositions and habits.

How Schools Develop Student Agency

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Given the rate of change in the world, helping young people take charge of their own learning is more important than ever. Here, I look at two EdLeaders' thoughts on how schools can help develop this mindset in students.

How Capistrano USD is Transforming its Writing Instruction

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By: Virginia Reischl. By aligning our writing goals and rubrics vertically from grades 6-12 and horizontally across disciplines, we are bringing clarity and continuity to our teaching of writing skills. Here’s how we are approaching this ambitious task.

To Design Deep Learning, Look to Enrichment and its Ancient Wisdom

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By: Jeff Wetzler. Enrichment is an often-overlooked aspect of the opportunity gap between affluent and lower-income children, and can be highly valuable in life and for appreciating the world. Learn more here.

Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12

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When people think of large urban districts, they often think about all the challenges that they face. And it’s true--large urban districts often have to overcome many hurdles. But these challenges are not insurmountable, and Santa Ana Unified proves it.

Personalization + Projects = Deeper Learning at Da Vinci

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We recently visited three Da Vinci Schools to observe the culture, community and deeper learning outcomes. Here is what we learned from our student guided tours at these innovative schools.

Allowing Authentic Discovery in the Middle School Classroom

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After finishing a more traditional assignment in my PBL classroom, I realized that we still need to allow the time and space for authentic discovery with students to help them connect.

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