Deeper Learning

Now That Schools Are Promoting Broader Definitions of Success, How Do We Measure Progress? – Education Article

As more schools adopt learning goals beyond reading, writing and math, certain questions are vexing school leaders worldwide: How can we measure growth in creative thinking? How can we spot a “self-aware” team member? How can we measure whether our graduating high school seniors have the habits necessary to succeed at college and throughout adult life? The good news is that leading grantmakers have defined new goals for students, including the XQ Learner Goals, the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning outcomes, and MyWays from NGLC. Battelle…

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New Message Manual to Improve and Create Consistent Communications in Education – Education Article

It can be challenging to know the “right words” to use when discussing education these days. Even if you think you know just what you want to say, how you say it can make all the difference. Think about the last message you sent: a mission statement, an email to teachers or parents, a press release, a social media post… How would your words in that message need to change to reach a different stakeholder audience? To help with this…

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Getting Students to Take Control – Education Article

When considering the future of work, it is important to consider what still needs to be done to prepare future generations. It is not a secret that everyone learns differently. In a world that is constantly changing—that is one thing that won’t. As EdReimaginged noted in their report, A transformational vision for education in the U.S., “the current system was designed in a different era and structured for a different society.” So why is it taking so long to adjust…

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How a Community Organization is Helping Students Find and Share Their Voice – Education Article

This is part two of a four-part series about how student engagement increases when students share their learning. We have been exploring how authentic public presentations of learning may lead to increased student engagement and why a campaign called Share Your Learning has been advocating for more teachers, schools, districts, and organizations to commit to sharing student learning. In our last feature, we learned how an elementary school teacher is using student-led conferences to empower her students. We encourage all schools and…

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Brain Research, Creativity and Project-Based Learning – Education Article

For the last 25 years, I’ve been exploring in practice and theory models of inquiry, in particular, project-based learning. In February I’ll publish a new book, Models of Inquiry – Explained, that examines that work and highlights the commonality between the dozen or so models that dominate the K-12 landscape. A growing body of research seems to point in the direction that inquiry is an effective method of achieving positive student outcomes in content knowledge and 21st Century Skills. But of course…

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