Deeper Learning Digest: Perspectives on Teaching for and Achieving Deeper Learning for All Students
January 29, 2016 10:40 am
Rafael Heller, principal policy analyst at Jobs for the Future and former Alliance for Excellent Education staffer, shares candid perspectives on teacher change in Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog and introduces two recently released papers on deeper learning. In his post, Heller explores the idea that many education reforms occur at a policy level, but very few changes are actually made in the classroom. He explains: “From one decade to the next, policy talk may swing back and forth among competing ideals, movements, and initiatives, but instructional practices change at their own pace (which is to say, very slowly).” This pattern drives the question of whether there are new and different ideas about education, or if we continue to re-package similar concepts over the years. This question is answered in the first of the two reports Heller discusses, called The Why, What, Where, and How of Deeper Learning in American Secondary Schools.